Electrician Licensing

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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the Electricians program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73, §§73.51, 73.52, and 73.54). The amendments are necessary to update the Department’s internet address. The proposed rule amendments are published in the May 15, 2015, issue of the Texas Register (40 TexReg 2637). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until June 15, 2015. The Department encourages anyone interested in the Electricians program to review the rule proposal. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.


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Vacancies on Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board - The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces three vacancies on the Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1305. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 TAC §73.65. The purpose of the Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) on technical matters relevant to the administration and enforcement of this chapter, including examination content, licensing standards, electrical code requirements, and continuing education requirements.

 The Board is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Board consists of three master electrician members, three journeyman electrician members, and three public members. The advisory board members must include: two members who are affiliated with a statewide association of electrical contractors not affiliated with a labor organization; three members who are affiliated with a labor organization; one member who is not affiliated with a statewide association of electrical contractors or with a labor organization; one member who is affiliated with a historically underutilized business, as that term is defined by Section 2161.001, Government Code; and one public member who is a building contractor principally engaged in home construction and is a member of a statewide building trade association. A licensed electrical engineer or an electrical inspector may be appointed as a public member of the advisory board. Members serve staggered six-year terms. This announcement is for the following positions: (1) a master electrician, (2) a journeyman electrician; and (3) a public member. At least one member must represent a labor organization and one member who is affiliated with a historically underutilized business.

Interested persons should apply online. Applicants can also request an application by telephone (800-803-9202), FAX (512-475-2874) or email (advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov).

Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant's expense.


Electrician Fee Changes - On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation approved a reduction in the license and renewal fees for many license types in the Electricians program. TDLR estimates this fee reduction will result in a savings for licensees of $660,890 annually, with an estimated five-year savings of $3,304,450.

The following fee reductions take effect January 1, 2014 for initial applications and February 1, 2014 for renewals:

Master Electrician:

Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $50
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $45
Savings: 10%

Master Sign Electrician:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $50
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $45
Savings: 10%

Journeyman Electrician:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $35
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $30
Savings: 14.2%

Journeyman Sign Electrician:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $35
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $30
Savings: 14.2%

Residential Wireman:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $25
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $20
Savings: 20%

Maintenance Electrician:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $25
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $20
Savings: 20%

Electrical Contractor:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $115
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $110
Savings: 4.3%

Electrical Sign Contractor: Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $115
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $110
Savings: 4.3%

Residential Appliance Installer:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $35
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $30
Savings: 14.2%

Residential Appliance Installation Contractor:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $115
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $110
Savings: 4.3%

Apprentice Training Program Registration:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $100
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $95
Savings: 5%

“These savings result from the fee review we conduct each year, as part of our vision of ‘Smaller, Smarter Government’,” said TDLR Executive Director William Kuntz. “TDLR ensures that our license fees are reasonable and only cover the actual cost of administering our programs. With these fee reductions, our licensees and the public will receive the same high level of service but now at a lower cost.”

At their November 21st meeting, the Commission lowered fees for more than 400,000 TDLR licensees. TDLR estimates the total savings for all licensees will amount to nearly $6 million each year, with an estimated five-year savings of $29,661,245.

“I’m proud that TDLR is leading the way to lower economic barriers for entry into the Texas workforce while helping businesses grow and keep more money in their pockets,” said Commission Chairman Mike Arismendez. “With these fee reductions, TDLR licensees will save real money now and for years to come.”

Questions? Contact TDLR at cs.electricians@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202


2014 National Electrical Code Becomes Effective September 1, 2014

The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to adopt the revised National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas. On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees TDLR, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians administrative rules and established the 2014 NEC as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act.

Chapter 1305.201 of the Act provides municipalities the authority to make local amendments to the 2014 NEC; however, any proposal to amend these standards should be done in accordance with NEC 90.4 which stipulates that "the authority having jurisdiction may waive specific requirements in this Code or permit alternative methods where it is assured that equivalent objectives can be achieved by establishing and maintaining effective safety."

Any non-exempt electrical work started on or after September 1, 2014 must be installed in accordance with the 2014 NEC. For purposes of clarification, the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments.

Beginning September 1, 2014, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2014 NEC. The state electrical exams are available through PSI, who has contracted with TDLR to develop, maintain, and administer the state electrician licensing examinations. It is important for license candidates to review the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which contains detailed information regarding the examinations and is vital to understanding the process.

Questions? Contact TDLR at cs.electricians@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202.