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Texas State Contractor License Requirements

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Home Builder's Registration

All homebuilders are required to register with the Texas Residential Construction Commission.

HVAC Contractor License

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Department issues two types of HVAC licenses:

Class A HVAC Contractor License

  • Licensee can work on any size HVAC equipment
  • Needs an endorsement for environmental air conditioning, commercial refrigeration and process cooling and heating
  • Needs $300,000 per occurrence for property damage and bodily injury
  • Needs $300,000 aggregate for property damage and bodily injury
  • Needs $300,00 aggregate for products and completed operations

Class B HVAC Contractor License

  • Licensee can work on equipment to 25 tons of cooling and 1.5 million Btu of heating but Needs an endorsement for environmental air conditioning, commercial refrigeration and process cooling and heating.
  • Needs $100,000 per occurrence for property damage and bodily injury
  • Needs $100,000 aggregate for property damage and bodily injury
  • Needs $100,00 aggregate for products and completed operations

Fire Sprinkler Systems Contractor License

A fire sprinkler systems contractor in Texas needs a certificate of registration for his or her business.

The State Fire Marshall's Office issues three types of certificates

  • General,
  • Dwelling
  • Underground water supply piping

To get any of these licensed the applicant must have:

  • $100,000 insurance per occurrence with $300,000 total coverage
  • Authority to do business in Texas from the Texas Secretary of State or the County Clerk
  • A letter of good standing with the Texas Comptroller (franchise tax)

Plumber Trade License

Master Plumber License

  • Qualifying exam
  • Journeyman license in Texas for one (1) year

Journeyman Plumber Licence

  • Qualifying exam
  • Two (2) year apprenticeship

Electrician Trade Licenses

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation licenses these calssifications of electricians:

Electrical Contractor License (Business license)

  • Needs to be licensed master electrician or employ one in the company
  • Proof of financial responsibility
  • Workers compensation coverage

Electrical Sign Contractor (Business license)

  • Needs to be a licensed master sign electrician or employ one in the company
  • Proof of financial responsibility
  • Workers compensation coverage

Residential Appliance Installation Contractor (Business license)

  • Needs to be a residential appliance installer or employ one in the company
  • Needs to maintain business liability insurance
  • Workers compensation coverage
Master Electrician
  • Must have 12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a licensed master electrician
  • Must pass the master electrician examination

Master Sign Electrician

  • Must have 12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a licensed master sign electrician
  • Must pass the master sign electrician examination
Journeyman Electrician
  • Must have 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under supervision of a master electrician
  • Must pass the journeyman electrician examination
Journeyman Sign Electrician
  • Must have 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master sign electrician]
  • Must pass the journeyman sign electrician examination
Residential Wireman
  • Must have 4,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician or residential wireman
  • Must pass the residential wireman examination
Maintenance Electrician
  • Must have 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician or a maintenance electrician
  • Must pass the maintenance electrician examination
Residential Appliance Installer
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must pass the residential appliance installer examination

Electrical Apprentice

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must already be assisting in installation of electrical work under the supervision of a master electrician

Well Drilling/Pump Installation Contractor License

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issues these licenses:

Well Drilling Licenses

  • Water Well
  • Monitor Well
  • Closed Loop Geothermal Well
  • Master Driller License

Pump Installer Licenses

  • Windmills
  • Hand Pump and Pump Jacks
  • Single Phase
  • Three Phase
  • Line Shaft Turbine Pumps
  • Master Installer License

Master Pipe Trade License

The master license lets you work on all the other four types of pump installations.

Requirements:

  • At least two years of well drilling or pump installation work experience
  • Letters of reference on your competence from four persons who have been licensed as drillers or pump installers in Texas for at least two (2) years
  • A letter of reference from your banker
  • Letters of reference from two satisfied customers
  • Pass an exam in well drilling and/or pump installation

Consumers are advised to check for additional local municipal contractor license requirements as contractor laws can differ from county to county. It is also advised to double check with the state's requirements before hiring a contractor.

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