I think you can get all your hours to count if properly verified. I believe the "form acceptable to the department" is on the journeyman application or
a letter with all the appropriate information may be submitted.
Administrative Rules of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73
73.26. Documentation of Required On-The-Job Training.(Emergency Rule effective September 13, 2004, 29 TexReg 9081; Adopted effective December 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 11029; amended effective October 20, 2005, 30 TexReg 6730; amended effective January 1, 2010, 34 TexReg 9433; amended effective March 15, 2012, 37 TexReg 1703)
(a) Individual applicants 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) 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.
As far as getting in trouble for performing work while not being a registered apprentice… I highly
doubt YOU can get into any trouble, your boss for employing an unlicensed apprentice to do electrical work… not really sure. I would think as long as your are now properly registered they probably wouldn't do anything.
I do have a question for you though. My company is starting a plant in Texas (automotive supplier) and has asked me to look into electrician licensing requirements. You say as a factory electrician you were not required to hold a license. I’m looking at Sec. 1305.003, what exception to licensing did this fall under?
Did you work for a chemical, petrochemical, refinery, natural gas, etc. factory (exception #14)?
Or did this fall under work as a maintenance person (exception #8)?
I found exception #8 confusing because Texas actually does
have a maintenance electrician
However,this seems to be a limited license which would not permit someone to run conduit, size wire, install services, wire panels, etc. In Chapter 73 electrical maintenance work is defined as the following:
Electrical Maintenance Work. The replacement, or repair of existing electrical appurtenances, apparatus, equipment, machinery, or controls used in connection with the use of electrical energy in, on, outside, or attached to a building, residence, structure, property, or premises. All replacements or repairs must be of the same rating and type as the existing installation. No improvements may be made that are necessary to comply with applicable codes under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1305. Electrical maintenance work does not include the installation of any new electrical appurtenances, apparatus, equipment, machinery, or controls beyond the scope of any existing electrical installation.