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Register for an Occupational Licensing Exam

How to apply for a license, pay an application fee, obtain a TCEQ approval, and register to take an exam.

Pre-Approval is Required Before Exam Registration

The TCEQ must pre-approve your license application before you can register to sit for an exam. If approved, you will receive an approval letter (see sample approval letter) in the mail which you must bring with you to your exam. If you don't have a copy or lose your approval letter, you can print a copy of your application status showing "Approved" from searching your name or license number here. Approval of an e-application takes approximately 6-8 weeks if all supporting documentation is provided and there are no deficiencies.

Apply for Your License Online Using E-Application

To apply for a license, please use e-Application. However, if you must submit a paper check, money order, or ITV (Inter-agency Transfer Voucher - only available for state agencies), you can request a paper application that can be filled out and mailed to the TCEQ with your payment. You can email a request for a paper application to licenses@tceq.texas.gov and include the following statement in the body of the email: "Please email me an application for [license type] so I may submit my payment via paper check, money order or ITV." Don't forget to include the license type in your request. Paper applications will be processed in approximately 8-10 weeks, if they are complete with no deficiencies.

Scheduling to Take an Exam

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

If you would like to schedule a computer-based test, please visit the Computer-Based Testing webpage.

Paper-Based Testing

If you prefer a paper based test, registration is required to sit for an exam -- Walk-ins are not allowed. Please click the link below for your region and fill out the exam registration form to register for an exam:

Abilene | Amarillo |Austin | Beaumont | Corpus Christi | Dallas Fort Worth | El Paso | Harlingen | Houston | Laredo | Lubbock | Midland | San Angelo | San Antonio | Tyler | Waco

Regional Offices do not offer CBT exams.

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Testing Methodslicensing exams via cbt

There are two methods to take an exam: Computer-Based at one of several testing centers or Paper-Based at one of the TCEQ Regional offices. Preapproval of your application is required for both testing methods before you may register to take an exam.

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the CBT opportunities. If the CBT exam you need is not offered or you are not able to take computer based examinations, the paper-based exams are offered in the regional offices. Visit the Computer-Based Testing webpage for more information.

Some of the benefits are:

  • Immediate exam score!
  • Immediate exam analysis feedback!
  • Faster receipt of licenses!
  • Immediate retesting available!

Many Computer-Based Testing exams are available in the following exam locations:

CBT Exam Locations (TCEQ Regions)

  • Alpine (6)
  • Amarillo (1)
  • Austin (11)
  • Beaumont (10)
  • Bryan (9)
  • Corpus Christi (14)
  • Corsicana (4)
  • *Denison (4)
  • El Paso (6)
  • Edinburg (15)
  • Fort Worth (4)
  • Galveston (12)
  • Houston (12)
  • Huntsville (12)
  • Killeen (9)
  • Kingsville (14)
  • Nacogdoches (10)
  • Odessa (7)
  • San Antonio (13)
  • Texarkana (5)
  • Texas City (12)
  • Vernon (3)
  • Victoria (14)
  • *Waco (9)
  • Weatherford (4)
  • Wichita Falls (3)

 

 

*Coming soon!

Classroom Regional Paper-based Exam: Pre-approval and registration is REQUIRED to take an exam at one of our regional offices and seating is limited. No walk in applicants will be allowed to take an exam. Register for a paper-based exam at your local regional office.

CBT is not offered at TCEQ Regional Offices.

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Exams Offered

  • Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) - written portion only
  • Customer Service Inspector (CSI)
  • Irrigation Technician/Inspector
  • Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank Specialist (LPST)
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
  • On-Site Sewage Facility Maintenance Provider (OSSF MP)
  • Wastewater
  • Water
  • Water Treatment Specialist (WTS)
  • Underground Storage Tank Contractors (UST)

Most exams are also offered through Computer-Based Testing. Visit the Computer-Based Testing website for a complete list of available exams.

  • The Landscape Irrigator Exams and many of the On-Site Sewage Facility Exams are administered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Review the TEEX webpage for the availability and locations of these specific exams.
  • For information regarding "A" Water and Wastewater Exams, contact TCEQ at 512-239-6133 or licenses@tceq.texas.gov.

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Application Details

Supplemental Application Documentation

Supporting supplemental documentation may be required, such as a copy of a certificate of completion for required courses, certificate of completion for unverified training, college transcripts used for experience substitution, or a current out-of-state license (if applying for reciprocity). All statements and qualifications provided by each applicant are subject to verification.

Application Deficiency

If TCEQ staff determines that the original application did not contain all relevant information then the application will be considered deficient and the applicant will be required to submit supplemental information for consideration. The applicant must submit this information within 120 days of notification of the deficiency or the application will become void. At this point, a new application and fee will be required.

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TCEQ Application Fee and Payment

The occupational licensing application fee is $111. When using e-App, the fee is paid through a voucher number that is generated from ePay. To get a voucher number, enter your name and email on the ePay main page. On the next screen, select OTHER under “Option 3” and then select the license application you are seeking. Fill in the required customer information and click OK. Then Select Check Out and enter your payment information. This will give you a voucher number that you will need within the eApp system.

An application is valid for one year or four exams, whichever comes first. All fees are non-refundable.

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Exam Day Policy

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam time (unless otherwise specified by the Region).

The Following items are NOT allowed in the exam room:

  • hats/jackets (if items such as coats are necessary due to weather, they must be placed with the proctor);
  • sunglasses;
  • electronic equipment (cell phones, smart watches, pagers, two-way radios, all devices with a camera, etc.);
  • food or drinks (except for 8 hour exams); and
  • study guides/notes (with the exception of MSW A & B).

The Following items ARE allowed in the exam room:

  • non-programmable calculators;
  • number 2 pencils;
  • government photo issued ID;
  • confirmation of exam registration
  • failure/approval letters/approved application printout; and
  • only for MSW A and MSW B - study guides/notes

Applicants shall be turned away before the examination begins if:

  • they do not have a government issued photo ID;
  • they are not on the exam pre-registration list; or
  • they refuse to leave prohibited items in their vehicle;

With the exception of "A" exams, there are NO lunch or restroom breaks allowed.

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Cancellations

To cancel a scheduled exam you must contact the regional office in which you were scheduled.

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Retaking an Exam

If an approved applicant fails the exam they may retake the test a maximum of three times within one year of the application approval date. Retesting is possible as soon as an approved applicant receives a notice of failing the exam in the mail or by CBT, provided the testing center can accommodate the retest. After the fourth unsuccessful test in the one-year period, the applicant will need to submit a new application and fee.

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Special Accommodations for a Disability

If you have a disability and need special accommodations when you take a licensing exam, please fill out the special accommodations request form before you register for the exam. If preferred you can email the form to us at the email below or mail it to the address on the form. Please include supporting documentation showing medical proof of the disability. Contact us in advance so we can make sure that we have the accommodations you need in place on the day of your exam. Contact TCEQ at 512-239-6133 or licenses@tceq.texas.gov.

Note: Do not register for your exam until you have been approved for your special accommodation request.

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