The following button (link) will take you to the Council’s online licensing system where you can apply for a new license or renew an existing license.
Note: If you experience technical difficulties logging into or using the online licensing system, please check first the compatibility of your browser by reviewing the compatibility information located at the bottom of the online licensing system login page. If that does not resolve the issue, please contact the HPC Helpdesk for technical assistance.
If you need to set up an account in the online licensing system or need help navigating the system, please review the How To User Guides webpage (found in the right-hand menu) for assistance. If you are renewing a license and already have an online account set up, you may click on the above button to take you to the online licensing system.
Note: If you are renewing more than one license, you do not need to set up an account for each board (e.g., TSBEP, TSBSWE) you are licensed with, nor do you need to set up a new account if you previously had an account through HHSC or TSBEP.
Information Specific to Renewal of a License
Licensees are required to renew their license(s) on a biennial basis. At least 30 days in advance of their renewal date, licensees are mailed a reminder postcard to remind them that they need to renew their license. The postcards are sent to the licensee’s address of record. Failure to keep your address of record current may result in your not receiving the renewal reminder.
Licensees are required to renew each license held (both active and inactive licenses) online, and are encouraged to do so during normal business hours and well in advance of the deadline. This will ensure that licensees have access to agency staff to assist them should they encounter difficulties while renewing. It also serves to ensure that licensees have an opportunity to attempt renewal again in the event they encounter technical difficulties. A licensee who does not renew his or her license by the expiration date is subject to the late renewal fees set forth in the Council’s rules. Additionally, a delinquent license that is not renewed within 1 year of the expiration date will expire.
A license is eligible for renewal if:
1. The license is active or inactive and within 60 days of expiration.
2. The license has not been expired (i.e., delinquent) for more than one year.
3. You have obtained the the requisite continuing education hours.
4. You have completed a training course on human trafficking prevention approved by HHSC.
Each month, 5% percent of each license type eligible for renewal is randomly selected to undergo a CE hours audit. Licensees are notified of their selection and required to submit proof of the continuing education hours obtained in connection with their renewal. Licensees may also be selected for an audit due to an irregularity in complying with the continuing education requirements for a license held.
Renewal Requirements by License Type
All licensees are required to undergo an HHSC approved human trafficking prevention training course as a condition of renewal, in accordance with Chapter 116 of the Occupations Code. Approved training courses can be found on the Health Care Practitioner Human Trafficking Training webpage.
Licensees required to take the jurisprudence exam as a condition of renewal can find the registration link for the exam by clicking on the corresponding board above.
Additionally, when renewing a license, licensees must provide or update the standardized set of information about their training and practice (i.e., the minimum data set) required by §105.003 of the Health and Safety Code.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapy
Licensed marriage and family therapists are required to obtain a minimum of 30 clock hours of continuing education during each renewal period they hold a license.
Licensed marriage and family therapist associates are required to complete a minimum of 15 clock hours of continuing education during each renewal period they hold a license.
At least 6 of the hours obtained must be in the area of ethics, with another 3 hours in the area of cultural diversity and competency. These hours may be counted toward the total number of hours required.
To maintain supervisory status, a supervisor must successfully complete a minimum of 3 hours of clinical supervision continuing education each renewal period and pass the jurisprudence examination.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
LPCs are required to obtain a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education during each renewal period they hold a license. At least 4 of these hours must be in ethics, with 2 of those hours being directly related to Texas ethics.
LPCs who choose to take the jurisprudence examination during a renewal period may claim 1 hour of ethics credit for passing the examination.
An LPC-S must complete 6 additional hours of continuing education in supervision during his or her renewal period to maintain supervisory status.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
Licensed psychologists, psychological associates, and specialists in school psychology are required to obtain a minimum of 40 hours of professional development during each renewal period they hold a license. At least half of these hours must be obtained from or endorsed by an approved provider.
At least 6 of these hours must be in the area(s) of ethics, rules, or professional responsibility, with another 6 hours in the area of cultural diversity. These hours may be counted toward the total number of hours required.
Areas of cultural diversity include, but are not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and social economic status.
Licensed psychologists must also update their online profile information when renewing their license. Online profiles can be updated or changed by clicking here.
NOTE: A licensee must turn 70 on or before August 31, 2020 in order to qualify for reduced renewal fees. Licensees who turn 70 years of age on or after September 1, 2020 will no longer qualify for reduced renewal fees.
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
Licensed social workers (e.g., LBSW, LMSW, LCSW) are required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education during each renewal period they hold a license.
At least 6 of the hours obtained must be in the area of professional ethics and social work values, 3 hours in cultural diversity and competency, and for supervisors, at least 6 of the hours must be in the area of supervision theory, skills, strategies, or evaluation. These hours may be counted toward the total number of hours required.
NOTE: Licensees who hold a license with emeritus status as September 1, 2020 may keep the emeritus status as long as the licensee does not 1)return to full- or part-time paid employment or 2)return the license to active status. Once a license with emeritus status expires or the status is changed from emeritus, the emeritus status cannot be reinstated. No renewal fees are charged, and no continuing education is required for a license with emeritus status, but the license must be renewed through the Council’s online renewal system on a biennial basis.