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Occupational Licensing Responses to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Policy for licensees, applicants and training providers who are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

During this unprecedented time, we continue to review current policies and will keep this webpage updated with the most recent information related to occupational licensing.

Expiration of Occupational Licenses

With the onset of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the Governor’s Proclamation of a state of disaster in Texas, TCEQ is extending the expiration dates of all occupational licenses expiring March through August of 2020 by 30 days. All licenses expiring after August 31, 2020 are expected to comply within the original 3-year renewal cycle. TCEQ is aware that occupational license holders may be having difficulty locating in-person continuing education classes for renewal of their licenses. All license holders are encouraged to seek online training opportunities, when possible.

BPAT license holders whose licenses will expire October 1, 2021 or beyond, must have completed the 8-hour practical skills continuing education (CE) hours as part of their 24 hour CEs. For licenses expiring between March 2020 and September 2021, the TCEQ continues to temporarily waive the requirement for eight (8) CE hours of hands-on, practical skills training for license renewal. These license holders must still obtain a total 24 hours of continuing education in order to renew their license.

Exams

In the interest of safety, paper exams in the regions have been cancelled. TCEQ management is reviewing the situation regularly and plans to restart paper exams once it is determined safe to do so. TCEQ Central Office in Austin is offering monthly, limited capacity paper exams for the Wastewater A exam and licensing exams available in Spanish. Registration is available through TCEQ's Licensing Exam Registration (LEXR). Most licensing exams are now available at all CBT Centers. Please contact your local CBT center to find out their operational status.

The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) offers the Landscape IrrigatorExit the TCEQ and OSSF Site EvaluatorExit the TCEQ paper exams at several locations across Texas. Visit the TEEX website for information about Irrigator and Site Evaluator exams dates and registration.

For all licensing exams available on CBT, no additional application extensions will be granted for approved applicants. After application approval, licensing applicants are given 12 months to complete up to four (4) attempts to pass the exam. Applicants whose licensing application has expired will need to reapply for the license in order to attempt the exam.