An electrical license enables a person holding one to make electrical installations. The criteria for getting an electrical license can vary from state to state. In Texas, electrician license is required by specialty contractors such as Heavy Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractors, plumbing, well drilling and pump installation, electricians, and fire sprinkler systems specialists. Home builders are not licensed but checking with a local municipality is prudent before starting work.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
To start specialty jobs like HVAC, Texas electrical license is a must and the Department of Licensing and Regulations normally issues two types of licenses. The first one is a Class A license that entitles a contractor to work on any size of HVAC equipment. The second one, which is Class B, allows only 1.5 million BTU of heating and 25 tons of cooling equipment. Both however also require an endorsement certificate for commercial refrigeration, environmental air conditioning, and process cooling and heating. Before attaining the endorsement, an examination conducted by PSI needs to be cleared and it requires at least three years practical work experience after the completion of an electrician course.
Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
Apart from the Texas electrical license, tackling many plumbing jobs in Texas requires a plumber’s license issued by Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. A plumbing license too requires passing an examination and to be able to take this exam a person should have held a journeyman’s license for a year in Texas. However, if a person already has a journeyman license from another state, then a Texas journeyman license can be obtained directly without the two-year work-experience period required. The examination usually has questions pertaining to plumbing codes, plumbing license laws and board rules, occupational safety, and much more.
Well Drilling and Pump Installation License.
The Texas Department for Licensing and Regulation issues four types of well drilling licenses and they are Water Well, Monitor Well, Closed Loop Geothermal Well, and Master Drill license. For pump installation, there are five types of licenses that are issued, they are: Single Phase, Three Phase, Windmills, Hand Pump and Pump Jack’s license, Line Shaft Turbine pumps, and the Master Installer license. An examination testing a candidate’s well-drilling and pump installation skill is to be cleared, which in turn requires two-years of work experience.
Texas Electrician License
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issues a Texas electrician license that allows a person to work as a licensed electrician in the state. The licensure again has certain criteria and qualifications that needs to be met by the candidate. There are several specialties in electrician job designations, for example, the Electrical Sign Contractor, Electrical Contractor, Residential Appliance Installation Contractor, Master Electrician, Master Sign Electrician, Journeyman Electrician, Journeyman Sign Electrician, Residential Wireman, Maintenance Electrician, and Electrical Apprentice and Residential Appliance Installer. Each license demands certain criteria such as work experience; on-the-job training that needs to met in order to qualify to acquire a particular license. The states of Texas and Louisiana have a reciprocal license agreement for master electricians. Washington and Arkansas have a reciprocal license agreement with Texas for journeyman electrician
State Fire Marshall Office
In Texas, to work as a Fire Sprinkler Systems contractor, a license is required that is issued by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. There are three types of licenses issued by the department and they are dwelling, general, and underground water supply piping certificates. If a person is registered as a professional engineer in Texas, then there is an exemption in the course conducted by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), otherwise it is mandatory to take and pass this examination; fire sprinkler installation in one and two family dwellings requires a pass from the NFPA. While the RME general license requires clearing NICET III course; however, for underground piping license does not require the NICET course but a clearance certificate in the Fire Marshall’s Office exam.
Even after obtaining the proper license for each type of contract and project-work, there is still other criterion that needs to be met to practice as a licensed contractor. All licenses including Texas electrical license need to be renewed periodically. Continued updating of skills and following occupational safety regulations and codes is a must. Failure to comply may end in the termination of your license.