Guardianship Certification

Exam 

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.

Inquiries Regarding Paperwork

Applications are processed as soon as possible, in the order of which they are received. Due to the volume of applications received, processing times can vary; therefore, we are unable to provide more specific timeframes.

Applicants must confirm receipt of their applications, and the status of their applications, by referring to the View Pending Applications page of their online profiles. All applicants are sent automated email confirmations of successful application submission, and when applications are approved. Inquiries for application status checks or receipt confirmation will not be replied to unless determined by staff that there’s been a delay in processing your application, and you have not received prior notification. We receive many of these inquiries and each email takes time to research and respond to which delays the processing of applications. Thank you for your understanding.

Exam Dates and Locations

Exam dates are listed below. Additional dates may be added, per calendar year, once confirmed.

Important Notes:

  1. If new exam dates are not posted, please wait to apply until the dates are listed as you will be required to include the exam date on your application.
  2. Exam slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. If your registration application is received after all slots are filled, your application will be withdrawn, your exam fee refunded, and you can register for the next exam. Applicants are not automatically reassigned to the next exam. We will post when exams are closed for further registrations by the exam date that has filled up.
  3. Please be advised that we are unable to accommodate requests to select the time slots assigned for exams.
  4. JBCC staff will assign your date, time and location for the exams.  Please read your notice carefully to ensure you arrive on the correct date and time and at the correct location.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please continue to monitor schedule below for updates. Dates and protocols are subject to change. 

Note to Examinees 05/21/21: Our focus remains on protecting the safety and wellbeing of examinees and staff. Please read the new Exam Protocols, in the link below, which are effective immediately. Thank you for your understanding.

Exam Dates
Date Location Registration Deadline
01/26/2021
*New Date
Austin, TX*Closed.
Apps no longer accepted.
12/29/2020
04/20/2021 Austin, TX 03/30/2021
07/20/2021 Austin, TX 06/29/2021
10/19/2021 Austin, TX 09/28/2021

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

NOTE: For the exams held in Austin, registration is limited to 20 examinees per date, and registration is on a first come, first served basis.  If your registration application is received after all slots are filled, your application will be withdrawn, your exam fee refunded, and you can register for the next exam. Applicants are not automatically reassigned to the next exam.

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Exam Procedures

All applications must be submitted online. Paper applications are no longer accepted.

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. Applications submitted unaccompanied by payment cannot be processed. You must apply for the exam via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page. 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.
    How to Apply for an Exam:
    First-Time Applicants (those who have not applied with us before):
    A) Create your online profile following the instructions in section I of the pdf Guide to Using the Online System on the home page of our website.
    B) Go to your profile home page and click the Apply for Exam link on the What Do You Want to Do menu. Follow the instructions accordingly from there.
    Existing Applicants (i.e., those who’ve applied with us before):
    Login to your online profile and click the Apply for Exam link on the What Do You Want to Do menu of your home page. Follow the instructions accordingly from there. 
  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 guardians@txcourts.gov

ADA Accommodations

Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be made for ADA conditions. Send your request for accommodation to the JBCC as far in advance as possible, but at least 10 days in advance of the exam date (weekends and holidays not included). Requests received less than ten days before the exam date cannot be honored. Your request for accommodation may accompany your exam paperwork, or may be sent separately. Either way, the request for accommodation is subject to the ten days in advance of the exam date deadline, per section 3.10 of the JBCC Rules.  

Re-Scheduling Your Exam Date
Please email the Certification Division Licensing Specialist at guardians@txcourts.gov, no less than five business days ahead of the exam date, if you have registered for an exam and know you will not be able to make it. Staff will then withdraw your application, your exam fee would be refunded, and you can apply to register for the next exam. Applicants are not automatically reassigned to the next exam.

Exam Day

You must refer to the Exam Protocols (pdf) documentation on this page (above the exam dates) for current procedures regarding rescheduling, reporting to exam site, identification at exam site, and exam security. Staff will be strictly adhering to these protocols.

Reporting to the Exam Site 

You may arrive at the exam location thirty minutes before the scheduled exam time. However, per the exam protocols, applicants should not enter the exam site (i.e., the building) until 15 minutes prior to 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. No conversing or any other form of communication among candidates is permitted once you enter the examination area.

If you arrive late, and the exam has begun, you will not be allowed to test. You will need to reapply to test at a later date. There will be no exceptions.

Examinees are allowed 2 hours to complete the exam.

Identification Required Prior to Arrival at Exam Site
You must submit your photo ID during the pre-registration process.  If you do not have a valid, government-issued photo ID, please contact the licensing specialist, no later than the registration deadline date, to arrange a way to meet this security requirement.  

If you fail to provide the required identification, you will not NOT be admitted to the examination room, and you will need to reapply to test at a later date. There will be no exceptions.

Taking the Exam, Etiquette, and Security Procedures

  1. After you have been checked in and your identification has been verified, you will be directed into the exam room. The proctor will instruct you regarding testing.
  2. Once the exam has begun, late arrivals are not allowed. You may not leave and re-enter the exam room during the testing.
  3. The contents of the exam are confidential. Copying, discussing, or otherwise communicating with anyone regarding the exam content is strictly prohibited and is a violation of the security policy and Texas State Law. Either one may result in the disqualification of examination results and may lead to legal action.
  4. Refer to Rule 3.7 of the JBCC Rules for more information on exam security
  5. While at the examination site, you are considered to be a professional and shall be treated as such. In turn, you must conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times.
  6. While at the site, you shall not use words or take actions that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or that would denigrate the staff or other candidates. You must adhere to all policies and standards to ensure that all candidates have a pleasant and professional examination experience. If you fail to comply with these policies, you will have your examination results disqualified and will forfeit your examination fee.
  7. You may not bring anything with you into the exam room except your keys, your wallet, and a jacket. This means no cell phones, pagers, PDAs, cameras, notes, electronic devices, watches (analog included), recording devices of any kind, purses, notes, backpacks, bags, papers, and food or drink are NOT allowed at the examination site.
  8. No personal items are allowed at the examination site. Per exam protocols, personal property cannot be left with the registrar. Please leave your personal items in a secure place prior to arrival. Staff will not be responsible for safeguarding of any personal property.
  9. Guest visitors and/or family members are not allowed at the examination site. Please make arrangements ahead of time for them to pick you up after the exam is completed.

After the Exam

Inquiries for exam results will not be replied to unless exam results have already been issued and your inquiry would notify JBCC that you must have missed the results email. We receive many of these inquiries after each exam and each email takes time to respond to which delays the processing of results. Thank you for your understanding.

Results

  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

Certification
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 guardians@txcourts.gov to ensure all matters are timely addressed.

 

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Examination Fee: $175.00

Acceptable forms of payment: Credit Card or Debit Card

Updated: 05/25/2021