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Texas Maintenance Electrician license exam

For all Texas electrical exams;

You must first apply for a license with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) before taking the exam. The applications can be downloaded LinkHERE, then just print out the pages, fill them in, and return to TDLR along with the required application fee. Once your application is approved by TDLR, you may then schedule a location (The exams are currently offered at 24 sites in Texas) shownLinkHERE and schedule a time to sit for the exam. You can see the locations, and call for the schedules by going to the PSI web site LinkHERE.

Ask for the Electrician's packet. They will have a packet of information about tests for electricians. Most of the packet includes building plans, etc. that you may not need. However, the power wheel with Ohm's law is very helpful for the calculations that you may need to do.

Be sure to show up early. They will need to check you in, take your picture, and ask a few questions. They will not allow a cell phone or most anything into the test center. You will not be able to take in extra paper (except what they give you). You will only be allowed to use the pencil that they give you. You may bring a basic calculator-but it must not have a memory, and must not be programmable. They have a few calculators that you may be able to use. They will look through your book- although part of it is an open-book test.

The tests are difficult tests. Please underline and highlight your NEC codebook as you study for them.



SCOPE OF WORK: Maintenance Electricians works under the general supervision of a master electrician, on behalf of an electrical contractor, or employing governmental entity while performing “Electrical Maintenance Work”.

"Electrical Maintenance Work"--The replacement, or repair of existing electrical appurtenances, apparatus, equipment, machinery, or controls used in connection with the use of electrical energy in, on, outside, or attached to a building, residence, structure, property, or premises. All replacements or repairs must be of the same rating and type as the existing installation. No improvements may be made that are necessary to comply with applicable codes under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1305. Electrical maintenance work does not include the installation of any new electrical appurtenances, apparatus, equipment, machinery, or controls beyond the scope of any existing electrical installation.

QUALIFICATIONS: 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician or a maintenance electrician; Passing score on the maintenance electrician examination.

Before a MAINTENANCE electrician is able to apply for licensure, he/she must complete a total of 8,000 hours of training (four years). All training must be done under the direct supervision of a licensed master electrician, or maintenance electrician. Maintenance electrician applicants must provide proof of completed training hours by filling out the Electrician Experience Verification Form and the Employment History Form, located within this Maintenance Electrician License Application Form provided by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Applicants with any criminal offense conviction (felony or misdemeanor) must complete a criminal history questionnaire. (TDLR does check). You can read the TDLR Criminal History guidlines HERE. As of 2010, the license application requires a $20.00 non-refundable fee. Must pass the Maintenance Electrician PSI Exam.

Annual Renewal: fee is $20.00, and requires 4 hours of TDLR approved continuing education (CE) annually.
The CE hours must cover the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), Safety (NFPA 70E) and Texas state electrician laws and rules.

We offer the required continuing education online, right now.... Right HERE

For late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the 1 year period immediately prior to the date of renewal.

Reciprocity: Texas has no reciprocal agreement for this license.

"Possible" PSI Exam Content

The test is 60 questions - open book.
TDLR Application Cost: $20.00 {non-refundable fee}
PSI Exam Cost: $63.00 {non-refundable fee}
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed: 180 minutes (3 hours)
[3 minutes per question]

Exam Subject Areas

Definitions, Calculations,Theory and Plans - 5
Electrical Services, Service Equipment, & Separately Derived Systems - 8
Electrical Feeders - 3
Branch Circuit Calculations and Conductors - 10
Electrical Wiring Methods & Materials - 9
Electrical Equipment and Devices - 10
Motors and Generators - 4
Electrical Control Devices, & Disconnecting Means - 3
Special Occupancies, Equipment and Conditions - 8

Exam References: LinkNational Electrical Code Book 2014. We recommend that it be tabbed and highlighted.

NOTE: Beginning September 1, 2014, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2014 NEC. The state electrical exams are available through Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which contains detailed information regarding the examinations and is vital to understanding the process.

LinkPSI "Information Bulletin" For Texas electrician exams

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