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Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules regarding the Electricians program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73, §§73.10, 73.20, 73.24, 73.25, and 73.80).

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 May 1, 2018.

Electrical Safety and Licensing Program Summit – Part 2

ATTENTION: Electrical Industry Employers and Workforce Participants - Please Join TDLR for Part 2 of this Important Summit!

Thursday, March 22nd , the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation will hold Part 2 of our summit to explore how the electrical industry might increase the Number of Qualified Electricians.

Time: 9am - 12pm. The meeting room will open at 8:30am and the summit will begin promptly at 9am.

Location: 1106 Clayton Lane, Austin, TX 78723, East Tower Room # 125E.

Our goal for this summit is to facilitate discussions and identify viable solutions on how to increase the number of qualified electricians in Texas. We will NOT solve this matter in just a couple of summit meetings, but we will do what we can to outline a path forward.

Discussion topics may include:

· Information/Feedback Received from Public Participation in Summit Part 1

  • Reports and Articles Related to the Construction Industry Workforce
  • Apprenticeship - Skills Development and Education
  • Recruiting Efforts and Competing Industries
  • State Reciprocity and Regulatory Requirements

ALL interested parties are invited to join us in Austin OR to view the summit remotely via our TDLR YouTube channel.

To facilitate participation and alleviate travel burdens, TDLR is attempting something new that we hope will enhance participation. The summit will be broadcast via TDLR’s YouTube channel, but for this summit we are also accommodating interactive participation via the PollEverywhere app. The app will allow for us to ask brainstorming questions and obtain your real-time feedback/input without you having to travel to Austin for the meeting.

We encourage you to download the PollEverywhere app PRIORto the summit ( Apple or Android ) - even those who will be attending in person. The app interface simplifies audience participation. If you prefer NOT to download the app, you may still participate by responding via your web browser using this URL https://pollev.com/tdlr OR by texting “TDLR” to the number “37607” and responding to the questions as they are presented via our TDLR YouTube channel. Participation in each individual brainstorming question is limited to the first 100 hundred responses, so if you get a “ Poll is Full” message, it just means that 100 other participants responded before you. The success of our efforts depends on your participation, so please do not miss out on this opportunity.

Any questions regarding the upcoming summit or participation via PollEverywhere should be directed to inspections@tdlr.texas.gov with the subject heading “ELC Summit.”

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.

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.

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

Previous Meeting - March 22, 2018

The Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board met March 22, 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 - Part II

TDLR held a summit on March 22, 2018 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.

Electrical Safety and Licensing Program Summit

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).