Did you know the state of Texas requires a license if you are pursuing work as an electrician? Individuals seeking to work Texas electricians, in any of the electrical trades, will need to have the minimum required experience and pass the related exam for their trade. Once you have passed your exam, you will need to submit your related application to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
There are several types of Electrical Licenses in Texas. Today, we will focus on two of them: Sign Electrician and Maintenance Electrician.Electrical work is defined as:
- Any labor or material used in installing, maintaining or extending an electrical wiring system and the appurtenances, apparatus or equipment used in connection with the use of electrical energy in, on, outside, or attached to a building, residence, structure, property, or premises
- Service entrance conductors, as defined by the National Electrical Code.
Journeyman Sign ElectricianJourneyman Sign Electricians are licensed to perform electrical sign work while working under the general supervision of a Master Electrician or a Master Sign Electrician, Requirements for obtaining a Journeyman Sign license are:
- Must have at least 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician; and
- Pass a journeyman electrician examination
Application and FeeYou must apply by mail for the initial license application. Submit a completed Journeyman Sign Electrician License Application Form (PDF) with the non-refundable $30 application fee to:
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation PO Box 12157 Austin TX, 78711-2157All electrician licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed annually. Renewals may be completed online.
Maintenance ElectricianMaintenance Electricians are licensed to perform electrical maintenance work while working under the general supervision of a Master Electrician. To apply for a Maintenance Electrician license, you must be able to show that you have completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a Master Electrician or a Maintenance Electrician licensed in Texas. You will need to contact and obtain verification from each Master Electrician or Maintenance Electrician who supervised you.
- The exam has 60 questions and a time limit of 180 minutes.
- A 70% is required to pass.
- Topics on the exam include Definitions, Calculations, Theory, and Plans, Electrical Services, Service Equipment, and Separately Derived Systems, Electrical Feeders, Branch Circuit Calculations and Conductors, Electrical Wiring Methods and Electrical Materials, Electrical Equipment and Devices, Motors and Generators, Electrical Control Devices and Disconnecting Means, Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions.
- To schedule your exam, contact PSI at 800-733-9267. The exam is $64
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ExaminationAfter your completed application has been received and verified, you will receive notification that you are approved to take the licensing exam. Please see the examinations page for detailed information, including required fees. TDLR offers electrician examinations through our third-party vendor, PSI, at their many locations throughout Texas. Your name must match exactly with the information TDLR has on file. Please see the Candidate Information Bulletin for detailed information on scheduling your exam. The exam is open book. You may bring the 2020 Softcover Edition of the National Electrical Code as a reference during your exam. What is not allowed:
- Candidates may NOT write, highlight, underline, index, or mark their NEC book during the examination session.
- Candidates are NOT permitted to have their NEC books tabbed with homemade, DIY, or non-NEC tabs.
- 2020 NEC Changes
- Texas Occupations Code 1305
- Texas Administrative Rules 73
- NFPA 70E
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- Course #: 24526