Do I Need My Hours to be Completed with a Master Electrician to Apply for the Journeyman License?

I found this question on a page for electricians on Facebook, and was surprised to see many varying answers. Most of them were correct but some were guessing trying to help.

“Does anyone know if the 8000 hours are required to be completed with a master electrician to apply for the journeyman license since i know most plants have only journeyman and im thinking about doing industrial and want to get my hours to become a journeyman.”

Here is how you can apply for the journeyman electrical license:

You must complete 8K hours in order to be able to apply for your journeyman license. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations(TDLR) has a form attached to the application for your proof of hours.

Reach out to your past employers and ask them to fill out the form.

Make sure to answer the application honestly and attach as much supporting documentation as needed or required.

Once your application is complete, include your application fee and send it off to TDLR. TDLR will review your application and within a few weeks (the time frame varies), PSI Exams will reach out to you.

Electrical Test for the Journeyman Electrician License

PSI exams is the testing company that has a contract with TDLR for the electrical exam. They send you a postcard telling you that you are eligible to sit for the test.

Once your application has been approved, you have 1 year to take and pass the exam. Many electricians go out and buy a bunch of books and pull out their NEC codebook. This is a great start, however don’t just stop there.

Passing the Electrical Test

If you are serious about getting your Journeyman electrician license, save up and invest in a live seminar. These seminars are razor focused and tell you exactly what to expect in the testing center.

There is no official guide on what to study for the journeyman electrician exam. You do have access to the Candidate Information Bulletin but the subject areas breakdown is not specific.

Check out a list of seminars coming up and register for one today. We guarantee you pass, if you don’t, you can sit in another seminar free, or have a one-on-one tutoring session with the instructor.

The point is that if you want to get your journeyman electrician license, you must:

  • Work 8,000 hrs under a master electrician
  • Apply for the journeyman electrician license with Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations
  • Take a live seminar to prepare for the electrician exam
  • Take and pass the electrician exam with PSI Exams

Thanks for reading and good luck!

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