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Proposed Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the Electricians program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73, §73.10, 73.20,73.24,73.25 and 73.80). The proposed rules implement changes from House Bill 1698, 85th Legislature, Regular Session (2017), which creates the journeyman industrial electrician license. The proposed rules add a definition, application and renewal fees, continuing education requirements, and address eligibility and waiver of examination requirements for the journeyman industrial electrician license.

The proposed rules are published in the February 2, 2018, issue of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 499). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until March 5, 2018.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Electricians program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.

Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to an existing rule regarding the Electricians program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73, §73.26).

The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of January 15, 2018.

2017 National Electrical Code is Here!

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. In August 2017, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees TDLR, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians administrative rules and established the 2017 NEC as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act. The effective date was September 15, 2017.

Chapter 1305.201 of the Act provides municipalities the authority to make local amendments to the 2017 NEC; however, any proposal to amend these standards should be done in accordance with NEC 90.4 which stipulates "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."

Expectations are that any non-exempt electrical work started on or after September 15, 2017 will have to be installed in accordance with the 2017 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 October 1, 2017, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2017 NEC. The state electrical exams are available through PSI, who contracts with TDLR to develop, maintain, and administer the state electrician licensing examinations. It is very 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.

Free NFPA Training Scheduled for Houston is Postponed Until Further Notice

ATTENTION Electrical Inspectors – Due to the Harvey Disaster, the FREE NFPA Training scheduled for September 20, 2017 and September 21, 2017 is postponed. If/when it is rescheduled, we will contact those individuals that had previously been confirmed for registration. Our apologies for any inconvenience and our thoughts are with all those affected by Harvey.

Re-Establishing Electrical Power After Harvey

Establishing electrical power after a major flooding incident can present many health and safety risks. Here is some helpful information to review:

Always remember to hire a licensed Texas electrical contractor. Search for licensed electrical contractors in your area.

Adopted Amendments to Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to an existing rule regarding the Electricians program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73, §73.100). The adoption justification is available online and the updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of September 15, 2017.

Want to Help Texas Electrical Contractors with Harvey Recovery?

TDLR offers two paths for out-of-state electricians who want to work in Texas in response to the Harvey disaster:

  1. Experienced electricians may quickly and easily obtain a temporary apprentice license online.  Once an apprentice license is obtained, you need to coordinate with a Texas licensed electrical contractor to immediately begin performing electrical work in Texas.  Apply for apprentice license online.
  2. Texas has reciprocal licensing agreements with multiple states, including Master Electrician reciprocity with North Carolina and Louisiana, and Journeyman Electrician reciprocity with Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming. A Journeyman licensed by reciprocity needs to coordinate with a Texas licensed electrical contractor. More information on how to apply by reciprocity.

TDLR is ready to fast-track reciprocal license applications so that electricians wanting to assist with the Harvey recovery efforts may quickly coordinate with Texas Electrical Contractors and begin performing electrical work in Texas.

TDLR Arc Flash - June 2017 Newsletter

Our newsletter is intended to keep city officials, electricians, and consumers throughout Texas informed of the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act and TDLR’s efforts to enforce the associated requirements. Read More >>

Recall Alert for Certain Solar Panels and Connectors

The connectors, Amphenol UTX PV model connectors sold with solar panels, can develop microscopic cracks that allow moisture to leak into them while the system is producing electricity, posing an electrical shock hazard. Read More >>

TDLR Sting Operation in Houston busts dozens

Dozens of unlicensed Air Conditioning contractors and Electricians busted in a TDLR sting operation in Houston. KHOU has a report.

Recovery from Floods and Storms

'After The Storm - Floodwater Safety' (PDF) information from UL on health and safety issues following a flood

“Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig” Pipeline Damage Prevention

To help protect against personal injury, including loss of life, costly property damage, expensive repairs and legal and civil penalties, TDLR encourages our licensees to follow guidance provided by the Railroad Commission of Texas through their Pipeline Damage Prevention Program PLEASE READ http://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/30021/educational-letter.pdf


Advisory Board Meetings

March 22, 2018 Meeting

The Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board is scheduled to meet Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 125E, in Austin. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Previous Meeting - January 11, 2018

The Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board met January 11, 2018 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Electrical Safety and Licensing Program Summit - January 11, 2018

On January 11, 2018, TDLR held a summit in Austin to explore how the electrical industry can increase the number of qualified electricians in Texas. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel. View the presentations: Presentation 1 (4.1 MB PowerPoint); Presentation 2 (1.2 MB PowerPoint).