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.

Requirement of Certification or Registration

Certification of Guardians

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 guardians (examples:  nursing, social work and psychology), or
    b) completion of a Commission approved course curriculum or training specifically related guardianship (currently the only approved course curriculum is offered through HHSC for their employees)
  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 must apply for certification via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page
  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. Applicants that apply for certification online will receive the service code form via the automated email confirmation they receive after submitting their application for certification. Staff will email the form to initial applicants who are required to apply by mail after their applications have been received.
  4. Register for, and pass, the required exam. Refer to the Exam page of our website 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 must apply for provisional certification via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page
  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. 

Certification of Military Spouses, Military Service Members, and Military Veterans

For information on certification, please submit your written intent to practice the regulated profession to guardians@txcourts.gov and our licensing specialist will assist you. Applications currently cannot be submitted online.

Criminal History

All new applicants, and those renewing their certifications are required to obtain one-time electronic Fingerprinting through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Fees for these services are paid at the time your fingerprints are taken. The results of the DPS and FBI fingerprint 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. 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 3.5 of the JBCC Rules for additional details on this requirement.

Under section 3.5 (a) of the JBCC Rules, an initial or renewal application may be denied, and a regulated person may be disciplined, if the person's criminal history or other information indicates that the person lacks the honesty, trustworthiness, or integrity to hold the certification, registration, or license.

Please be aware that we must have an application from you before we can provide the instructions, service code and disclosure language that is required to make your fingerprinting appointment. When you submit your application for certification online, an automated email confirmation will be sent to your primary email address. This automated email will contain the code and instructions you need to get fingerprinted. Please check your inbox (and spam folder) for this correspondence. Do not rely on information or forms that you receive from a source other than the JBCC. Doing so may result in your having to be re-fingerprinted, and thus delays in processing your application.

Expiration

For new certifications, your approval to provide guardianship services will expire two (2) years after the last day of the month of certification and, upon expiration, unless renewed, your name will be removed from the list of certified guardians in our online licensing system. Provisional certifications are valid for one 2 year period only and cannot be renewed.  

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Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Initial Certification: $100.00

Provisional Certification: $100.00

Acceptable forms of payment:  Credit Card or Debit Card

Make payable To: The Office of Court Administration

Updated: 05/20/2020