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TCEQ Regulations

For current Water Treatment Specialist License Information, see TCEQ Website.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) promulgated new and revised rules on September 27, 2007, which affect many licensing programs. Please review the URL below to become acquainted with the newly adopted Chapter 30 rules for Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 30, Subchapter H: Water Treatment Specialists, Rules 30.261 - 30.279.

In accordance with state law, Texas Water Code Chapter 37, and Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1904.052, any individual who installs and services fixed or portable equipment in public or private systems in the State of Texas for the analysis and treatment of potable water to alter or purify the water or to add or remove a mineral, chemical, or bacterial content must be a Licensed Water Treatment Specialist.

Water Treatment Specialist License Information
Water Treatment Specialist License Type & Level Validity Period Application Fee Education for Renewal Experience Required Training Credit Exam Required Continuing Education for Renewal
Class I Water Treatment Specialist 3 Years $111.00 None None None Yes 12 Hours
Class II Water Treatment Specialist 3 Years $111.00 Less than High School Diploma 3 Years Basic Water Conditioning Course Yes 12 Hours
High School Diploma or GED 2 Years
1 Year of College 1 Year
Class III Water Treatment Specialist 3 Years $111.00 High School Diploma or GED 1 to 3 years depending upon the amount and type or education or training completed Basic Water Conditioning Course Yes 12 Hours
2 Years of College
Bachelor's Degree*
* Only college degrees in an engineering discipline eligible for registration as a professional engineer in Texas. Degrees with a major in chemistry, biology, bacteriology, or an approved similar discipline are acceptable on a case by case basis.

The Water Treatment Specialist licensing program is located on the 2nd floor in Building A of the TCEQ Complex, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753. Examinations are offered the second Monday of each month in Austin and once per month in all TCEQ Regional Offices.

Examinations are offered the second Monday of each month in Austin and once per month in all TCEQ Regional Offices. Call the TCEQ Regional office nearest you to confirm their monthly testing day.

How do I renew my license?
To renew your Water Treatment Specialist license, You will be mailed a renewal notification to the last known address on file at least 60 days before your license expires. This notification will give you instructions for renewing your license using the Texas Online license renewal process. You must also complete the required continuing education credit hours or pass the required examination. Continuing education credits applied toward renewal may also be applied toward obtaining higher grades of licensing.

If you are unable to renew on-line, please contact our office immediately to receive a printed renewal application. You can contact the TCEQ Licensing Section at licenses@tceq.state.tx.us or phone Barbara Luther at (512) 239-3615. Please be sure to include your full name and license number with your request. Remember it is your responsibility to timely submit a renewal application.

The Water Treatment Specialist program can provide you with: license applications, instructions, and general information; training, licensing, and renewal records; examination schedules; training course and provider lists; licensing verification letters; and Licensed Water Treatment Specialist Lists. Remember to notify TCEQ of any address change to ensure your timely receipt of renewal notices, training records, and licenses.

For more information regarding licensing, please contact the Water Treatment Specialist licensing program at (512)239-6133.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IS IT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING THE MATERIALS REQUIRED TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE TRAINING COURSE AND EXAM. MATERIALS NEEDED: A CALCULATOR, A PEN, A #2 PENCIL FOR THE EXAM, AND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER MADE PAYABLE TO TCEQ FOR THE EXAM.