Continuing Education Requirements for Code Enforcement Officers
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License Renewal Requirements
For a registered code enforcement officer to renew, the officer must complete a total of 12 hours continuing education with at least one hour in legal or legislative issues.
For a registered code enforcement officer in training to renew a license, the officer must complete a total of 6 hours continuing education with at least one hour in legal or legislative issues.
A code enforcement officer in training who applies to upgrade a registration is not required to submit continuing education hours for the upgrade.
Approved Continuing Education Providers
Continuing education activities will be accepted for continuing education credit if the continuing education is provided by one of the following providers:
- An accredited college or university
- A governmental agency, including local, state or federal agencies
- An association with a membership of 25 or more persons, or its affiliate
- A course offered by an approved commercial education business
For information on how to become an approved continuing education provider, please see the Code Enforcement Officer Continuing Education Provider Licensing page.
A list of approved non-profit education organizations is provided below:
- TEEX - Texas A&M Engineering Extension
- Code Enforcement Association of Texas
- City of Irving Code Enforcement - Contact Teresa Adrian
- Texas A & M AgriLife Extension
- Valley Building Officials Association
A commercial education business can offer continuing education for registered code enforcement officers or officers in training if they have been approved by the department.
To obtain approval, submit a completed Commercial Education Business Continuing Education Provider Application (PDF).
A list of approved commercial education businesses is provided below:
- Building Professional Institute
- Hardin & Associates Consulting, LLC
- Training & Development Institute of the North Central Texas Council of Governments
- Tri-State Consultants
- Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center
- Winn's Continuing Education Inc
- ESI Training Solutions
- M.E.T.S. (email only)
- Teel Consulting Services (email only)
Approved Continuing Education Subjects
Continuing education activities provided by an approved provider will be accepted if one of the following subjects is covered:
- Zoning and zoning ordinance enforcement
- Sign regulations
- Home occupations
- Housing codes and ordinances
- Building abatement
- Nuisance violations
- Abandoned vehicles
- Junk vehicles
- Health ordinances
- Basic processes of law related to code enforcement
- Professional, supervisory, or management training related to the profession of code enforcement
- Legislative or legal updates related to the profession of code enforcement
- Approved courses offered by another professional regulatory agency in the State of Texas which is acceptable continuing education for registration renewal
Acceptable Continuing Education Activities
The following continuing education activities are acceptable but not limited to, if they are provided by an approved provider and cover one of the approved subjects (see above):
- Home-study training modules
(including professional journals requiring successful completion of a test document)
- Panel discussions
- Accredited college or university courses
- Video or film presentations with live instruction
- Field demonstrations
*Note: Initial certification in the 12 months preceding renewal will be accepted as proof of continuing education required for renewal if the certification is listed in Section 62.24 (o) (1-6).
Reporting Completed Courses
TDLR uses an audit system for continuing education reporting. Each code enforcement officer is responsible for maintaining a record of their continuing education experiences. The certificates, diplomas, or other documentation verifying continuing education hours should not be forwarded to TDLR at the time of renewal unless the licensee has been selected for audit.
TDLR will select a random sample of registered code enforcement officers and officers in training for each renewal month. If selected for an audit, then you will be notified at the time of your renewal. You will be required to submit copies of certificates, transcripts or other documentation to verify attendance, participation and completion of continuing education requirements. Your registration will not be renewed until continuing education requirements have been met.
You are responsible for maintaining a record of your continuing education experiences or certificates. If you are selected for audit, then you will be notified and records will be required to be submitted to the department.