Texas Contractor License Classifications

Texas Contractor License Classifications

If you want to become a contractor in the State of Texas, then you should know that there is a big number of contractor license types here. Also, there is a big difference between some contractor license classifications, to clarify, not every license is regulated by the state. Some contractor licenses are issued by the TDLR – Texas department of licensing and regulation, but some of them are regulated by local and municipal authorities.

Classifications of Texas Contractor License

The TDLR – Texas Department of Licensing regulates the licensure of the following contractors:

  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Water well driller

The TSBPE – Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners gives the licenses and regulates the licensure process for plumbing contractors.

Some contractors do not need a state-level license. The local licensing authorities require a license from the general contractors, home improvement contractors, and builders in Texas. Specialty contractors and roofing contractors need a license from local licensing authorities as well.

Classifications and sub-classifications for contractor licenses


It stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. HVAC has two types of contractor licenses:

Class A

In general, contractors that have class A licenses of HVAC can work on units of any size.

Class B

To clarify, contractors with class B licenses are allowed to work on heating systems of up to 1,5 million BTU/hour and cooling systems of up to 25 tons.

Electrical contractor license classifications in Texas

An electrician is a skilled tradesman specializing in buildings’ electrical wiring, transmission lines, machines, plus related equipment.

Apprentice Electrician contractor

In short, an apprentice electrician is a specialist who has a license to complete electrical work under the direction of a Master electrician, a Residential wireman, or a Journeyman electrician.

Apprentice, Electrical Sign

To clarify, the electrical sign specialist has a license to perform electrical work under the guidance of a Master electrician, or Master Sign Electrician, or Journeyman Sign Electrician.

Texas Journeyman Electrician contractor

A Journeyman electrician, in short, does electrical work under the general administration of a Master Electrician.

Journeyman Industrial Electrician

In short, Journeyman Industrial electricians get a license to perform electrical work only at a business that operates a natural gas plant, oil and gas exploration, and production, a chemical and/or petrochemical plant, etc. These specialists are not allowed to do commercial and/or residential work.

Texas Journeyman Lineman

In a few words, Journeyman Lineman is a type of electrician license that allows performing electrical work with the maintenance of equipment related to electricity distribution and transmission from the source of electricity to the substations for further distribution.

Texas Journeyman Sign Electrician Contractor

In short, this specialist does electrical sign work by working under the general guidance of a master Electrician or a Master Sign Electrician.

Texas Maintenance Electrician

In a few words, this type of electrician also works under the general guidance of a Master Electrician.

Texas Master Electrician

The Master Electricians, in fact, are the most experienced type of electricians, as they can accomplish almost everything. They have a license that allows them to install, maintain, or extend the electrical wiring system and the appurtenances and/or equipment that is used in connection with electrical energy in, on, outside, or attached to any kind of structure – residence, building, property, premises, etc.

Master Sign Electrician

In short, these electricians usually work in place of Electrician Sign specialists to accomplish electrical sign work. That includes installing, maintaining, connecting, manufacturing the electrical wiring system and the devices used in signs, signals, diodes, and other connections.

Residential Appliance Installer

As you can see from the name, this electrician, in short, works only on things like residential appliance installation, pool-related electrical installation, and maintenance.

Residential Wireman

In short, this specialist has a license for performing electrical installations only in dwellings with no higher than four stories.

Water well drillers and pump installer contractors

In brief, the water well driller is a specialist who cores, constructs, or drills water wells.
In short, the pump installer is one who repairs and installs well pumps and other related equipment.

Finally, here are the contact details for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Electricians Program
PO Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711

Plumbing contractors license in Texas

In short, they are specialists that perform all the work with plumbing tasks, which includes septic systems and water supply.

Tradesman plumber-limited

Briefly, the Tradesman plumber-limited can construct, install, repair, or renovate plumbing for max. two-family dwellings under the Responsible Master Plumber administration.


In brief, the Journeyman Plumber is authorized to install, repair, replace, or renovate plumbing under the Responsible Master Plumber’s direction.


A Master Plumber, in a few words, may install, modify, repair, or renew plumbing under the guidance of a Responsible Master Plumber.

Plumbing inspector contractor

A Plumbing Inspector, in short, examines the plumbing work accomplished within the scope of any political division with which the inspector is related.

Finally, here are the contact details for the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners:

Mailing Address:
Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
P.O. Box 4200
Austin, Texas 78765-4200

Physical Address:
929 East 41st Street
Austin, Texas 78751

General contractor license classifications in Texas

Besides, here are some subclassifications for the general contractor license in Texas:

  • Residential General Contractor
  • Commercial General Contractor
  • Roofing Contractor
  • Fence Contractor
  • Foundation Contractor
  • Demolition Contractor
  • Pool Contractor
  • Energy Code Provider
  • Green Building Provider
  • Concrete, Asphalt, Paving

Lastly, to know more about any subclass of general contractor license in Texas, you have to contact your local/municipal authorities and check what you need to apply to get a general contractor license.

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