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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 in March, April, May, and June of 2020 by 30 days. In addition, TCEQ is aware that occupational license holders may be having difficulty completing their continuing education requirements for renewal of their licenses. All license holders are encouraged to seek online training opportunities, when possible.

BPAT license holders whose licenses expire in March, April, May or June of 2020 are still required to obtain 24 continuing education hours through online courses; however, the TCEQ is temporarily waiving the requirement that eight (8) of the CE hours must be hands-on, practical skills training in order to renew their license.

Exams

In the interest of safety, paper exams have been cancelled through June 2020. However, some CBT Centers are open or planning to reopen soon for limited testing under additional safety guidelines. Please contact your local CBT center to find out their operational status. TCEQ will continue to extend the validity of new applications until testing is more widely and consistently available. If you have an approved application on file, you will not be required to reapply and pay the application fee again.

For other questions or concerns, please email licenses@tceq.texas.gov.

TCEQ will continue to monitor the situation closely and modify this policy, as necessary.

Training Providers

TCEQ has created new guidelines for TCEQ-approved training providers that want to offer currently TCEQ-approved classroom courses via online training. For details about the requirements and how to apply, read the guidelines and complete the RG-373 Appendix C: Expedited Application to Convert TCEQ-approved Classroom Training to Online Training. For additional questions or concerns, please send an email to Licenses@tceq.texas.gov.