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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 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. Approval of an electronic application takes approximately 3-4 weeks if all supporting documentation is provided and there are no deficiencies.

Conditional Approval

A conditional approval is an option if you:

  • are only missing the required core training;
  • have no deficiencies; and
  • intend to take the exam immediately following the required training at a location where the TCEQ, or a TCEQ-designated agent, is proctoring the exams.

When you apply, you must indicate that you intend to apply for a conditional approval and provide proof of the last course registration confirmation and the location, city, and date of the exam you are approved to take.

Note that if you are conditionally approved, you may not register for a licensing exam at a TCEQ Regional Office until you have completed your core training and have contacted the Occupational Licensing Section to request a regular Approval. Once you have an Approved application, you can return to LEXR and register to take an exam in a TCEQ Regional Office.

Conditional Approvals are not accepted at CBT locations.

Scheduling to Take an Exam

TCEQ Regional Map Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Amarillo Regional Office CBT Testing Location in Amarillo, TX at Amarillo College, 2201 S. Washington, Amarillo, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Lubbock Regional Office Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Abilene Regional Office CBT testing center at Vernon College at 4105 Maplewood, Wichita Falls, TX CBT Testing center at Texas State Technical College, 300 Homer K Taylor Drive, Sweetwater, TX CBT Testing Center at Texas State Technical College, 650 E. Hwy 80, Abilene TX CBT testing location at Vernon College, 4400 College Drive, Vernon TX. CBT location at Texas State Technical College, 307 N. Breckenridge Avenue, Breckenridge, TX. CBT location at Midwestern State University, RM 224, 3410 Taft Blvd, Wichita Falls, TX CBT location at Texas State Technical College (TSTC), 305 Booker St, Brownwood, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Office CBT Fort Worth Testing Location at Tarrant County College CBT Weatherford testing location at Jack Knight Building, 225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, TX CBT Testing Location at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Drive, Denison, TX BT location in Corsicana, TX, Navarro College, Gooch One Stop Student Center, Room 103, 3200 W 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX 78110 CBT Location at Tarrant College, Northwest Campus WCTS-1148 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX CBT location at Texas A&M University, 2200 Campbell St., Commerce, TX CBT location in Van Alstyne, TX at Grayson College, 1455 West Van Alstyne Parkway, Van Alstyne, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Tyler Regional Office CBT Texarkana testing location at Texarkana College CBT location in Mount Pleasant, TX at Northeast Texas Community College, 2886 FM 1735, Chappel Hill Road, Mount Pleasant, Texas. Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ El Paso Regional Office CBT location at University of Texas El Paso located at 2060 Hawthorne St., El Paso, TX CBT location at Sul Ross State University Career Services & Testing Room UC211D, Alpine, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Midland Regional Office CBT Odessa location at UT Permian Basin, Mesa Building #1160, 4901 E. University, Odessa, TX CBT location at Odessa College located at 201 W. University Blvd, Odessa, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ San Angelo Regional Office CBT location at Howard College, 3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo, TX 76905. Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Waco Regional Office CBT location in Bryan at TEEX Rellis Campus CBT Killeen testing location at Central Texas College CBT location in Waco, TX at Texas State Technical College, 3801 Campus Drive, Student Services Center, Waco, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Beaumont Regional Office CBT Nacogdoches testing location at Stephen F. Austin State University Lamar Institute of Technology, Beaumont, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Austin Regional Office CBT Austin testing location at Austin Community College CBT Location at Austin Community College, 4400 College Park Drive, Round Rock, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Houston Regional Office CBT Galveston testing location at Galveston College CBT Testing Location at Houston Community College CBT Testing location at Texas Southern University CBT Huntsville testing location at Sam Houston State University CBT Texas City CBT location at Wharton County Junior College, Richmond Campus; 5333 FM 1640; Room 124B, Richmond, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ San Antonio Regional Office CBT San Antonio testing location at Alamo College CBT testing location at University of Texas - San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, Multiple Disciplinary Bldg, Suite 1.01.04, San Antonio, TX CBT Location in San Antonio, Texas A&M University (TAMU) -  One University Way, San Antonio, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Corpus Christi Regional Office CBT Victoria testing location at University of Houston - Victoria Del Mar College, 3013 Ayers, Room 125, Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University Kingsville, Kingsville, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Harlingen Regional Office CBT location at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley CBT Testing location at Texas State Technical College, 1902 N. Loop 499, Harlingen, TX Paper-based testing registration at the TCEQ Laredo Regional Office CBT location in Laredo Texas at Texas A&M International University, Senator Judity Zaffirini Student Success Center 201, Laredo, TX.

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

If you would like to schedule a computer-based test, please visit the Computer-Based Testing webpage. CBT exams at TCEQ approved test centers provide immediate exam scores, exam analysis feedback and immediate retesting. CBT is available state-wide.

