Continuing Education Requirements
for Licensed Occupations in Texas

This information was collected 2001-2002 as part of a Perkins-funded project, Texas Partners for Workforce Distance Learning, Project Director Pat Smith, Temple College. While some CEU requirements have undoubtedly changed, the information may still be helpful.

This list contains continuing education requirements for licensed occupations in Texas included in the publication Licensed Occupations and Apprenticeship Program Contacts in Texas, Ninth Edition, August 2001 published by Texas Workforce Commission Career Development Resources.  The list is not a comprehensive listing of every occupation in Texas, but only the known occupations that require continuing education credits as one of the criteria for renewal.  This information is current as of 2/11/2002.


Continuing Education Requirements




 Licensed Occupations
Continuing Education Requirements to Renew

Accountants & Auditors

Certified Public Accountant

Annual CEUs Ethics-2hrs/yr



17 hours CAE/yr

Heating, A/C, & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers

A/C & Refrigeration Contractor

Voluntary continuing education



8 CEPH/year

Athletic Trainer

Athletic Trainer

30 clock hours/ 3 years

Judges and Magistrates


15 CLE hours/year inc. 3 hrs. ethics

Combative Sports Promoter

Boxing Promoter

Voluntary continuing education

Child Care Administrator

Child Care Administrator

15 hours for biennial renewal



16 hours/year

Compliance Officers

Code Enforcement Officer

to be required; rules in development

Counselors, Chemical Dependency

Chemical Dependency Counselor

If also licensed as LMSW, LMFT,LPC, physician, or
psychologist-24 hours CE/2yrs.
If not otherwise licensed, 60 hours.
All hours specific to or related to chemical dependency.

Counselor, Professional

Counselor, Professional

12 hours/year inc. 3 hours ethics or legal issues every other yr.

Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygienist

12 hours/year



12 hours/year

Dietitians and Nutritionists


6 clock hours/year

Drinking Water Utility Plant Operator

Certificate Classes 1-3

1-2 courses in water conditioning

Emergency Medical Technicians

Emergency Medical Technician

Varies by level: see below


Emergency Care Attendants (ECA)

20 contact hours CE/2yrs; 40 hours within 4/yr cert. period


Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)

40 contact hours CE/2yrs; 80 hours within 4/yr cert. period


EMT-Intermediates (EMT-1)

60 contact hours CE/2 yrs; 120 hours within 4/yr cert. period


EMT-Paramedics (EMT-P)

80 contact hours CE/2 yrs; 160 hours within 4/yr cert. period


Professional Engineer

None required

Fire Fighters

Fire Protection Personnel/Firefighter

20 hrs CE/year

Fire Inspectors

Fire Protection System Contractor

None found

Funeral Directors & Morticians

Funeral Director/Embalmer

20 hrs/yr; required 2 hrs-law updates; 2-ethics; 2-vital stats

Salespersons, Retail

Hearing Instrument Fitter/Dispenser

20 hrs/yr

Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, & Investigators

Insurance Adjuster

30 hrs/2yrs, including 2 hrs/ethics (Most licensees)

Sales Agents & Placers, Insurance

Insurance Agent

15 hours CE/yr

Interior Designers

Interior Designer

8 hrs/yr


Interpreter for the Deaf

75 hrs/5 yrs.


Irrigator, Landscape

8 hours/yr

Surveyors and Mapping Scientists

Land Surveyor

8 hrs/yr

Landscape Architects

Landscape Architect

8 CEPH/year (CE Program Hrs) TBAE

Police Detectives

Law Enforcement Officer

40 hrs/2 yrs Currently in 4 yr cycle

Librarians, Professional

Librarian, County



Grades II & III (valid for two years)

3 semester hrs at accredited college
 or 20 hrs other continuing education activities


Grade I (permanent)


Marriage &  Family Therapist

Marriage & Family Therapist

15 hrs/yr; 3 hrs ethics every 3 yrs.

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

6 clock hrs/yr

Medical Scientists

Medical Physicist, Professional

24 contact hours/2 years

Radiologic Technologists

Medical Radiologic Technologist, General

24 hours/2 years


Limited Certificate

12 hours/2 years

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants

Midwife, Direct Entry

10 hours CE /yr

Licensed Practical Nurses

Nurse, Licensed Vocational (LVN)

20 contact hours (2 CEUs)/2 yrs

Registered Nurses

Nurse, Registered (RN)

20 contact hours (2 /CEUs)/2 yrs


Nurse Aide, Long Term Care

none found

Medicine & Health Services Managers

Nursing Facility Administrator

40 hours CE/ 2 yrs

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapist

30 hrs/2 yrs.


