Electrician Licensing

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Notice of Vacancies on Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces three vacancies on the Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1305.  The purpose of the Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) on technical matters relevant to the administration and enforcement of this chapter, including examination content, licensing standards, electrical code requirements, and continuing education requirements. This announcement is for: (1) master electrician affiliated with a statewide association of electrical contractors not affiliated with a labor organization; (2) a journeyman affiliated with a labor organization; and (3) a public member.

The Board is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval.  The Board consists of:

    1.  three master electricians,
    2. three journeyman electricians,
    3. one master sign electrician,
    4. and two public members. 

The advisory board members must include:

(a)  two members who are affiliated with a statewide association of electrical contractors not affiliated with a labor organization;
(b)  three members who are affiliated with a labor organization;

    1. one member who is not affiliated with a statewide association of electrical contractors or with a labor organization;
    2. one member who is affiliated with a historically underutilized business, as that term is defined by Section 2161.001, Government Code; and
    3. one public member who is a building contractor principally engaged in home construction and is a member of a statewide building trade association.

A licensed electrical engineer or an electrical inspector may be appointed as a public member of the advisory board.

Members serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of three members expiring on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.

Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website at: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/AdvisoryBoard/login.aspx. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

Issued in Austin, Texas this December 27, 2016.

Brian Francis
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation


The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Electricians program rules located at Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73 for re-adoption, revision, or repeal.

The Notice of Intent to Review was published in the Texas Register on December 16, 2016 (41 TexReg 9984).

The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

• Is it obsolete?
• Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
• Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Electricians program to review the Notice of Intent to Review online at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecreview.htm and the current program rules online at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecrules.htm .

Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.

Deadline for comments— January 17, 2017.


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2017 National Electrical Code is Almost 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 2017, TDLR will be adopting the 2017 NEC as the electrical code for the state of Texas and establish it as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act. The proposed effective date will be September 1, 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 1, 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.

Also, beginning September 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 Jerry.Daniel@tdlr.texas.gov or Larry.Reichle@tdlr.texas.gov


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2014 National Electrical Code Became Effective September 1, 2014

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 November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees TDLR, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians administrative rules and established the 2014 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 2014 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 September 1, 2014 must be installed in accordance with the 2014 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 September 1, 2014, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2014 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.