Texas electrician license requirements
You may need to satisfy certain experience qualifications depending on which license you are applying for.
Apprentice electrician license requirements
Applicants for an electrical apprentice license do not need to fulfill any work experience requirements.
Journeyman electrician license requirements
You must have at least 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician. However, you may apply once you reach 7,000 hours of training, which allows you to take the Texas journeyman electrical exam in anticipation of reaching the full 8,000 hours required for licensure.
Master electrician license requirements
You must have held a journeyman electrician license for at least two years. You must have at least 12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician.
Insurance for Texas electricians
Once you receive your license, consider what type of self-employed electrician insurance can help protect you professionally and financially. Here are some of the types of Texas business insurance to consider:
General liability insurance
General liability insurance in Texas can help cover routine incidents that can occur on the job, like damage to property or a customer injury.
Workers’ compensation insurance
Workers’ compensation insurance can help cover lost wages, medical expenses and more if you or an employee gets injured on the job.
Tools and equipment insurance
Tools and equipment insurance can help cover the cost of repairing or replacing your work gear in the event of theft or damage.
Commercial auto insurance
Commercial auto insurance can help provide coverage for property damage, medical costs and more if you get into an accident while driving for work.
Commercial property insurance
Commercial property insurance can help cover buildings you own or rent and the gear, inventory and equipment stored inside.
Requirements for Texas electrician license renewal
You must renew your Texas electrician license annually. The date of issuance becomes the expiration date for the following years. You can renew online by filling out an application and submitting the appropriate renewal fee:
- Apprentice electrician: $20
- Journeyman electrician: $30
- Master electrician: $45
You must complete four hours of continuing education credits within each one-year license period. This coursework must cover the following topics:
- National Electrical Code (NEC)
- Texas Electrician Law
- Texas Electrician Administrative Rules
- Electrical Safety
The continuing education course provider will report your completed hours to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
Texas electrician license reciprocity
Texas has reciprocal licensing agreements with select states for journeyman and master electrician licenses. There are no reciprocal agreements for apprentice licenses.
Journeyman electrician reciprocity:
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
Master electrician reciprocity:
Electricians applying for reciprocity must have held their out-of-state license for at least one year and must demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements for licensing in Texas.
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