Texas Forensic Science Commission

Licensing Exam 

I. General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam I

*Please note that effective 1/1/2023, analysts and technicians must take the GFALE II and the GFALE I will no longer be available as an option.  Instructions for accessing study materials and registering for the GFALE II are posted below in Sections III. and IV.  

As a requirement to obtain a forensic analyst or technician license in Texas, licensees must successfully complete the General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam or the General Forensic Technician Licensing Exam, depending on the license type for which the candidate is applying. Candidates do not need to begin an application for a license in order to be eligible for the exam. Candidates must be currently employed at a laboratory accredited by the Forensic Science Commission.

To register for the exam, candidates designate a proctor at the employing laboratory. The proctor sends a completed Exam Administration Request spreadsheet with the requested exam administration date and time to licensing@fsc.texas.gov. All exam administration dates must be approved at least 7 days prior to the administration date of the exam. See the Exam/Proctor Instructions for a completed copy of instructions and procedures for the exam.

II. Accessing GFALE I Study Materials

Candidates may access the study materials for the exam anytime, whether currently employed at an accredited lab or not. You must first register for an account in TopClass, the Commission’s learning management and license application system, in order to access the study material.

Please do not create duplicate accounts, if you have already created an account but need your password reset or login assistance, please contact us at Licensing@fsc.texas.gov

If you have forgotten your username or password, you may click on the "Forgot your password?" section in TopClass for self-service

To create your account:

  1. Go to the TopClass Learning Management System website
  2. Click the "Register Now" button
  3. Fill out the form to create your account username and password

Once you have an account, to access the study materials:

  1. Log into your account in TopClass
  2. Click the magnifying glass ("Catalog") in the lefthand menu.
  3. In the search bar in the Catalog page, search the catalog for "reading" and General Forensic Exam Reading Material will appear.
  4. Click "ENROLL" or "APPLY".

The materials will be added to your "Learning" tab in TopClass.

Exam Syllabus

III. General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam II - Effective January 1, 2023

On January 1, 2023, candidates for licensure must take and pass the General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam II (GFALE II). The General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam I and corresponding study materials will no longer be available for registration.  GFALE II exam candidates may access study materials today following the instructions below and can register for the exam using the registration link below. The exam is a remotely administered test that utilizes exam security software administered through Blackboard.  You do not need the assistance of your laboratory management to register for and take the exam. 

GFALE II REGISTRATION FORM LINK

GFALE II Exam Syllabus

Exam Security and Technology Instructions

IV. General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam II Study Materials

To access GFALE II Study Materials -- 

To create your account if you don't already have one:

  1. Go to the TopClass Learning Management System website
  2. Click the "Register Now" button
  3. Fill out the form to create your account username and password

Once you have an account, to access the study materials:

  1. Log into your account in TopClass
  2. Click the magnifying glass ("Catalog") in the lefthand menu.
  3. In the search bar in the Catalog page, type "GFALE II" and the course will pop up.
  4. Click "ENROLL" or "APPLY".

The materials will be added to your "Learning" tab in TopClass.

V. Student Exam Eligibility

Forensic undergraduate and graduate students may be eligible to sit for the General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam one time if they meet the following requirements:

  • Enrollment at an accredited university
  • Completed coursework within 24 credit hours of graduating
  • Designate a proctor from the university willing to proctor the exam

To apply for approval to take the exam as a student:

First, email your request to take the exam to licensing@fsc.texas.gov, along with proof you have completed enough coursework to be within 24 hours of graduation from an accredited university. Please send proof in the form of a transcript or otherwise. We must be able to see the total hours needed for graduation based on the document(s) you send.

If you meet the requirements for enrollment at an accredited university and are within 24 hours of graduation, to register for the General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam, you must designate a University representative from your school and have them send a request for your specific exam date and time to licensing@fsc.texas.gov, along with a completed copy of the Student Exam Administration Request spreadsheet. See the Student Exam/Proctor Instructions for a completed copy of instructions and procedures for the exam.

University representatives must be a university official (including professors) willing to sign a confidentiality agreement to administer the exam for you at a designated time and place at the University. Once we have your exam scheduled with a University proctor, we will send exam information and further instructions directly to the proctor/university representative.

All exams are taken electronically through the Commission’s licensing program software, TopClass. You must have an active TopClass account, including your login username and password to access the exam at the designated time. For instructions on creating an account and accessing study materials, see the information on this page above.

VI. Exam Eligibility for Disciplines Not Required to be Accredited

Beginning April 1, 2021, an employee of a crime laboratory accredited under Texas law that performs forensic analysis in a forensic discipline not subject to accreditation or licensing requirements by the Commission is eligible for the General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam and Modified General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam if the analyst is authorized to perform independent casework in one of the following forensic disciplines:

      (i) forensic anthropology;

      (ii) crime scene investigation and crime scene reconstruction;

      (iii) latent print processing and latent print examination;

      (iv) digital evidence (including computer forensics, audio, or imaging);

      (v) breath specimen testing under Transportation Code, Chapter 724, limited to analysts who perform breath alcohol calibrations; and

      (vi) document examination, including document authentication, physical comparison, and product determination.

To register for the exam, candidates must designate a proctor at the employing laboratory. The proctor should send the completed Exam Administration Request spreadsheet with the requested exam administration date and time to licensing@fsc.texas.gov