Guardianship Certification

Exam 

One of the qualifications for certification is passing a comprehensive, Texas-specific examination on guardianship law, principles and practices.  The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions covering Professional Practices; Knowledge of Ward; Application of Surrogate Decision Making; Knowledge of Laws, Courts and Legal Processes; Personal Management; Financial Management; and Medical Decision Making.

Inquiries Regarding Paperwork

Applications are processed as soon as possible, in the order of which they are received. Due to the volume of applications received, processing times can vary; therefore, we are unable to provide more specific timeframes.

Applicants must confirm receipt of their applications, and the status of their applications, by referring to the View Pending Applications page of their online profiles. All applicants are sent automated email confirmations of successful application submission, and when applications are approved. Inquiries for application status checks or receipt confirmation will not be replied to unless determined by staff that there’s been a delay in processing your application, and you have not received prior notification. We receive many of these inquiries and each email takes time to research and respond to which delays the processing of applications. Thank you for your understanding.

Exam Dates and Locations

Exam dates are listed below. Additional dates may be added, per calendar year, once confirmed. Dates and protocols are subject to change. The dates listed below are the first day the exam is given; exams may be offered over one, two or three days, depending on the number registrants, availability, and whose forms and payments are received by the deadline.

Important Notes:

  1. Exams will only be offered online.
    • Examinees will be held accountable to the same requirements testing online as they are for in-person exams.
  2. If new exam dates are not posted, please wait to apply until the dates are listed as you will be required to include the exam date on your application.
  3. Exam slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. If your registration application is received after all slots are filled, your application will be withdrawn, your exam fee refunded, and you can register for the next exam. Applicants are not automatically reassigned to the next exam. We will post when exams are closed for further registrations by the exam date that has filled up.
  4. Please be advised that we are unable to accommodate requests to select the time slots assigned for exams.
  5. JBCC staff will assign your date, time and location for the exams.  Please read your notice carefully to ensure you arrive on the correct date and time and at the correct location.

Note to Examinees 08/09/21: Our focus remains on protecting the safety and wellbeing of examinees and staff. Please read the new Exam Protocols, in the link below, which are effective immediately. Thank you for your understanding.

Exam Dates
Date Location Registration Deadline
*04/19/2022 Online 03/30/2022
*08/23/2022 Online 08/03/2022
*12/06/2022 Online 11/16/2022

(*)= First day of exams. Your assigned date and time will be sent to you via email only after your application has been processed. 

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Exam Procedures

All applications must be submitted online. Paper applications are no longer accepted.

Before the Exam

  1. To be eligible to register for the exam, you must apply for certification, pay the certification fee, and submit your receipt for fingerprinting for a criminal history background check. This eligibility requirement applies to all exam candidates, including those who are already provisionally certified and those who are taking the exam for a second or subsequent time.
    • Note: Those seeking to go from provisional to full certification, must submit the application for certification and application fee prior to taking the exam.
  2. Submit your exam registration form and pay the exam fee. Applications submitted unaccompanied by payment cannot be processed. You must apply for the exam via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page. You may submit the items described in item 1 at the same time as you register for the exam. If you register separately, or if you are not taking the exam for the first time, the JBCC will check whether you have an application on file. If you do not, you will be contacted informing you that you must apply and pay the certification fee before you can be registered.
    How to Apply for an Exam:
    First-Time Applicants (those who have not applied with us before):
    A) Create your online profile following the instructions in section I of the pdf Guide to Using the Online System on the home page of our website.
    B) Go to your profile home page and click the Apply for Exam link on the What Do You Want to Do menu. Follow the instructions accordingly from there.
    Existing Applicants (i.e., those who’ve applied with us before):
    Login to your online profile and click the Apply for Exam link on the What Do You Want to Do menu of your home page. Follow the instructions accordingly from there. 
  3. Applicants must register for the exam with the JBCC by the established deadline date. This means that your completed paperwork must be at the JBCC office by close of business on that date. If there are any insufficiencies with your paperwork, you will be notified via email. Insufficiencies must be resolved by the established exam deadline date; otherwise, you will not be able to take the exam.
  4. You will receive confirmation that you've been registered for the exam, as well as the date, time, and location of the exam, via email. Any questions regarding your registration must be submitted to guardians@txcourts.gov

ADA Accommodations

Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be made for ADA conditions. For example, sight or hearing accommodations. Send your request for accommodation to the JBCC as far in advance as possible, but at least 10 days in advance of the exam date (weekends and holidays not included). Requests received less than ten days before the exam date cannot be honored. Your request for accommodation may accompany your exam paperwork, or may be sent separately. Either way, the request for accommodation is subject to the ten days in advance of the exam date deadline, per section 3.10 of the JBCC Rules.  

Re-Scheduling Your Exam Date
Please email the Certification Division Licensing Specialist at guardians@txcourts.gov, no less than five business days ahead of the exam date, if you have registered for an exam and know you will not be able to make it. Staff will then withdraw your application, your exam fee would be refunded, and you can apply to register for the next exam. Applicants are not automatically reassigned to the next exam.

Exam Day 

How to Access the online Guardianship Certification Exam (pdf)

When taking the test, you shall follow the same security rules as for in-person exams, including, but limited to the following:

  • No others are allowed in the room where you’re testing.
  • No prohibited items are allowed in the room. (Refer to the Personal Belongings section of this page to see prohibited items.)
  • You can only take the exam once. You cannot logout, then login and take it again.
  • You cannot take screenshots of the test.
  • Talking is not allowed, including reading exam content aloud.
  • Notes are not allowed to be taken during or after the exam. (See Exam Security and Cheating section of this page.)

