How to Become a Residential Appliance Installer
Don’t let the title fool you this is actually a sub-type of electrical specialty that can be very profitable. “Any type of electrical work can be classified as any labor or material used in installing, maintaining or extending an electrical wiring system.” This is taken directly from the Texas governments website with details regarding the specialization. Being a residential appliance installer has fewer requirements in comparison to becoming a fully licensed electrician; and it is a great place to start as you will learn fundamentals that you will be able to apply as you progress in your career should you decide or want to become an electrician. There is also no apprenticeship period for becoming a residential appliance installer. If your trying to find information on how to become an electrician in Texas you can find it here.
Minimum Requirements to Become a Residential Appliance Installer:
An applicant has to be at least 16 years old, be able to read and write in other to apply to the Department of Licensing and Regulation for the license which requires an exam. The application fee is between $35 and $40. The applicant has to meet the approval of the Department before they can proceed and take the exam. As with any exam applicants will need to study and prepare for the exam in order to pass. There are various resources available online to help applicants prepare for the exam in addition to the book that they will use.
The licensing exam is handled by PSI and it is an 80 question exam with four hours to complete. The minimum passing score is 75%. You are allowed to bring the NEC Code book into the exam. The fee for the test is $63. Any applicant with a criminal offense conviction like a felony or a misdemeanor has to complete a criminal history questionnaire before they can be approved to take the exam.
The scope of the job of a residential appliance installer covers the connection or disconnection of residential appliances, equipment grounding and bonding, swimming pools, spas, and fountains electrical works.
After passing the licensing exam you will have to wait to meet the approval of the licensing department again in other to get the license. This is more of a formality with the process taking a couple weeks no formal interview or additional tests to pass. The license can cost about $40 and the wait time to get the license is between two and three weeks. The Residential Appliance Installer license has to be renewed yearly and there is currently no continuing education requirement for the renewal of the license. The only requirement is the $30 fee that has to be paid.
Average Salary of a Residential Appliance Installer:
The average annual income of a residential appliance installer is $50,000 depending on company, location and experience. One of the more interesting aspects of this license is that you can manage other installers without any special license remember that a Master Electrician has to manage other electricians. Ultimately, you could obtain the Residential Appliance Installer license and then hire on a few more installers and contract out your services to builders, electrical companies, and pool installation companies.