A master electrician is a professional within the construction industry. In order to become a master electrician in Texas, you must obtain entry-level and intermediate licensure as well as undergo a specific amount of on-the-job training, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The job duties of a master electrician can vary according to each job; however, they may include overseeing apprentice electricians as well as managing a job site.
In order to apply for a master electrician license in the state of Texas, you must have 12,000 hours of work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed master electrician. You must show documentation of this work through weekly, bi-weekly or monthly pay stubs that document the hours worked for each pay period. This documentation must be included in the application available from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
To begin working under a master electrician for the required on-the-job training, you must first have an Electrical Apprentice license. You do not have to take an exam to obtain this license, but you must pay a $20 licensing fee (as of 2010) and submit the application form, available online, to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. After you have worked 8,000 hours under the direct supervision of a master electrician, you can apply for the Journeyman Electrician license. To obtain this license, you must pass the Journeyman Electrician examination offered through PSI Exams. The Journeyman Electrician exam requires a $63 exam fee. After you have passed the examination, you must submit a Journeyman Electrician application to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation along with a $35 application fee. Before you are eligible to take the Master Electrician examination, you must be a licensed Journeyman Electrician for a minimum of two years.
Master Electrician Examination and Application
Passing the Master Electrician examination is the last requirement for becoming a licensed master electrician. Prior to taking this examination, read through the current National Electrical Code because much of the exam will cover information found in this manual. The Master Electrician exam is administered by PSI Exams and costs $78. After you have taken and passed the exam, submit the Master Electrician License Application. You must include the Experience Verification Form signed by every master electrician you've worked under. The licensing fee with the application is $50 and must be mailed to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. You will receive a response from the department regarding your license within 30 days after receipt.
- US Department of Labor: Electricians
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: On the Job Training Documentation
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Apprentice Electrician Application
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Journeyman Electrician Application
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act
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