Texas Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

Electrical contractors are licensed to engage in the business of designing, installing, erecting, repairing, or altering electrical wires or conductors to be used for light, heat, power, or signaling purposes.

This includes the installation or repair of ducts, raceways, or conduits for the reception or protection of wires or conductors and the installation or repair of any electrical machinery, apparatus, or system used for electrical light, heat, power, or signaling.

To apply for an Electrical Contractor License:

  • You must employ a licensed Master Electrician to apply for an Electrical Contractor license.
    • The Master Electrician may also be the business owner.
    • A Master Electrician may only be assigned to a single Electrical Contractor, unless the Master Electrician owns more than 50 percent of the electrical contracting business.
  • Electrical contractors must maintain the required limits of business liability insurance:

    • Minimum $300,000 per occurrence (combined for property damage and bodily injury);

    • Minimum $600,000 aggregate (total amount the policy will pay for property damage and bodily injury coverage); and

    • Minimum $300,000 aggregate for products and completed operation

  • You must provide one of the following with your completed application materials:

    • Proof of having obtained workers’ compensation insurance, or

    • A certificate of authority to self-insure, or

    • A statement that you have elected not to obtain workers’ compensation insurance pursuant to Subchapter A, Chapter 406, Labor Code.

Electrical Sign Contractors are licensed to engage in the business of designing, manufacturing, installing, connecting, reconnecting, or servicing an electric sign, cold cathode, neon gas tubing, or outline gas tubing, or altering electric sign wiring or conductors either inside or outside of a building.

To apply for an Electrical Sign Contractor License:

  • You must either employ a licensed Master Electrician or Master Sign Electrician at their business.
    • Electrical Sign Contractors may also hold a Master Electrician license or a Master Sign Electrician license themselves.
    • A Master Electrician or Master Sign Electrician’s license may only be assigned to a single Electrical Sign Contractor, unless the Master Electrician/Master Sign Electrician owns more than 50 percent of the electrical sign contracting business.
  • Electrical sign contractors must maintain the required limits of business liability insurance:

    • Minimum $300,000 per occurrence (combined for property damage and bodily injury);

    • Minimum $600,000 aggregate (total amount the policy will pay for property damage and bodily injury coverage); and

    • Minimum $300,000 aggregate for products and completed operation

  • You must provide one of the following with your completed application materials:

    • Proof of having obtained workers’ compensation insurance, or

    • A certificate of authority to self-insure, or

    • A statement that you have elected not to obtain workers’ compensation insurance pursuant to Subchapter A, Chapter 406, Labor Code.

Residential Appliance Installation Contractors are licensed to engage in the business of residential appliance installation including pool-related electrical installation and maintenance.

To apply for a Residential Appliance Installation Contractor License:

  • You must employ a licensed Residential Appliance Installer.
    • The Residential Appliance Installer may also be the business owner.
    • A Residential Appliance Installer’s license may only be assigned to a single Residential Appliance Installation Contractor, unless the Residential Appliance Installer owns more than 50 percent of the residential appliance installation contracting business.
  • Electrical contractors must maintain the required limits of business liability insurance:

    • Minimum $300,000 per occurrence (combined for property damage and bodily injury);

    • Minimum $600,000 aggregate (total amount the policy will pay for property damage and bodily injury coverage); and

    • Minimum $300,000 aggregate for products and completed operation

  • You must provide one of the following with your completed application materials:

    • Proof of having obtained workers’ compensation insurance, or

    • A certificate of authority to self-insure, or

    • A statement that you have elected not to obtain workers’ compensation insurance pursuant to Subchapter A, Chapter 406, Labor Code.

A Master Electrician is licensed to install, maintain, or extend an electrical wiring system and the appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection with the use of electrical energy in, on, outside, or attached to a building, residence, structure, property, or premises, including service entrance conductors.

To apply for a Master Electrician license:

  • you must have held Journeyman Electrician license for at least two years. Note that Journeyman Industrial Electrician experience may not be used to qualify for a Master Electrician license.
  • You must also be able to show that you have completed 12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a Master Electrician licensed in Texas.