Occupational Therapist Assistant

30 hrs/2yrs

On-Site Sewage Facility

Designated Representative

16 hrs/yr


Installer Class I

16 hrs/yr


Installer Class II

16 hrs/yr

Opticians, Dispensing & Measuring


5 hrs/yr for voluntarily registered opticians



sixteen hours of continuing education/ year inc.
six hours in diagnostic or therapeutic education





prosthetist or orthotist license

24 hrs/2 yrs


prosthetist and orthotist license

40 hrs/2 yrs


prosthetist or orthotist assistant

12 hrs/2 yrs


prosthetist and orthotist assistant

20 hrs/2 yrs


prosthetic or orthotic technician

6 hrs/2 yrs


prosthetic and orthotic technician

10 hrs/2 yrs

Pawn Broker/Lender


None found

Cardiology Technologist


45 CEUs/3 yrs

Pest Controllers & Assistants

Pesticide Applicator



Private Applicator

15 CEUs/5 yrs ( 2 ea. in laws/regs & integrated pest mgmt.)


Private Applicator Certificate Holder

15 CEUs/5 yrs


Commercial Applicator

5 CEUs/yr (1 ea fr 2 of: laws/regs, integ pest mgmt, drift min)


Noncommercial Applicator

5 CEUs/yr (1 ea fr 2 of: laws/regs, integ pest mgmt, drift min)



12 hours CE/ yr

Physical Therapists

Physical Therapist

3 CEUs (30 contact hours)/2yrs inc. 2 hrs. ethics;


Physical Therapist Assistant

2 CEUs (20 contact hours)/2 yrs inc. 2 hrs. ethics

Physicians and Surgeons


24 hrs CME/yr (at least 12 hours formal courses)


Physician Assistant

40 hrs CME/yr (at least 20 hours formal courses)

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters


6 hrs/ yr


Podiatric Physician

30 hours CE/2 yrs

Polygraph Examiners

Polygraph Examiner



Private Investigator/Security Guard

12 hrs/2yrs



12 hrs/yr


Psychological Associate

12 hrs/yr


Specialist in School Psychology

12 hrs/yr

Sales Agents, Real Estate

Real Estate Broker

15 classroom hours MCE/ two years inc. 6 hrs legal topics


Real Estate Sales Agent

30 hours/yr Salesperson Annual Education (SAE)

Construction & Building Inspectors

Real Estate Inspector

8 hours core real estate inspection courses/year

Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Care Practitioner

12 hours CE/yr



12 CE contact hours/yr

Sales Agent, Securities, Commodities, Financial Serv.

Securities Dealer/Investment Advisor

 none found

Social Workers

Social Work Associate

15 hours CE/yr inc. 3 hours in ethics


Licensed Social Worker

15 hours CE/yr inc. 3 hours in ethics


Licensed Master Social Worker

15 hours CE/yr inc. 3 hours in ethics

Municipal Solid Waste

Solid Waste Technician Class A-Class D

40 hrs-24 hrs/4 yrs

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

Speech-Language Pathologist/Audiologist

10 hrs/yr; 15 if dually licensed

Tax Examiners, Collectors, & Revenue Agents

Registered Texas Assessor Collectors

60 CEUs/5 yrs


Registered Professional Appraisers

60 CEUs/5 yrs


Registered Texas Collectors

25 CEUs/5 yrs



none found


Underground Storage Tank Installer

8 hrs/yr


UST On-Site Installer or Remover Supervisor

8 hrs/yr for each license type held

Veterinarians and Veterinary Inspectors


15 hrs/yr; 3 hrs ethics every 3 yrs.

Earth Drillers

Water Well Driller/Pump Installer






Continuing Education Requirements




Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Med. Tech

3.6 CEUs/3 yrs

Clinical Laboratory Technician

Clinical Laboratory Technician/ Med. Lab. Tech.

3.6 CEUs/3 yrs

Clinical Laboratory Phlebotomist

Clinical Laboratory Phlebotomist

3.6 CEUs/3 yrs

CT(IAC) International Academy of Cytology


180 continuing education credits/4 yrs

Genetic Counselor

Genetic Counselor, Diplomate

25 CEUs/10 yrs

Histologic technician

Histologic Technician

3.6 CEUs/3 yrs



1.2 CEUs (1 CE = 10 contact hours) / year

Leisure Professional

Leisure Professional, Certified

2 CEUs/2 yrs

Music Therapist

Music Therapist-Board Certified




15 hours CE/yr

Pathologists' Assistant

Pathologists' Assistant

Certification process in development

Recreation Therapist

Therapeutic recreation specialist, certified

30-50 hours/5 yrs

Surgical Technologist

Certified Surgical Technologist

80 CE credits/6 yrs

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