Learn how you can become a journeyman electrician
Part 1 - Journeyman electrician application
Journeyman electrician license application for the state of Texas - just follow the link. In the state of Texas, in order to become a journeyman electrician, you must have 8,000 hours on-the-job-training. Proof of hours worked are required so start putting together your work history.
The first thing is to apply with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation also known as TDLR. In that application fill out your personal and career information. TDLR’s application form comes with a $30 fee (at the time that this article was written).
If you have a criminal history, you must fill out the criminal history form and provide detailed information and explanations on the charges. Also, send any documentation that the application calls for.
Make sure everything is filled out on the journeyman electrician application otherwise there might be delays.
Once you have those documents together and the journeyman electrician license application fee, mail it to TDLR.
PO Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711-2157
Processing the application takes anywhere from 14 days +. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted. They must review each application manually, so it does take some time.
Once your application is approved, PSI Exams will send you a postcard letting you know that you are now able to move on to part two.
Part 2 - Taking the journeyman electrician exam
In order to get your Journeyman Electrician license, you must take and pass this licensing exam. TDLR gives you one full year to complete this. PSI Exams is the testing administrator contracted with TDLR.
You can take the exam as many times as it takes for you to pass it. Note that you have to pay for each re-take. If you do not take and pass the exam within that one year, you need to start the process all over again. This means you have to provide a new application, proof of hours and fees.
The PSI exam for the journeyman electrician license consists of 80 questions. Five of them are not weighted, 75 of them will count toward your final grade.
The journeyman electrician exam questions are broken up by subject areas. There are 10 subject areas. The test includes some calculation questions, although not as many as the master electrician's.
Most of the exam questions rely on work experience in addition to code and law. The only book approved in this open-book test is the NEC. You need to know the code book’s layout so you can find answers based on keywords from your question on electrical theory, definitions and tables.
Having an understanding of math so that you can perform Ohm's law calculation and other calculations and formulas is very helpful!
Once you take and pass the journeyman electrician exam, PSI will submit that information to TDLR letting them know that part two has been completed. PSI provides instant notification if you passed or if you failed. If you fell the exam, you will receive a score report. Hang on to that report so that you can go back because you can study the subject areas that were hard for you.
Part 3 - Journeyman electrician license
The last part of obtaining your JE license is when TDLR mails your identification card. Your name and license number will also be updated on the TDLR licensing database and you will no longer be an apprentice. You will now be a journeyman electrician!
If you are aspiring to become a master electrician, you must have 12,000 hours of on-the-job-training. In order to apply, go must through this process once more. Next week we will talk about how to become a master electrician in Texas.