Learning how to become a certified electrician in Texas is highly recommended prior to accepting work as an electrician with any company. There are specific requirements that need to be met before receiving an electrical license, and the trade is highly regulated by the TDLR, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
- Determine the type of license you want. The state of Texas has nine categories for individual electrical licenses. Three of the licenses are available to electricians that fall into a beginner-type of classification. The electrical sign apprentice license is provided to electricians who are at least eighteen years old and are working under a master electrician. The electrical apprentice license is available to electricians who are at least 16 years old and work under a master electrician. The residential appliance installer license is provided to electricians who have successfully passed the residential appliance installer exam and are at least sixteen years old.
- Pass the electrical examination for your license category if required. If your particular license requires you to pass an exam, you will need to contact the testing administrator and pay a fee to take the examination.
- Apply for the electrical license. You must fill out the Texas state electrical license application and pay the appropriate fee. The original application fees range from $20 to $115 depending on the licensing category.
- Take continuing education classes and renew the license. Some electrical license categories require continuing education credits that must be completed each year. You must renew your license prior to the expiration date, or your renewal fee will increase with each month that you are overdue.