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Texas electrician license and insurance requirements

Texas electrician license and insurance requirements

By Ashley Henshaw
Dec 13, 2021
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In Texas, electricity is big business. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), this state ranks first in the country for its electricity production, over a quarter of which is wind-powered.1

When it comes to job opportunities in the industry, Texas boasts the second-highest employment of electricians in the U.S., with over 60,000 of these pros.2

Texas seems like the perfect spot to settle if you’re an electrician. But before you can start working in this state, you’ll need to get a license. Learn more about how to get an electrician license in Texas in this guide, which covers the following topics:

Do you need a license to be an electrician?

If you perform electrical work in Texas, you must have a license issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.3 

The state defines electrical work 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.” This also includes service entrance conductors as defined by the National Electrical Code.

How to get an electrician license in Texas

The process to get your electrician license depends on the license classification you’re pursuing. Here’s a quick overview of the steps for each type of Texas electrician license.

How to get apprentice electrician licenses

  1. Complete an online Texas electrician license application.
  2. Submit your application online with a non-refundable $20 fee.
  3. You will receive a temporary license immediately if you have no criminal convictions.
  4. You will receive a regular license upon completion of a criminal history background check.

How to get journeyman electrician licenses

  1. Complete a printed Texas electrician license application.
  2. Submit your application by mail with a non-refundable $30 fee.
  3. Upon approval of your application, schedule your licensing exam and pay the $78 fee.
  4. Pass the exam with a score of 70% or better.

How to get master electrician licenses

  1. Complete the printed Texas electrician license application.
  2. Submit your application by mail with a non-refundable $45 fee.
  3. Upon approval of your application, schedule your licensing exam and pay the $78 fee.
  4. Pass the exam with a score of 70% or better.

Additional licenses for specific types of electrical work are available, including:

  • Apprentice sign electrician
  • Maintenance electrician
  • Residential appliance installer
  • Residential wireman
  • Journeyman industrial electrician
  • Journeyman lineman
  • Journeyman sign electrician
  • Master sign electrician

See the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website for more information on how to apply for these licenses.

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 this 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 submit an application once you reach 7,000 hours of training, which allows you to take the 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. 

Requirements for Texas electrician license renewals

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

Within each one-year license period, you must complete four hours of continuing education credits. This coursework must cover the following topics:

  • National Electrical Code
  • Texas Electrician Law
  • Texas Electrician Administrative Rules
  • Electrical Safety

The continuing education 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:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Master electrician reciprocity:

  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina

Electricians applying for licensure by reciprocity must have held their out-of-state license for at least one year and be able to demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements for licensing in Texas.

What kind of insurance does an electrician need in Texas?

Once you receive your license, think about what type of self-employed electrician insurance or small business insurance in Texas you need to protect yourself professionally and financially. Here are some of the most common types of insurance to consider:

General Liability insurance

General liability insurance provides coverage for routine incidents that can occur on the job, like damage to property or a customer injury.

Workers’ Compensation insurance

Due to the potentially dangerous nature of electrical work, workers’ compensation insurance for Texas electricians is recommended for professionals in this industry. It helps cover lost wages, medical expenses and more if you or an employee gets injured on the job.

Tools and Equipment insurance

Consider adding tools and equipment insurance to your general liability insurance to get protection for your work gear in the event of theft or damage.

Commercial Auto insurance

Commercial auto insurance is recommended for any electrician who drives a vehicle for work. This insurance can provide coverage for repairs, medical costs and more if you get into an accident.

Commercial Property insurance

Commercial property insurance provides coverage for buildings you own or rent as well as the gear, inventory and equipment stored inside.

How NEXT Insurance supports Texas electricians

NEXT Insurance helps you get the right electrician insurance for your needs, whether you’re an independent worker or a small business owner.

You can do everything online, from applying for coverage to getting a certificate of insurance, which makes it easy to manage things from a job site. Use any computer or mobile device to access your account anywhere, anytime.

As an electrician, you know how important it is to follow safety precautions. You can think of getting insurance with NEXT as another way to protect yourself on the job.

Get an instant quote online today and save on affordable electrician insurance.

Thinking about working as an electrician in another U.S. state? Learn what states require electrician licenses in our summary of electrician license requirements.

Sources

1. U.S. Energy Information Administration

2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

3. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation


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About the author
Ashley Henshaw is a contributing writer at NEXT Insurance and a writer and editor at BrainBoost Media. She specializes in small business topics, covering everything from insurance and branding to web hosting and cryptocurrency. Her work is focused on helping independent business owners and entrepreneurs access the tools they need to succeed.
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