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On The Level - January 2021 Edition

Articles in the January 2021 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • New Texas Licensing System Coming Soon
  • Can You Apply Or Renew Online? If You Can, You Should
  • Update on Boiler Rules
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Outreach
  • Escalator Safety: Pay Attention Every Ride

On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.

2020 National Electrical Code Became Effective November 1, 2020

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 June 30, 2020, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees TDLR, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians administrative rules and established the 2020 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 2020 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 November 1, 2020 must be installed in accordance with the 2020 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 November 1, 2020, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2020 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.

Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to the Electricians program rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73, §73.100. The amended rule adopts the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) effective November 1, 2020.

The adoption justification was published in the July 24, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 5170). The updated rule chapter will be made available on August 1, 2020.

On The Level - July 2020 Edition

Articles in the July 2020 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • Coming Soon: 2020 National Electrical Code
  • Remote Inspections of Industrialized Housing & Buildings
  • Elevator Certificate Extensions
  • TDLR's Sunset Review
  • 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.

ARC Flash Newsletter #22 - May 2020

The TDLR Arc Flash is here to keep licensed electricians, city officials, and consumers throughout Texas informed about TDLR's Electrician Licensing program and our efforts to enforce the laws and rules associated with the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act.

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COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived

TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)

Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Conducting Residential Electrical Inspections

Learn more about conducting electrical inspections in this white paper issued by the National Fire Protection Association. Read More (PDF)

Residential Appliance Installers Authorized Scope of Work and Service – Pool-Related Electrical Devices

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) hereby provides additional scope of work and service guidance to political subdivisions, residential appliance installer license (RAIL) holders, and related stakeholders regarding pool and spa work settings.  Holders of a RAIL license may:

  • Install, uninstall, or replace pool-related electrical devices including underwater lights, ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), pumps, motors, heaters, automation systems, and related equipment on the “load-side” of the control-center while maintaining National Electrical Code compliance. However, if the system requires a new or upgraded “line-circuit,” only a licensed electrical contractor with a designated master electrician may offer to perform that work.
  • Install or add pool-related electrical devices to an existing pool that do not require an increase in amperage or access to a main breaker panel. For example, a RAIL holder may install salt systems, a time clock or similar automation equipment, a variable speed motor, or ultraviolet or ozone equipment.
  • Install, uninstall, or replace pool-related electrical devices that use direct or alternating current. 

In addition, a residential appliance dealer or manufacturer, or a person authorized by a dealer or manufacturer, may perform maintenance and repair of a pool-related electrical device. However, maintenance and repair may be performed using only components of the same type and ampacity as the original components.[1]

The above services and work scope, if performed by a RAIL holder as outlined, would be in accordance with TDLR requirements and may be deemed eligible for applicable governmental, vendor, or manufacturer rebates sought by consumers. 

[1] See Texas Occupations Code § 1305.003(a)(22).


Advisory Board Meetings

November 10, 2020

The Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board met November 10, 2020 via videoconference. The agenda and staff reports are available online.The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR’s YouTube channel.