Offender Education Program Frequently Asked Questions
Health Professions Transition FAQs
1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Offender Education Programs including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on November 1, 2017.
2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now, issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.
3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on November 1, 2017.
4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was transferred to TDLR.
5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:
- Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
- Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
- Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.
6. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in September, and October, and November 2017. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future. Licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS.
7. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. In addition, licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.
8. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which authorized the transfer of thirteen licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR. Phase one of this transfer was completed on October 3, 2016 when seven Health-Related Profession programs went live at TDLR.
Licensing Instructor Questions
1. What are the requirements to become a certified instructor for a DWI Education Program, Drug Offender Education Program, or Alcohol Education Program for Minors?
An individual must:
- have a minimum of an associate’s degree in the field of psychology, sociology, counseling, social work, criminal justice, education, nursing, health, or traffic safety;
- be a licensed chemical dependency counselor, registered counselor intern, licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, licensed professional counselor intern, certified teacher, licensed psychologist, licensed physician or psychiatrist, probation or parole officer, adult or child protective services worker, licensed vocational nurse, or registered nurse; or
- have at least one year of documented experience in case management or education relating to substance abuse and/or mental health.
2. What are the requirements to become a certified instructor for a DWI Intervention Program?
An individual must either:
- be a licensed chemical dependency counselor, registered counselor intern, licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, licensed professional counselor intern, licensed psychologist, licensed physician or psychiatrist; or
- possess, at a minimum, an associate’s degree in the field of psychology, sociology, counseling, social work, criminal justice, education, nursing, or health; and
- have a minimum of two years of documented experience providing direct client services directly related to the applicable internship, licensing, or education documented under subsection (a)(1) (this reference should be clarified, since this is not rule text), to persons with substance abuse problems or mental disorders.
3. How do I become a certified instructor?
To become a certified Instructor for a particular type of Offender Education Program, an individual must successfully complete the applicable department-approved and sponsored Offender Education Instructor training course.
4. What is the license fee to be a certified instructor?
There is no license fee.
5. Can I be a certified instructor for more than one offender education program?
Yes, but you must take the applicable offender education training course for each particular program you wish to be certified in.
6. How much does it cost for an offender education training course?
The fee for an instructor initial training workshop is $425.00. This fee is paid to the third-party contractor.
7. I am a licensed instructor, how long is my certificate valid for?
Your certification must be renewed every 2 years.
8. I need to renew my instructor license, what is the renewal fee?
There is no renewal fee to renew your instructor license.
9. How much do the in-service workshops cost?
The cost for the in-service course is $100.00 per certification.
10. I have more than 1 certification do I need to take an in-service course for each certification?
No, you do have to pay per certification but will only have to enroll and complete 1 in-service course.
Offender Education Program Questions
1. How do I apply to become a certified Offender Education Program Provider?
- Submit a completed offender education program application for the applicable program
- Identify the certified instructor who will act as Administrator
- Submit the program initial application and fee
2. What types of Offender Education Programs are there?
There are 4 types of Offender Education Programs:
- Alcohol Education Program for Minors-AEPM
- Drug Offender Education Program-DOEP
- DWI Education Program
- DWI Intervention Program
3. Can I offer the course in another language?
The course may be provided in English or Spanish.
4. What is a branch site?
A branch site is a site that is in the same or adjacent county as the program’s headquarters.
5. What is the application fee for an Offender Education Program / Provider?
The initial application fee for a new program is $300.00.
6. What is the fee to renew a Offender Education Program/Provider?
The renewal fee is $200.00.
7. I recently purchased certificates from Department of State Health Services. Do I have to purchase new certificates that say Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation?
No, please use up all the material you purchased through DSHS first.
8. If I have a complaint about an instructor or a Offender Education Program/Provider, who should I contact?
Please file your complaint online using our Online Complaint Process.
Participant/ Offender Questions
1. I need to take a court ordered course, where can I find a school in my county?
You can find a list of approved Offender Education Courses on the TDLR website.
2. Are there courses offered in Spanish?
Yes, you can find list of approved Offender Education courses in Spanish on the TDLR website.