Guardianship Certification


Exam Information- Effective September 01, 2016

Changes to the registration procedure, registration deadlines, and exam administration have been made as of September 01, 2016. Please be sure that you have correct, current information before registering to take the exam. All forms located on the Forms page of our website.

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.

Exam Dates and Locations

Exam dates have been set through calendar year 2017. Additional dates may be added, per calendar year, once confirmed. The listed registration deadline are not postmark dates; your registration and accompanying documents must be in our office by the deadline.

Exam Dates
Date Location Registration Deadline
10/18/2017 Austin, TX 10/04/2017
01/24/2018 Austin, TX 01/03/2018
05/09/2018 Houston, TX* 04/18/2018
07/25/2018 Austin, TX 07/05/2018
10/23/2018 Austin, TX 10/02/2018

(*)= in conjunction with the Texas Guardianship Association's Annual Conference.

The deadline to register is 21 days prior to the exam date as shown above.  You must complete and submit an Exam Registration form with the appropriate payment. Please follow the instructions in the Certification Exam Information document for submitting your registration and making payments.

Remember, the registration deadline is not a postmark date; your registration form and payment must be in our office by the date shown.

NOTE: For the January, July, and October exams, registration is limited to 20 examinees per date, and registration is on a first come, first served basis.  If your registration is received after 20 people have already registered, you will either be given an alternate time or will be registered for the next exam. For the April 26, 2017 exam, registration is limited to 35 people, and an alternate time is not available. If your registration is received after 35 people have registered, you will be registered for the next exam.

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Exam Procedures

Effective September 01, 2016

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.

  2. Submit your exam registration form and pay the exam fee. You can apply for the exam by mail or via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page. To apply by mail, forms are located on the Forms page of our website. If you cannot access the forms online, you must submit a written request to the Commission to have them sent to you. 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.

  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

ADA Accommodations
Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be made for ADA conditions. Send your request for accommodation to the Certification Division Licensing Manager as far in advance as possible, but at least thirty days in advance of the exam date. Requests received less than thirty days before the exam date cannot be honored. Your request for accommodation may accompany your Exam Registration form and payment of the exam fee, or may be sent separately. Either way, the request for accommodation is subject to the thirty days in advance of the exam date deadline.

Re-Scheduling Your Exam Date
In the event of an emergency that prevents you from taking the exam as scheduled, contact the Certification Division Licensing Manager as soon as possible. Arrangements will be made for you to take the next scheduled exam, and no additional payment will be due.

Please notify the Certification Division Licensing Manager as far in advance as you can - three business days if possible - ahead of the exam date if you have registered for an exam and know you will not be able to make it. If timely notice is received, you will be placed on the list to take the next scheduled exam. No additional payment will be due.

Exam Day

Reporting to the Exam Site
You should arrive at the exam location thirty minutes before the scheduled exam time. This allows time for sign-in and identification verification. Depending on the location of the exam, street parking may be limited, designated visitor parking may be several blocks away, and you may have to clear building security before you can proceed to the exam site. Please be sure to allow adequate time.

If you arrive late, and the exam has begun, you will not be allowed to test. You will be placed on the list to take the next scheduled exam. There will be no exceptions.

Required Identification at Exam Site
You must present photo i.d. when you check in with the registrar.  If you do not have a valid, government-issued photo i.d., please contact the Licensing Manager, no later than the registration deadline date, to arrange a way to meet this security requirement.  

Taking the Exam-Security Procedures

  1. After you have signed in and your photo i.d. has been checked, you will be directed into the exam room. The proctor will instruct you regarding testing.
  2. You may not bring anything with you into the exam room except your keys and your photo i.d. This means no cell phones, pagers, laptops, tablets, purses, back-packs, bags, papers, food or drink. If you do bring personal items with you, you may leave them with the registrar, but we are not responsible for them. We strongly encourage you to leave your personal items in a secure place and not bring them with you to the exam site.
  3. Once the exam has begun, late arrivals are not allowed. You may not leave and re-enter the exam room during the testing.
  4. The contents of the exam are confidential. Copying, discussing, or otherwise communicating with anyone regarding the exam content is strictly prohibited.
  5. Refer to Rule 3.7 of the JBCC Rules for more information on exam security

After the Exam


  1. You will be notified of your results by email to the email address provided on your registration form. 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.
  2. Your notice will inform you if you passed or failed, and your score will be provided. 75% is a passing score.
  3. Results will be provided to you within 30 days of the exam date, as provided by Rule 3.11(a) of the JBCC Rules.
  4. 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

When 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 to be issued.

Send questions or concerns related to the exam to to ensure all matters are timely addressed.



All fees are non-refundable.

Examination Fee: $175.00

Acceptable forms of payment: Check, Money Order, or Cashier's Check

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

Updated: 12/12/2017