Guardianship Certification

Effective September 1, 2018, all applications submitted to the JBCC must be submitted online only (i.e., initial applications, renewals, exam applications, course approvals, etc.).  

For information on applying for guardianship registration, requirements to register, training, and etc., please refer to the Register a Guardianship page of our website.

JBCC Online Certification, Registration & Licensing System 

Access the JBCC Certification, Registration & Licensing System

The Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) has a new online certification and licensing system. The new system allows users to:

  • apply and pay for new certifications, registrations, or licenses,
  • renew existing certifications, registrations, or licenses,
  • update contact information,
  • see a list of approved CE courses,
  • apply for CE approval (licensees and providers)
  • check the status of applications,
  • confirm receipt of applications,
  • apply for the CSR exam, and
  • search for individuals or entities that are certified, licensed, or registered with the JBCC.

Course Providers and licensees must have a user profile to use the online system, members of the public do not need a user profile. Current applicants and those currently certified and registered must use the activation code, issued to them by the JBCC, in order to create a profile. Activation codes will only be issued to the contact information currently on file. Activation codes will not be issued by phone. New applicants can create a profile without an activation code.

Tips for Using the Online Certification, Registration & Licensing System

  • When creating your online account/profile, do not use the First Time Applicant process if you have already applied with us or are already certified, licensed, or registered with us. The First Time Applicant process is only for new applicants.

    (Note: those who have already applied with us or are already certified, licensed, or registered with us must use the ‘Existing Certification’ process which requires an activation code. If you have not received your code from us, send an email to guardians@txcourts.gov to receive your code. For security purposes, codes will not be provided by phone.)

  • If you see incorrect information on your account/profile and you are unable to correct yourself, please send an email to guardians@txcourts.gov to request an update by staff.

Important Notices

County Clerks Not Required to Obtain Separate Criminal History Record Information for Certified Guardians

Effective 6/19/09 Amendments set forth in Senate Bill 1057 eliminate the need for the county clerk to obtain a separate criminal history report for those individuals described in Government Code 411.1386(a) and Estates Code 1104.402, if the individual described is certified or provisionally certified by the JBCC.  The court may request a copy of the criminal history record information obtained by the JBCC when issuing or renewing the individual's certification.  Courts should use the form provided to request a copy of criminal history record information from the JBCC.

Annual Reporting

Texas Government Code Chapter 155, Texas Estates Code Sections 1104.302-306 and 1104.257-258 [formerly Probate Code Sections 697 and 697A], and Rule 7.3 of the Rules Governing Guardianship Certification impose requirements for county clerks, the Health & Human Services Commission Office of Guardianship (formerly known as DADS Guardianship Program), guardianship programs and private professional guardians to report certain information to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission. In addition, Estates Code Sections 1104.302-306 and 1104.257-258 [formerly Probate Code Sections 697 and 697A] require guardianship programs and private professional guardians to provide certain information to county clerks.

Reporting forms for calendar year 2017 are now available. Reports are due by January 31, 2018. Reminders will be sent the first week in January 2018 Remember, information is to be reported for the entire calendar year, not as a "snapshot" as of the reporting date.

If you have questions about the reporting requirements, please send an email to Michele Henricks at guardians@txcourts.gov.

Information for fiscal year 2017 is provided below for your reference.

County Clerk
Summary
Form
Letter
Health & Human Services Commission Office of Guardianship (formerly DADS Guardianship)
Summary
Form
Letter
Guardianship Program
Summary
Form
Letter
Private Professional Guardian
Summary
Form
Letter
Other Certified Guardians
Summary
Form
Letter 

Note: Private professional guardians must submit original, signed and notarized reporting forms to the Commission by mail or in person. All others may be submit reporting forms by mail, in person or by e-mail as shown on the forms. E-mail submissions are preferred.

Updated: 09/25/2018