Some Benefits of CBT are:

  • Convenience (more location, more frequently offered)!
  • Offered 5-7 days a week, depending on location!
  • Immediate exam score!
  • Immediate exam analysis feedback!
  • Faster receipt of licenses!
  • Immediate retesting available!

Available Exams at CBT locations

  • Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) - written portion
  • Customer Service Inspector (CSI)
  • Irrigation Inspector
  • Irrigation Technician (English only)
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) A&B
  • On-Site Sewage Systems (OSSFs) - Maintenance Provider
  • On-Site Sewage Systems (OSSFs) - Site Evaluator
  • Wastewater Operators B, C, and D
  • Wastewater Collection Operator I & II NEW
  • Water Operators B, C, and D
  • Water Treatment Specialist (WTS) I

Paper-Based Testing in TCEQ Regional Offices

If you prefer a paper-based test, registration is required to sit for an exam -- Walk-ins are not allowed.

If you have an approved application, use the Licensing Exam Registration (LEXR-R) to register. A SUNSS LEXR instruction guide Adobe Acrobat PDF Document is available.

TCEQ Regional Offices

TCEQ Regional Offices offer paper exams in the following locations:

Regions 1-4 Regions 5-8 Regions 9-12 Regions 13-16

TCEQ Region 1 - Amarillo
3918 Canyon Drive (IH-27)
Amarillo, Texas 79109-4933

Main Phone Line: (806) 353 - 9251

TCEQ Region 5 - Tyler
2916 Teague Drive
Tyler, TX 75701

Main Phone Line: (903) 535-5100

TCEQ Region 9 - Waco
6801 Sanger Avenue, Suite 2500
Waco, TX 76710

Main Phone Line: (254) 751-0335

TCEQ Region 13 - San Antonio
14250 Judson Road
San Antonio, TX 78233-4480

Main Phone Line: (210) 490-3096

TCEQ Region 2 - Lubbock
5012 50th Street, Suite 100
Lubbock, TX 79414-3421

Main Phone Line: (806) 796-7092

TCEQ Region 6 - El Paso
401 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 560
El Paso, TX 79901-1206

Main Phone Line: (915) 834-4949

TCEQ Region 10 - Beaumont
3870 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, Texas 77703

Main Phone Line: (409) 898-3838

TCEQ Region 14 - Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Natural Resource Center Building, Room 1003
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5839

Main Phone Line: (361) 825-3100

TCEQ Region 3 - Abilene
1977 Industrial Boulevard
Abilene, TX 79602-7833

Main Phone Line: (325) 698-9674

TCEQ Region 7 - Midland
9900 West Interstate 20, Suite 100
Midland, TX 79706

Main Phone Line: (432) 570-1359

TCEQ Region 11 - Austin
Building A, Room 173
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, TX 78753

Main Phone Line: (512) 239-6133

TCEQ Region 15 - Harlingen
1804 W. Jefferson Avenue
Harlingen, TX 78550-5247

Main Phone Line: (956) 425-6010

TCEQ Region 4 - Dallas/Fort Worth
2309 Gravel Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76118

Main Phone Line: (817) 588-5800

TCEQ Region 8 - San Angelo
622 South Oakes Street, Suite K
Ralph R. Chase State of Texas Services Center
San Angelo, TX 76903

Main Phone Line: (325) 655-9479

TCEQ Region 12 - Houston
5425 Polk Street, Suite H
Houston, TX 77023-1486

Main Phone Line: (713) 767-3500

TCEQ Region 16 - Laredo
707 E. Calton Road, Suite 304
Laredo, TX 78041-3887

Main Phone Line: (956) 791-6611

Regional Offices do not offer CBT exams.

Available Exams In TCEQ Regional Offices

  • Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) - written portion
  • Customer Service Inspector (CSI)
  • Irrigation Inspector
  • Irrigation Technician (English and Spanish)
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
  • On-Site Sewage Systems (OSSFs) - Maintenance Provider
  • Wastewater Operators (Spanish Version available for Wastewater Operator D)
  • Wastewater Collection Operator (Spanish Version available for Wastewater Collection I)
  • Water Operators (Spanish Version available for Water Operator D)
  • Water Treatment Specialist (WTS)

 

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.

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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, go to License Exam Registration (LEXR-C). You MUST have your confirmation number and customer number (CN) to cancel.

  1. Log on to LEXR-C and cancel your registration using your Customer Number (CN) and Registration Confirmation Number. You can find your CN and Registration Confirmation Number on the email confirmation sent to you when you registered for the exam.
  2. You can call the TCEQ Regional Office that you registered to take an exam and ask them to cancel your registration.

Not cancelling your exam registration or not showing up for a scheduled exam, may be counted as a failed exam attempt or suspend the ability to register for an exam for up to 4 months.

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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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