Guardianship Certification

Certified Guardians are licensed and overseen by the Guardianship Certification Board of Texas.  Information about the certification process, forms, and rules are available here.

Guardianship Exams are administered by the Center for Guardianship Certification.  Please register and submit all questions about the exams to them.

Family Guardians are not required to be certified.

From the Guardianship Certification Board website:

Under Section 111.042 of the Texas Government Code [pdf] and Rule III(a) of the Board’s rules, the following individuals must be certified:

  1. individuals, other than attorneys or corporate fiduciaries, who are private professional guardians,
  2. Individuals, other than volunteers, who provide guardianship services to wards of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), and
  3. individuals, other than volunteers, who provide guardianship services to wards of a local, county, or regional guardianship program.
  4. Attorneys who provide guardianship services in a capacity other than private professional guardian must be certified. For example, an attorney who is employed by a guardianship program to provide guardianship services to the program’s wards must be certified. Only attorneys who provide guardianship services as private professional guardians do not need to be certified; see Section 111.001 of the Texas Government Code.
    Please Note: Updated statutes, reflecting changes made by the 82nd Legislature, will not be available from Texas Legislature Online until early 2012.
BEGINNING ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2007, ALL INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE ABOVE CATEGORIES MUST BE CERTIFIED BY THE BOARD IN ORDER TO PROVIDE GUARDIANSHIP SERVICES IN TEXAS.

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