Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A Texas Electrical Contractor

The electrical Texas contractor license is issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

They also issue:

  • Master electrician license
  • Journeyman license
  • Specialty licenses for electrical signs
  • Residential appliance installation
  • Sign electrician
  • Maintenance electrician
  • Residential wireman.

The electrical Texas contractor license requires you to be a licensed master electrician or have a master electrician on your staff. You must also provide proof of workers compensation insurance and establish financial responsibility. In addition, you must pass the Texas electrical contractor license examination that is administered by PSI.

You can take this test at various locations in the state. The test will cover areas of general electrical knowledge, business, and law. The Texas electrical contractor license costs $115 each year and no continuing education is needed to renew. Texas offers reciprocity to electrical contractors licensed in the state of Louisiana.

The Texas master electrician license requires 12,000 hours of job experience with at least two years working as a licensed journeyman electrician. The master electrician is licensed to perform all kinds of electrical work and act as a master of record for electrical contractors. It is also necessary to pass an examination. This test is based on the 2008 National Electrical Code and has 100 questions that take about five hours to complete. A score of at least 75% is needed to pass. The test costs $78 and the license costs $50 per year. The Texas master electrician license requires four hours of continuing education for renewal. This license has reciprocity with the Louisiana state contractor’s license.

The journeyman electrician license in Texas requires a minimum of 8000 hours of job training and the successful passage of the journeyman examination. The exam is administered by PSI and is based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. There are 80 questions that take about four hours to complete. The fee for the test is $78 and the Texas journeyman electrician license itself costs $35 per year. Four hours of continuing education credits are needed to renew. This license has reciprocity with Arkansas and Wyoming.

The specialty electrician licenses have various requirements and costs depending upon whether they are issued at the apprentice, contractor, or journeyman level. Each specialty has its own yearly fee and requirement for four continuing education credits for renewal.

You can apply for a Texas electrical contractor license and any of the other specialty electrician licenses online on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website. You can slow download and print the applications if you prefer. You can also use this site to print your license, apply for renewal, and track your continuing education credits.