Guardianship Certification

Initial Certification 

Under section 155.012 of Texas Government Code, the following individuals must be certified by the Commission:

  • An individual who is a private professional guardian;
  • An individual who will provide those services to a ward of a private professional guardian on the guardian's behalf; 
  • An individual, other than a volunteer, who will provide those services, or other services under Section 161.114, Human Resources Code, to a ward of a guardianship program or the Department of Aging and Disability Services on the program's or department's behalf.
  • A person who at any time supervises direct providers of guardianship services must be certified, unless the person is exempt under Section 155.001(6) of the Government Code.

Certification

Texas does not have reciprocity with other states; however, those seeking information on certification by endorsement must submit inquiries to jbcc@txcourts.gov for information on this process.

In order to be eligible to become a certified Guardian, you must:

  1. Satisfy the requirements of Sections 3.0 and 7.2 of the JBCC Rules;
  2. Be at least 21 years of age;
  3. Be a high school graduate or possess the GED equivalent;
  4. Have two years of relevant work experience related to guardianship or these education/training requirements:
    a) have at least a bachelor's degree in a field relevant to guardianship, or
    b) completion of a Commission approved course curriculum or training specifically related guardianship
  5. Successfully pass a Commission approved exam, after no more than 4 attempts; and
  6. Meet all attestation requirements established in section 7.2 (b) (6-7) of the JBCC Rules.

Effective September 1, 2016, an application for certification, payment of the certification fee and fingerprinting for a criminal history background check is required before you may register to take the required exam described in item 5 above.  See the Exam page of our website for more information.


In order to apply to become a certified Guardian, you must:

  1. Submit the Application for Certification. You can apply for certification by mail or via our online licensing and certification system. If you cannot access the application, located on the Forms page of our website, you must submit a written request to the Commission to have it sent to you. Requests may be submitted to (Fax) 512-463-1117, (Email) guardians@txcourts.gov, or to our general correspondence address of PO Box 12066, Austin, TX 78711-2066. Form requests are not accepted by phone.
    Click here to use the online certification and licensing system.
  2. Pay the certification fee. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc. The appropriate fee must accompany the application for certification, along with a copy of your fingerprinting receipt, (after you've been fingerprinted).
  3. Pass a criminal history background check with DPS and the FBI. 
  4. Register for, and pass, the required exam. See the Exam portion of this page for more information.

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Provisional Certification

In order to be eligible to become a provisionally certified Guardian, you must:

  1. Satisfy the requirements of Sections 3.0 and 7.2 of the JBCC Rules;
  2. Be at least 21 years of age;
  3. Be a high school graduate or possess the GED equivalent; and
  4. Meet all attestation requirements established in section 7.2 (b) (6-7) of the JBCC Rules.


In order to apply to become a provisionally certified Guardian, once all eligibility requirements have been met, you must:

  1. Submit the Application for Provisional Certification. You can apply for provisional certification by mail or via our online licensing and certification system. If you cannot access the application, located on the Forms page of our website, you must submit a written request to the Commission to have it sent to you. Requests may be submitted to (Fax) 512-463-1117, (Email) guardians@txcourts.gov, or to our general correspondence address of PO Box 12066, Austin, TX 78711-2066. Form requests are not accepted by phone.

    Click here to use the online certification and licensing system.

  2. Pay the certification fee. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc. The appropriate fee must accompany the application for certification. 
    The JBCC is not automatically notified that your criminal history report information is available; we rely on the fingerprinting receipt provided by you to alert us to retrieve your report. Your application cannot be processed until the form is received.
  3. Pass a criminal history background check with DPS and the FBI. 

Criminal History

All new guardian applicants, and those renewing under the JBCC, are required to obtain one-time fingerprinting through the Texas Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Program for a Texas and FBI criminal history search.  Fees for these services are paid at the time your fingerprints are taken.  The results of the searches will be sent directly to the Commission.

  • If you apply for certification within one year of being provisionally certified, a new criminal history check is not required.
  • If you are provisionally certified when you apply for certification, new criminal history reports are required if you have been provisionally certified for more than twelve (12) months.
  • You do not need to have your fingerprints taken again once you have been fingerprinted for purposes of guardianship certification. Upon receipt of your application and required payment, staff will request a new criminal history report and the results will be sent directly to the Commission.

Refer to section 3.0 of the JBCC Rules for additional details on this requirement.

Expiration

New certifications will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. Provisional certification is valid for one 2 year period only and cannot be renewed.

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Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Initial Certification: ($25.00)

Provisional Certification: ($25.00)

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

Make payable To: The Office of Court Administration

Updated: 09/18/2017