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Please NOTE:- BE CAREFUL what you purchase on the web!
Many websites offer OLD & OUT-DATED information about Texas electrical exams! (Read the next section).
I just wanted to warn all of my fellow Texas electricians out there! There are some companies in Texas (I won't name names) that advertise, and claim to be TDLR approved providers, but they are NOT!

Some offer electrician "TDLR approved" CEU classes, (they actually list a TDLR Certified Education Provider" number on their websites, and Facebook pages), AND they also offer "electriciantesting" exam prep classes, and products!
One problem! The displayed Provider number doesn't even exist! Therefore they are NOT a TDLR approved provider, and cannot offer any kind of TDLR approved CE (or CEU) courses at all!
Just be SURE that you know who you are dealing with, and verify their claimed state of Texas "TDLR Approved" status, and if you DO see such offerings and cannot verify their TDLR license number at this link:
then turn them in to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation! It is a CRIME to advertise being an approved provider, (When in fact they are not) and to offer "TDLR approved" courses which they are not licensed OR certified to offer!

This is an equal crime to offering to perform electrical work without holding an electrical license! Not to mention false advertising!


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General FAQ's

For ALL questions pertaining to Texas state electrical licensing, or electrical examination, you can find the answers on the TDLR website TDLRs main electrician page HERE, this is the OFFICIAL Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation web site, and it has ALL of the information for ANYTHING pertaining to electrical licensing.

Can I apply for a new electricians' license online?
But.. ONLY or a Texas state electrical apprentice, or sign apprentice license click Apprentice electrician LicensesHERE.
----- You MUST have at least an apprentice license ANYTIME that you perform non-exempt electrical work. An apprentice electrician license does NOT require a test, or work experience. You can obtain a temporary license online (which is good for 21 days), then if the state approves everything they will send your regular license to you via USPS

----- To apply for any other Texas state electrical license go License InformationHERE. You can fill out and print the forms, then mail the application to the TDLR. You must have the required experience, and you must send in the appropriate application, fees, and any required attachments, then be approved prior to scheduling the appropriate examination (see below).

Are there SPECIAL classes for differant license exams?

Please NOTE: In Texas, ALL electrical exams are based upon the SAME (currently) 2014 NEC codes. This means that there is NO "SPECIAL" or "DIFFERANT" course/exam prep for ANY of the electrical exam(s). ALL electrical exams are based upon the SAME 2014 NEC codes.

The ONLY differance (in the exams) is the number of questions, and in the areas applicable. THIS MEANS that ALL exams share similar questions (with-in limitations). We offer the most recent differances in these exams FOR FREE in our NEW licensing information FAQs. We TELL YOU what AREAS of the code,( and how many questions) apply to EACH individual exam!

There are ONLY two ways to pass these exams -(1) KNOW the answers by heart. - (2) KNOW where & how to find the answers (in the 2014 NEC) VERY quickly! (whithin 3 minutes each)

Does Texas reciprocate with any other states?
Yes! Texas and Louisiana, reciprocate for a Masters (Contractors) license.
------Texas, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. reciprocate for a Journeyman License if you have Passed the state approved exam.
------You must have...
-- ----Held the matching reciprocal license for at least one year;
-- --- Have at least the required number of hours (depending upon license type) under the supervision of
- - - -a licensed master electrician.

ClickTexas Electrician ReciprocityHERE to see more details from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)

How can I take a Texas State electrician examination?

New Texas Electrician Examinations and Testing Service!
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has entered into a new contract with PSI to develop, maintain and deliver licensing examinations.
This new contract, the resulting examinations, and a new application process will change how electricians get licensed in Texas. A summary of the changes can be found below. These changes went into effect on September 1, 2009.
VERY IMPORTANT: ICC examinations taken on or after September 1, 2009 will NOT be accepted for Texas electrician licensing.

Instead of taking the examination and then applying to the department for a license, electricians will first make application to the department and then, if they are eligible, will be notified by mail that they may make an appointment to sit for their examination.

PSI will deliver new Texas electrician examinations at 22 sites around the state. See PSI electrician for additional information about PSI. These new TDLR examinations have been developed by Texas electrician subject matter experts. Information about the new examinations and applications may be found on our website Electrician License InfoHERE, or on the TDLR web site at:
TDLR Exam Info

Please contact T.D.L.R at TDLR, for further assistance.

Beginning September 1, 2014, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2014 NEC. The state electrical exams are available through PSI, who has contracted with TDLR to develop, maintain, and administer the state electrician licensing examinations. It is important for license candidates to review the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which contains detailed information regarding the examinations and is vital to understanding the process.

Many of you will be purchasing the new code book and we would like to remind you that loose leaf NEC code books such as spiral-bound or ring-bound books will NOT be allowed in the PSI test centers. Furthermore, candidates are not permitted to bring in any additional papers (loose or attached) with their approved reference. For more detailed information about taking examinations at PSI please
download the Electrician Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) on the TDLR web site.

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