Texas Forensic Science Commission

Licensing Exam 

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

As of 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 are no longer  available for registration.  GFALE II exam candidates can access study materials by 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

NOTE:

  • Please allow at least (7) days advance notice to schedule your exam.
  • If you are located outside of Texas, please request your exam time for Central Time.
  • If you fail to successfully download the required software prior to your exam date you will not be given additional time on test day.
    • It will be necessary for you to reschedule for another exam date/time with a (7) days advance notice using the GFALE II REGISTRATION FORM LINK above.

GFALE II Exam Syllabus

Exam Security and Technology Instructions

II. 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.

III. Student Exam Eligibility

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

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. 

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 Blackboard platform using an exam security software. 

IV. 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 II and Modified General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam II 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 and study for the exam, candidates should follow the regular instructions outlined in Sections I. and II. above.