Occupational Licensing and Registration Information and Requirements
Requirements for Each License Type
- Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT)
- Customer Service Inspector (CSI)
- Landscape Irrigator, Technician and Inspector
- Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank (LPST) Corrective Action Specialist and Project Manager
- Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Operator
- On-Site Sewage Systems (OSSFs), Including Septic Tanks
- Smoke School: Visible Emissions Evaluators
- Stage II Vapor Recovery Facility Representative & Approved Training Providers
- Underground Storage Tank Contractors and On-Site Supervisors
- Wastewater Collection Operators
- Wastewater Operators
- Water Operators
- Water System Operating Company
- Water Treatment Specialist (WTS)
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 original examination date. Retesting is possible as soon as an approved applicant receives a notice of failing the exam in the mail or by CBT, provided TCEQ has an approved application and 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.
Compliance with TCEQ
To received a new license or registration, or to renew, applicants must be in compliance in regard to payment of guaranteed student loans, child support payments, and TCEQ fees or penalties.
If an applicant is currently under TCEQ enforcement, they are encouraged to resolve any issues to avoid delays in the renewal of a license or registration.
Maintaining a License
The licensee is responsible for:
- Notifying the Austin central office of any address changes within 10 days of the change.
- Obtain the required Continuing Education. See Renewing a License for details.
- Timely submit a renewal application to maintain the license.
- Maintaining personal training records, including: name of training course, location of training course, name of training provider, and date of training course.
Licenses From Other States
Texas issues licenses of reciprocity on a case-by-case basis with some other states.
To be considered for reciprocity an applicant must:
- hold a current water operator license in good standing;
- have obtained the licenses by passing an exam;
- have been required by their state's law to be licensed; and
- have completed the equivalent education, training, experience, and fee requirements for the type and class of license being applied for in Texas.
Download the TCEQ Reciprocity Request Form.