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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

The TCEQ is dedicated to the protection of the environment and human health through the responsible licensing of individuals whose occupations may have an environmental impact. Please visit the TCEQ website for information regarding preparation, requirements, and approvals that you must have before you take an occupational licensing exam.

Texas State University has two locations that provide the TCEQ computer-based testing. You may test at our main campus in San Marcos or at our campus in Round Rock. Please review this website and choose the location that is most convenient for your needs. If you have any questions, please contact the location where you wish to test. For testing at San Marcos, please call TEMC at 512.245.2276. For testing at Round Rock, please call 512.716.4020.

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  • Step 1. Register for your TCEQ exam. Visit the TCEQ website to register or call 512-239-1000 for assistance.

    Step 2. Pay your Texas State administration fee. Texas State University requires an administration fee based on the time limit of the exam. See Available Exams and Time Limits.

    Up to 2 hours = $40
    Up to 3 hours = $50
    Up to 4 hours = $60
    • To take your TCEQ at the San Marcos campus, visit the SM TCEQ payment page
    • To take your TCEQ at the Round Rock campus, visit the RR TCEQ payment page

    Bring the printed receipt as proof you paid.

    OR, you may pay your administration fee using a credit or debit card on the day of your test at a secure Market Place kiosk at your preferred testing location. Arrive a little early to make payment the day of your exam.

    Step 3. Decide when to take the test. TCEQ exams are offered on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed, any day that the TEMC San Marcos Testing Lab and Testing Center, Round Rock are open.

    If you plan to re-test on the same day, arrive early enough to take two exams. All testing must be completed the day it is started and end 30 minutes prior to closing of the testing facility.

    Step 4. On the test day please bring your printed approval form from TCEQ, your administration fee receipt, your social security number, and approved forms of identification. You will not be allowed to test unless you have all the required documentation and identification with you.

    Note: TEMC cannot provide refunds for any fees or other payments beyond five business days from the date of payment.

     

  • TCEQ allows retakes of exams. Please review your options at the TCEQ website. If you choose to do an immediate retest of your exam, first you must be eligible to do so, and pay any testing and administration fees for the second exam before starting the retake exam. Additionally, you will need to complete the second exam 30 minutes prior to closing time of the testing facility.

    • Valid government-issued identification with photo and signature (i.e., driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID, military ID, etc.)
    • Second form of ID (i.e., any of the previously listed photo IDs, social security card, birth certificate, credit or debit card, student ID, library card, etc.)
    • Social Security number, required to login to TCEQ exam
  • Prohibited Items

    • Hats or jackets, if needed for the weather, these items must be placed with the proctor;
    • sunglasses;
    • electronic equipment including cell phones, smart watches, pagers, two-way radios, all devices with a camera;
    • food or drinks;
    • study guides or notes, except for Municipal Solid Waste Class A & B guides and notes.

    Breaks

    There are NO lunch or restroom breaks allowed, except for “A” exams.

    Allowed Items

    • Non-programmable calculators;
    • government-issued photo and signature ID;
    • confirmation of exam registration;
    • failure or approval letters or approved application printout; and
    • only for Municipal Solid Waste Class A and Municipal Solid Waste Class B - study guides and notes.
  • If you have a disability and need special accommodations when you take an operational licensing exam, contact TCEQ at 512-239-6133 or licenses@tceq.texas.gov.

    Note: Do not register for your exam until you have been approved for your special accommodation request.

  • EXAMS AVAILABLE ON CBT as of May 2019 Time Limit
    BACKFLOW PREVENTION ASSEMBLY TESTER 3 HR
    CUSTOMER SERVICE INSPECTOR 3 HR
    GROUNDWATER OPERATOR CLASS B 3 HR
    GROUNDWATER OPERATOR CLASS C 3 HR
    LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION INSPECTOR 3 HR
    LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION TECHNICIAN 3 HR
    MUNCIPAL SOLID WASTE CLASS A 4 HR
    MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE CLASS B 2 HR
    OSSF DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE 3 HR
    OSSF MAINTENANCE PROVIDER 3 HR
    SURFACE WATER OPERATOR CLASS B 3 HR
    SURFACE WATER OPERATOR CLASS C 3 HR
    WASTEWATER OPERATOR CLASS B 3 HR
    WASTEWATER OPERATOR CLASS C 3 HR
    WASTEWATER OPERATOR CLASS D 3 HR
    WASTEWATER COLLECTION OPERATOR CLASS I 3 HR
    WASTEWATER COLLECTION OPERATOR CLASS II 3 HR
    WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATOR CLASS B 3 HR
    WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATOR CLASS C 3 HR
    WATER OPERATOR CLASS D 3 HR
    WATER TREATMENT SPECIALIST CLASS I 3 HR
    WATER TREATMENT SPECIALIST CLASS II 3 HR
    WATER TREATMENT SPECIALIST CLASS III 3 HR

     

  • To Test at Texas State University, San Marcos Campus

    The nearest visitor parking is in the Edward Gary Garage. The garage is located at 419 N. Edward Gary St., San Marcos, TX 78666. As you enter the garage take a ticket. After testing, you will pay at the unmanned kiosk with a credit or debit card before you leave the garage. The fee for parking varies by the amount of time you are using the garage, but usually, it is less than $12 per day.

    The TEMC Testing Lab in San Marcos is located on the ground floor, room G14, below the dining hall, in the Commons Dining Hall building. Enter from the east side of the building using the following directions.

    From the Edward Gary Parking Garage, walk north, uphill, along Edward Gary Street. After you pass Woods Street, the building on your immediate left will be Brazos Hall. Walk around Brazos Hall, just northwest of it, on your left, you’ll see the east side entrance to Commons Hall. Choose the left stairway to the door. Inside the building, you will see the TEMC office, G16, on your left. Ahead on the left wall is a sign, G14 Testing Lab and an arrow pointing left.

    To Test at Texas State University, Round Rock Campus

    Please visit the Testing Center, Round Rock location page for parking directions.