PART 4. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION
CHAPTER 73. ELECTRICIANS
16 TAC §73.26
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) proposes amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 73, §73.26, regarding the Electricians program.
The proposed amendments to §73.26 simplify the language of the existing rule and add one substantive provision. Section 73.26(b) currently requires electrical licensees to "provide verifiable documentation of the on-the-job training hours of an applicant they have supervised upon the request of the department.' However, the rule does not provide a date by which the licensee must provide the necessary verification. The proposed amendment to subsection (b) creates a deadline of 30 days for a licensee to verify an applicant's on-the-job experience. The proposed amendments are necessary to make §73.26 more reader-friendly and to provide clearer guidance to applicants and licensees regarding verification of on-the-job experience.
Brian E. Francis, Executive Director, has determined that for the first five-year period the proposed amendments are in effect, there will be no direct cost to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the proposed amendment. There is no estimated loss in revenue to the state as a result of enforcing or administering the proposed amendment.
Mr. Francis also has determined that for each year of the first five-year period the proposed amendment is in effect, the public will benefit by having clearer rules and a more predictable time line for verification of applicants' on-the-job training.
Mr. Francis has determined that for each year of the first five-year period the proposed amendments are in effect, there will be no effect on small or micro-businesses as a result of the proposed amendments. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the proposed amendments.
Since the agency has determined that the proposed amendments will have no adverse economic effect on small or micro-businesses, preparation of an Economic Impact Statement and a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, pursuant to Texas Government Code §2006.002, is not required.
Comments on the proposal may be submitted by mail to Pauline Easley, Legal Assistant, General Counsel's Office, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711; or by facsimile to (512) 475-3032, or electronically to email@example.com. The deadline for comments is 30 days after publication in the Texas Register.
The amendments are proposed under Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 51 and 1305, which authorize the Commission, the Department's governing body, to adopt rules as necessary to implement these chapters and any other law establishing a program regulated by the Department.
The statutory provisions affected by the proposal are those set forth in Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 51 and 1305. No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the proposal.
§73.26.Documentation of Required On-The-Job Training.
(a) An applicant for a license which requires
on-the-job training under Occupations Code Chapter 1305 may verify
that he or she has completed on-the-job training by submitting the
department's experience verification form with the license application. [
Individual applicants for licensure as an electrician, sign electrician,
or residential appliance installer may meet requirements for on-the-job
training by providing verified proof, in a form acceptable to the
department, showing that the applicant has been supervised for the
requisite period by one or more persons licensed by any jurisdiction
as a master electrician or master sign electrician as appropriate
for the license.]
(b) When an applicant or the department requests
verification of on-the-job training of an applicant from a licensee
who is authorized by Occupations Code Chapter 1305 to verify on-the-job
training, the licensee must provide the verification within 30 calendar
days of the request. The licensee must verify only on-the-job training
within the licensee's knowledge. The licensee must verify the dates
of on-the-job training, describe the work performed by the applicant,
specify the name of the business under which the applicant's work
was performed, and provide any other information required on the department's
A master electrician or master sign electrician
shall provide verifiable documentation of the on-the-job training
hours of an applicant they have supervised up on the request of the
department. This proof must be submitted in a form acceptable to the department.]
(c) An applicant for a journeyman lineman license
must verify that he or she has completed the apprenticeship required
by Occupations Code Chapter 1305 by submitting verification in a form
acceptable to the department. [
A journeyman lineman applicant
may meet the requirements for training in an apprenticeship program
or experience requirements for a journeyman lineman by providing verified
proof, in a form acceptable to the department.]
The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.
Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2017.
Deputy Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Earliest possible date of adoption: September 17, 2017
For further information, please call: (512) 463-8179