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#27530 - 07/19/03 08:56 PM New Texas Licenseing  
waymag  Offline
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dallas, texas, USA
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.


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#27531 - 07/19/03 09:43 PM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
txsparky  Offline
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Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
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. [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by txsparky (edited 07-19-2003).]


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#27532 - 07/19/03 09:52 PM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
waymag  Offline
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That is the site I was talking about. I am just worried about some of the guys with time in the trade who will just be able to up and get a license without taking a test under the grandfathering part.


#27533 - 07/19/03 10:32 PM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
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Hopefully, the only ones to be grandfathered in will be those that are currently licensed. Until the application forms are finalized and made available, it's anybody's guess.


Donnie

#27534 - 07/21/03 04:26 PM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
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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)

anyway - my 2 cents


#27535 - 07/21/03 07:10 PM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
wolfdog  Offline
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Dallas,TX
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.


#27536 - 07/24/03 09:35 PM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
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Victoria, TX 77901
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?


#27537 - 07/26/03 09:04 AM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
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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


Donnie

#27538 - 08/02/03 08:26 AM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
mlk682  Offline
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Foley Mn
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.

My 2 cents anyway

Have a good one


#27539 - 08/11/03 04:49 PM Re: New Texas Licenseing  
txsparky  Offline
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Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
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. [Linked Image] This was their reply.....
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Mr. McMayon,

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.

Please refer to the "Electricians" web page at: http://www.license.state.tx.us/electricians/elec.htm

"Frequently asked questions" may be accessed at: http://www.license.state.tx.us/electricians/elecfaq.htm

Lisa Houdek
TDLR

The way I see it,there will still be no enforcement [Linked Image]. I guess all the state wants is our money with nothing in return for it. Whats New?


Donnie

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