Senate Bill 470, passed in the 81st Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, amends the Texas Electrical Safety and License Act (Occupations Code, Chapter 1305). This amendment creates an annual four-hour continuing education requirement for renewing electrical apprentice licenses if the licensee is not enrolled in an apprenticeship training program. The change in law applies to the renewal of a license that expires on or after September 1, 2010. This amendment does not apply to electrical sign apprentices.
The bill also modifies the current continuing education required to renew a license by adding “safety” (NFPA 70E) as a topic to be addressed along with the National Electrical Code, and Texas law and rules regulating electricians. The change in law applies to the renewal of a license that expires on or after September 1, 2010.
Electrical Contractors and Electrical Sign Contractors are not required to meet the continuing education requirement for renewal.
Continuing education courses must be completed within the term of the license being renewed. For example, if a license expires on September 2, 2010, the continuing education courses taken to renew that license must have been taken between September 2, 2009 and September 2, 2010.
For a late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the one year period immediately prior to the date of renewal.
Licensees may not receive continuing education credit for attending the same course more than once for one renewal period. Further, licensees must retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a course for one year after the date of completion. In conducting any inspection or investigation of the licensee, the department may examine the licensee’s records to determine compliance.Please note that the reporting of continuing education hours is the responsibility of the continuing education provider. Licensees may check their hours from the program's CE link to "Check the CE course you have completed." If the hours have not been reported, the licensee should contact the provider first to ensure that the hours are reported. If the reporting issue is not resolved, they have the option of filing a complaint.
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