Texas Code Enforcement Officer Continuing Education

Continuing Education for Code Enforcement Officers

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, the officer must complete a total of 6 hours continuing education with at least one hour of must be 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.

Acceptable 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

Commercial Education Business

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 the commercial education business continuing education provider application.

A list of approved commercial education businesses is provided below:

Approved Continuing Education Subjects

Continuing education activities provided by an approved provider will be accepted if one of the following subjects is covered:

(1) zoning and zoning ordinance enforcement

(2) sign regulations

(3) home occupations

(4) housing codes and ordinances

(5) building abatement

(6) nuisance violations

(7) abandoned vehicles

(8) junk vehicles

(9) health ordinances

(10) basic processes of law related to code enforcement

(11) professional, supervisory, or management training related to the profession of code enforcement

(12) legislative or legal updates related to the profession of code enforcement

(13) 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:

Conferences; home-study training modules (including professional journals requiring successful completion of a test document); lectures; panel discussions; seminars; accredited college or university courses; video or film presentations with live instruction; field demonstrations; and teleconferences.

*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) https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ceo/ceorules.htm#62.24

Continuing Education Audit for Code Enforcement Officers

TDLR shall 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.