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How To Become An Electrician In Texas

Last updated on November 3rd, 2016 at 12:09 pm.

In order to become an electrician in Texas you need to have an electrician license issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

TDLR requirements for electrician licenses are:

Journeyman Electrician – at least 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician prior to taking the exam.

Residential Wireman – at least 4,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician or residential wireman prior to taking the exam.

Becoming an electrician is a popular choice for people who are interested in getting started in skilled trades. People are drawn to the career because of the availability of positions, the highly technical nature, and the physical aspect of the tasks performed by electricians.

Before you can take the electrician’s licensing exam there are several steps you must first take.

How to Become an Electrician in Texas

become an electrician in texasThe first step to becoming an electrician in Texas is to apply for an electrician apprentice license online through the TDLR website.

Or you can download it and mail it in. TEXAS ELC001 Apprentice Electrician License Application

Once the application is complete you want to enroll in an electrical apprenticeship or electrician training program at a trade or vocational school.

Texas Military and Veterans

If you’re in the military or are a veteran, your verified military experience, service, training, or education will be credited towards TDLR licensing requirements. Which means if you’re an electrician in the Air Force then you can speed up the licensing process.

Not only will TDLR wave the initial license application and exam fees, they will put a rush on your application – an added bonus.

Your work under the National Electric Code is credited so that one year of military experience equals 2,000 hours; 6 months equals 1,000 hours, etc. This experience will be credited towards the following licenses:

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

Licensing  and Certification

Once you have completed your apprenticeship you’ll need to apply to take the electrician license exam. Once you have applied you will have one year to take the exam before having to re-apply. Take the time to study and prepare for the exam.

After passing the test you will be licensed as a journeyman electrician with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The next course is to begin recording your working hours as a journeyman electrician. You need 4,ooo hours (about 2 years) of working as a journeyman to meet the requirements for the master electrician exam.

Electrical Apprenticeships in Texas

There are two types of apprenticeships in Texas: the Independent Electrical Contractors and Electrical Training Alliance (IBEW). To learn more about the IEC apprenticeships click here. For more information about the ETA apprenticeships click here.

Independent Electrical Contractors


Central Texas

El Paso

Fort Worth / Tarrant County

Mid South


San Antonio

Texas Gulf Coast

East Texas
P.O. Box 1261 Tyler, Texas 75710-1261
Phone: (903) 597-7054
Fax: (972) 597-7500

Texas Panhandle
P.O. Box 546 Borger, Texas 79008 
Phone: (806) 274-7169
Fax: (806) 273-3331
505 Oak St. Burkburnett, Texas 76354 
Phone: (940) 723-2211
Fax: (940) 322-2722


Electrical Training Alliance (IBEW / NECA)

North Texas


El Paso

Texas Gulf Coast

6111 Jacksboro Highway
Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Phone (940)322-1661
Fax (940)723-9301

909 Caddo Street,San Angelo
TX 76901
Phone 325-655-1401
Fax 325-655-2881

Houston Electrical JATC
108 Covern Street,Houston
TX 77061
Phone 713-649-2739
Fax 713-649-1166