What do the guys from Texas think of this. I am just wondering if it means all the guys who have been in the trade more than 6 years will basicaly be able to achieve a license. I would hate to think all the studying to get my license 4 years ago will now seem worthless to me and alot of other electricians who I have talked to.
See This Site for answers to frequently asked questions about the licensing. I personally think that it is great, because it will require licensing out in the county(s) instead of just in the cities. It has just been a free-for-all in the rural areas. I still don't know how they expect to hire enough inspectors to enforce it though.
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They did something similar not too long ago here in Ohio. It wasn't very easy though and our guys who got grandfathered in had 17-22 years experience in the trade...that's just as good if not better than learning it in a school if you ask me...
They also had to prove that they had experience with the business and legal parts of it as well...its not like a guy who started as a helper 5 years ago can go get grandfathered and get a license (at least not here is wasn't)
When they enacted the Texas air conditioning law in the early '80s, it was a farce. But there was no air conditioning licensing in affect at that time. The test is harder to pass now however it still does not license the individual tradesman, just the company.
The state electrical license at least covers the individual tradesman with master/journeyman licenses. It is starting out better than the a/c law.
I am going for the Master Electrician test here in september 2003. The city I am in currently recognizes the ICC testing (formerly SBCCI). I wonder if I should wait untill the TDLR is issuing the examinations?
Lonestar. To be grandfathered in, you will have to have at least 12000 hours under a master or have held your master license for at least 1 year. So, unless you have the hours, it may be better to wait. Donnie
Depending on how they enforce the documentation of time It may work to your advantage. Here in Minnesota , I worked 9 months out of the year with a lay-off here and there. Ended up taking me 9 yrs to take my Master Test due to the verification process.They are not lenient on time constraints here. If your short on time two weeks, your not testing.
I sent an email to the state licensing board asking how the the new license requirements will be enforced.Currently, in Texas, at least in the areas that I am familiar with, there are no electrical inspections required in the county.The only inspections are on the septic system. This was their reply.....
The inspections will be done as they are currently being performed - by cities and counties. We will be hiring investigators who will be handling the complaints.