HOUSTON – On July 1, House Bill 1698 (85th Legislature, 2017) amended the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act to provide for the licensing of Journeyman Industrial Electrician license application, which is now available on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website.

“Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston (ABC) was the lead association writing and shepherding House Bill 1698 through the legislative maze in 2017,” said Mike Gremillion, Vice President of the Houston office of ISC Constructors, and a member of the Houston chapter of ABC. “Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill to allow Industrial Electricians a separate license. Passing the exam for this new Industrial Electrician License is no longer a requirement if you have successfully passed the NCCER assessment.”

To qualify for the license, eight-thousand hours of on-the-job training as a licensed electrical apprentice under the supervision of a master electrician prior to taking the exam is required. When experience has been approved, a certificate of completion for the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Industrial Electrician Written Assessment must have been passed after August 1, 2017.

For more information about the Journeyman Industrial Electrician license, please visit To learn more about ABC, please visit our website at



Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members nationwide. Locally, ABC Greater Houston was founded in 1969, and today serves several hundred commercial and industrial contractors, suppliers and construction associates in the Greater Houston area. Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston represents the interests of merit shop contractors and its employees in the policy making process of the government, protects and enhances the free enterprise system within the construction industry, and provides educational, marketing, and informational programs for the benefit of members and their employees.

Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) is the vehicle through which industry and craft professionals in the Houston area receive formal training. Our goal is to recruit new entrants and retain existing workers through a variety of programs focused on assessment, training, and continuing education. We believe that a community approach to training is fundamental to developing a skilled and educated craft workforce within the entire industry.


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