Master Sign Electricians are licensed to work on behalf of an Electrical Sign Contractor to perform electrical sign work, which includes manufacturing, installing, maintaining, extending, connecting or reconnecting an electrical wiring system and its appurtenances, apparatus or equipment used in connection with signs, outline lighting, awnings, signals, light emitting diodes, and the repair of existing outdoor electric discharge lighting, including parking lot pole lighting. This also includes the installation of an electrical service integral to an isolated sign and/or outline lighting installation.

To apply for a Master Sign Electrician license, you must able to show that you have completed 12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a Master Electrician or a Master Sign Electrician who is licensed in Texas.

A Journeyman Electrician is licensed to perform electrical work under the general supervision of a Master Electrician.

To apply for a Journeyman Electrician license, you must have completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a Master Electrician licensed in Texas.

Journeyman Sign Electricians are licensed to perform electrical sign work while working under the general supervision of a Master Electrician or a Master Sign Electrician.

To apply for a Journeyman Sign Electrician license, you must have completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a Master or Master Sign Electrician licensed in Texas.

A Journeyman Industrial Electrician is licensed to engage in electrical work exclusively at a business that operates a chemical plant, petrochemical plant, refinery, natural gas plant, natural gas treating plant, pipeline, or oil and gas exploration and production operation. Journeyman Industrial Electrician electricians may not perform residential or commercial electrical work.

The Journeyman Industrial Electrician license is a limited license and NOT the equivalent of a Journeyman Electrician license. Journeyman Industrial Electricians may not use their experience towards a Master Electrician license.

To apply for a Journeyman Industrial Electrician license, you must have completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training as a licensed electrical apprentice under the supervision of a Master Electrician licensed in Texas.

A Journeyman Lineman is licensed to engage in electrical work involving the maintenance and operation of equipment associated with the transmission and distribution of electricity from the electricity’s original source to a substation for further distribution.

The Journeyman Lineman license is a limited license and NOT the equivalent of a Journeyman Electrician license.

To apply for a Journeyman Lineman license:

  • you must have completed 7,000 hours of training in an apprenticeship program approved by the United States Department of Labor; OR
  • you may apply with 3.5 years of documented experience as a Journeyman Lineman for an electric utility, electric cooperative, municipality owned utility, or electrical contractor in Texas.

Maintenance Electricians are licensed to perform electrical maintenance work while working under the general supervision of a Master Electrician.

To apply for a Maintenance Electrician license, you must be able to show that you have completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a Master Electrician or a Maintenance Electrician licensed in Texas.

A Residential Wireman is licensed only to perform electrical installations in single-family and multifamily dwellings not exceeding four stories.

To apply for a Residential Wireman license, you must be able to show that you have completed 4,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a Master Electrician or Residential Wireman licensed in Texas.

A Residential Appliance Installer is licensed to perform electrical work that is limited to residential appliance installation, including residential pool-related electrical installation and maintenance, on behalf of a residential appliance installation contractor.

There are no experience requirements needed to apply for a license as a Residential Appliance Installer.

Electrical Contractor and Electrician licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed annually.

Contractors and Residential Appliance Installers are not required to complete continuing education.

The following licensees are required to complete 4 hours of continuing education prior to each license renewal:

  • Master Electricians
  • Journeyman Electricians
  • Journeyman Lineman
  • Journeyman Industrial Electrician
  • Residential Wireman
  • Maintenance Electricians
  • Master Sign Electricians
  • Journeyman Sign Electricians

Continuing education courses must be completed within the term of the license being renewed.

Continuing education courses must be completed within the term of the license being renewed. 

Courses must be from a registered TDLR provider. Un-approved courses will not count toward your required hours for license renewal.

One hour of continuing education is equivalent to 50 minutes of actual instruction time.

The required 4 hours of coursework must address the following:

  • National Electrical Code, as adopted under Title 8, Occupations Code §1305.101, or the current version of the National Electrical Code, as approved by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Texas Electrician Law (Title 8, Occupations Code, Chapter 1305)
  • Texas Electrician Administrative Rules (Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73)
  • Electrical Safety as defined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E

You may not receive continuing education credit for attending the same course more than once.

TDLR does not accept partial completion of continuing education courses. However, a provider may allow you to finish the course at another time.

If you have already taken four hours of continuing education in the NEC only, you will be required to take an additional approved course in the law, rules, or safety from the NFPA 70E, which will be a minimum of one hour.

For questions regarding your state’s CE requirements or licensing, please contact your state board directly. 

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TEXAS Continuing Education Courses

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