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Civil Process Proficiency Certification Exam

Beginning on December 1, 1999, TCOLE (formerly TCLEOSE) created the Civil Process Proficiency Certification. Since the Texas Justice Court Training Center was instrumental in the formulation of the Certification, TCOLE asked us to administer the exam. Read below to find out detailed information about the CPPC exam. 

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Eligibility Requirements

As of September 1, 2016, Constable clerks who can meet all the TCOLE proficiency requirements may take the CPPC exam through TJCTC. See requirements 1-3 below. 

To qualify for the certification, the applicant must:

1) Have at least 3 years full time experience in a constable or sheriff's office working with civil process; 

2) Have successfully completed 40 hours of civil process training with at least 20 hours completed in the last training cycle;  

3) Obtain a valid passing score on the examination for civil process proficiency certification as approved by the commission; 

4) Have a PID #

5) Complete the application;

6) Pay associated fees.

To qualify to sit for the exam, the applicant must:

1) Meet qualifications 1-2 listed above;

2) Register online for your desired exam date at least 2 weeks prior to the date or register on-site during the seminar you are attending.

3) After registering print out your invoice and send it in along with the non-refundable registration fee: Constables and their personnel are $15.00; Sheriff's and their personnel are $20.00. Sheriff's personnel must call TJCTC (512) 347-9927 to be entered in our database prior to registering.


Exam Sites

Exam Sites: Exams are scheduled to follow each 20-Hour Civil Process Seminar during the 2016-2017 academic year immediately following the wrap-up of the seminar. Please check-in with on-site staff by 11 a.m. In addition, the exam is available at the TJCTC office in Austin four times per year. Applicants must call and schedule an appointment between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Exam Policies

Registration:

Participants can register for the Civil Process Proficiency Exam through the TJCTC online registration system when registering for a TJCTC Civil Process Seminar. Participants may also register on-site at the seminar.

Costs:

TJCTC charges a $15.00 administration fee for Constables and their personnel. Sheriff's and their personnel are $20.00.

Exam Time:

Participants are allowed 60 minutes to complete an exam. TJCTC encourages participants to manage their exam time carefully in order to answer all questions of the exam.

Exam Format:

The CPPC exam is 50 questions long and consists of multiple choice questions. It is a comprehensive exam that covers all topics of the service of civil process. i.e. Citations, Evictions, Writs, Executions.

Exam Results:

To pass the exam, participants must correctly answer at least 35 questions. Exam results will be presented on-site upon completion of the exam.

Certification:

Successful participants will be given a Civil Process Proficiency Certificate Application that has been signed, dated, and stamped PASSED by TJCTC. It is the responsibility of the participant to fill out the application, secure the appropriate signatures and mail to TCOLE with a cashier’s check or money order for $35.00. TCOLE will verify that all qualifications have been met and if so, will send the applicant their Civil Process Proficiency Certificate.


Recommendations

In order to achieve a successful testing result, TJCTC strongly encourages participants to take the steps listed below.

  1. Review the requirements to receive the CPPC certification.
  2. Complete a full Civil Process Seminar prior to taking an exam.
  3. Download and review the comprehensive Study Guide available for each exam type.  (The Study Guide requires the participant to perform research and study the results of that research.  This process will require a substantial time commitment and should be undertaken weeks or months prior to an examination.  Do NOT arrive at a Civil Process Seminar expecting to perform a sufficient amount of studying at the seminar to pass.)

Certification: 

Successful participants will be given a Civil Process Proficiency Certificate Application that has been signed, dated, and stamped PASSED by TJCTC. It is the responsibility of the participant to fill out the application, secure the appropriate signatures and mail to TCOLE with a cashier’s check or money order for $35.00. TCOLE will verify that all qualifications have been met and if so, will send the applicant their Civil Process Proficiency Certificate.


Re-examination Policy

Requirement:

A participant can take the exam 3 times before you must re-qualify. Re-qualifying means you need to take 40 hours of Civil Process with at least 20 hours within the last training cycle.


Study Guides

Civil Proficiency Study Guide 2016-2017

Study Guide Questions 2016-2017

Study Guide Questions and Answers