Guardianship Certification

Exam 

Changes to the registration procedure, registration deadlines, and exam administration have been made as of September 01, 2016. Please be sure that you have correct, current information before registering to take the 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.

Exam Dates and Locations

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

Registration for the exam is on a first come, first served basis.

Please be advised that we are unable to accommodate requests to select the time slots assigned for exams.

The deadline to register is 21 days prior to the exam date. The registration deadline is not a postmark date; your exam registration form and payment must be in our office by the established dates shown below.

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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dates and protocols may be subject to change. 

Exam Dates
Date Location Registration Deadline
01/22/2020 Austin, TX 01/01/2020
04/07/2020 Austin, TX* CANCELLED 03/17/2020
07/22/2020 Austin, TX* Moved to Sept. 07/01/2020
      09/09/2020 Austin, TX 08/19/2020
10/20/2020 Austin, TX 09/30/2020

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

NOTE: For the January, July, and October exams, registration is limited to 20 examinees per date, and registration is on a first come, first served basis.  If your registration is received after 20 people have already registered, you will either be given an alternate time or will be registered for 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
In the event of an emergency that prevents you from taking the exam as scheduled, contact the Certification Division Licensing Manager as soon as possible. Arrangements will be made for you to take the next scheduled exam, and no additional payment will be due.

Please notify the Certification Division Licensing Manager as far in advance as you can - three business days if possible - ahead of the exam date if you have registered for an exam and know you will not be able to make it. If timely notice is received, you will be placed on the list to take the next scheduled exam. No additional payment will be due.

Exam Day

(NEW) You must refer to the Exam Safety Protocols During COVID-19 (pdf) documentation 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, during the pandemic, per the exam safety protocols, applicants must not enter the exam site (i.e., 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.

If you arrive late, and the exam has begun, you will not be allowed to test. You will be placed on the list to take the next scheduled exam (space permitting). There will be no exceptions.

Examinees are allowed 2 hours to complete the exam.

Required Identification at Exam Site
You must present photo i.d. when you check in with the registrar.  If you do not have a valid, government-issued photo i.d., please contact the licensing specialist, no later than the registration deadline date, to arrange a way to meet this security requirement.  

Taking the Exam and Security Procedures

  1. After you have signed in and your photo i.d. has been checked, 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. No conversing or any other form of communication among candidates is permitted once you enter the examination area.
  8. You may not bring anything with you into the exam room except your keys, a jacket (if cold), and your photo i.d. This means no cell phones, pagers, PDAs, cameras, notes, electronic devices, and recording devices of any kind, purses, notes, backpacks, bags, papers, food or drink are NOT allowed at the examination site.
  9. Guest visitors and/or family members are not allowed at the examination site.
  10. No personal items are allowed at the examination site. During the pandemic, per the safety protocols, personal property cannot be left with the registrar. Please leave your personal items in a secure place off site prior to arrival. Do not bring them with you to the exam site. Staff will not be responsible for any personal items.

After the Exam

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

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

Updated: 10/20/2020