To take the written exam online, you must do the following:

  • Login to Blackboard using the link in your confirmation email.
    • Do not use a tablet or mobile device.
    • We strongly advise against taking the exam in a work environment, unless it meets the requirements established for testing, such as no others in the room, no electronic devices of any kind, etc.
    • We recommend not testing on a work computer or laptop because you must download the secure browser and most employers have security measures that prohibits downloading on their equipment.
  • Go to the "Texas Judicial Branch Certification Commission" page.
    • It’s imperative that you read all information under the "Guardianship Certification Examinee Information" section.
  • Write down the help desk contact info in case you run into any issues testing.
    • JBCC staff cannot provide technical support. You must contact the help desk for Blackboard.
  • After reading all information, go to the “Installing Lockdown Browser” section of the page and click the link to install the browser.
  • Open Respondus Lockdown to get started on the test.
    • You will be prompted to login again (so that you’re logged in using the lockdown browser). You will not be able to test if not logged into the lockdown browser.
    • Read/agree to the terms of service.
    • You must complete the webcam check.
    • You must do a scan of the entire room with your webcam, including the workstation where you are testing
      • If you do not have a detachable camera, you must place a mirror that is big enough to see your workstation in camera view so that your workstation (monitors included) is clearly visible for the duration of the exam.
    • You must display your government issued ID and take a picture of it using Respondus Lockdown.
  •  Click the link to take the test (i.e., click on the test name)
    • You may see an External URL message. Click on the hyperlink displayed to be taken to the page to download the lockdown browser.
  • Click Begin Test
    • Questions are displayed 1 at a time.
      • Save the answer, then click the arrow to go to next question.
    • There will be a running clock that you can see to keep track of how much time you have left to finish the exam.
      • When time runs out, your exam will automatically stop and be submitted.
  • If finished prior to time running out, click Ok, then click to save and Submit the test.
  • You will be able to see your test results. (Official results will be emailed to you by the licensing specialist.)
    • It also shows all of the questions you answered. Any questions you got wrong will show 0 points for that question. This will serve as your exam analysis.
  • Logout.

Personal Belongings

No personal items are allowed at the examination site. You cannot have anything with you in the exam room except your keys, your wallet, and a jacket (with empty pockets). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • cell phones,
  • pagers,
  • PDAs,
  • cameras,
  • notes,
  • electronic devices,
  • watches (analog included),
  • recording devices of any kind,
  • purses,
  • backpacks,
  • bags,
  • papers,
  • portable fans (non-electric fans included), and
  • food or drink.

Results

Inquiries for exam results will not be replied to unless exam results have already been issued and your inquiry would notify JBCC that you must have missed the results email. We receive many of these inquiries after each exam and each email takes time to research respond to. Thank you for your understanding.

  1. You can see your exam results immediately after submitting your online exam.
  2. You will also be officially notified of your results by way of the primary email address on file. Exam results will not be released or discussed by telephone. Exam results will not be provided to, or discussed with, a third party, including your employer.
  3. Your notice will inform you if you passed or failed, and your score will be provided. 75 or more is a passing score.
  4. Official results will be provided to you within 30 days of the exam date, as provided by Rule 3.11(a) of the JBCC Rules.
  5. You may take the exam four times. If you are not successful after four attempts, you must petition to the JBCC for permission to take the exam for the fifth time; see Rule 7.2(d) of the JBCC Rule
  6. Per section 152.201 (c-1) of Chapter 152 and section 3.11 (d) of the JBCC Rules, passing exam scores are valid for a period of 2 years after the date of the examination. If you've not become certified within 2 years of passing the exam, you must retake the exam passed.

Certification

After you have passed the exam, your application for certification will be processed. Please allow up to 30 days from the date you receive your exam results for your certification card to be issued.

Certification cards will be issued by regular mail to the primary mailing address on file.

Once you’re certified, you will receive an automated email from our system advising that your new certification application has been approved. Please check your inbox (and spam folder) for this correspondence. Once you receive this email, or you get your certification card in the mail, or verify your certification online, whichever comes first, you may begin to provide professional guardianship services. 

Exam Security and Cheating

Per section 3.7 of the JBCC Rules, the contents of any examination that is required for the issuance of a Commission certification or license are confidential.

Except for those whose ADA accommodations have been pre-approved by the JBCC, when an applicant must take an examination in order to obtain a certification or license, the applicant may only use methods of assistance that are available to, and authorized for, other persons taking the examination. 

Violation of exam security includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • obtaining or attempting to obtain from any source examination questions or answers for use by an applicant, prospective applicant, or any other person, including a person associated with a school or examination preparation course;
  • providing or attempting to provide examination questions or answers to an applicant, prospective applicant, or any other person, including a person associated with a school or examination preparation course;
  • presenting a falsified or fraudulent document to gain entry to an examination;
  • presenting a falsified or fraudulent document concerning an individual's results from an examination;
  • taking an examination for another person;
  • an applicant or prospective applicant, knowingly allowing another person to take an examination for the applicant or prospective applicant;
  • while taking an examination, using any materials not authorized by the Commission or testing service for use in the examination, including but not limited to notes or study aides;
  • bringing to the examination site or leaving the examination site with examination questions or answers obtained from the current examination or from previous examination attempts;
    • This includes writing down questions or contents of the exam after completing testing (for any reason).  
  • while taking an examination, communicating with any person, other than an authorized representative of the Commission or testing service, about the examination; 
  • bringing any items into the examination, including hand-written notes, not pre-approved by the Commission or testing service.

An applicant who cheats on an examination will be disqualified and may not take the examination again until two years have elapsed from the date of the examination at which the applicant was disqualified.

Send questions or concerns related to the exam to guardians@txcourts.gov to ensure all matters are timely addressed.

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Examination Fee: $175.00

Acceptable forms of payment: Credit Card or Debit Card

Updated: 04/26/2022