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Clerk Certification Program

The Justice Court Clerk Certification Program allows experienced justice court clerks to demonstrate their knowledge of statutes, procedures, and ethical guidelines applicable to Texas justice courts. Justice court clerks who pass an examination receive certification as a Certified Clerk or a Master Certified Clerk. The Texas Justice Court Training Center creates and administers all exams.


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Eligibility Requirements

Employment

Participants must be employed by a justice court in order to take an exam.

Education

Participants must provide proof that they have attended or are currently attending a 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar in order to take an exam.


Exam Descriptions

Clerk Certification Exam

This exam is designed to test a justice court clerk's courtroom knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge to specific situations/cases. Clerks taking the Clerk Certification Exam will have the opportunity to select between the criminal or civil exam. Participants only need to pass one type of the Clerk Certification Exam in order to become a Certified Clerk. Additionally, participants only need to pass one type of Clerk Certification Exam to qualify to take the Master Certification exam.

Master Clerk Certification Exam

Master Clerk Certification distinguishes clerks who are well-rounded and experienced in both substantive and procedural law (civil and criminal). Master Clerks are able to utilize their thorough knowledge of laws, resources, and ethical guidelines applicable to the justice court to assist justices of the peace and instruct new justice court clerks.


Exam Policies

Registration

Participants can register for the Clerk Certification Exam and Master Clerk Certification Exam through the TJCTC online registration system when registering for a 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar. Participants may also register on-site at the seminar.

Costs

TJCTC charges a $15.00 administration fee for all exams. Participants must pay the examination fee by providing a check or money order payable to "Texas State University" at the exam site. Exam fees cannot be refunded after the participant begins the exam.

Examination Schedule

The Clerk Certification Exam and the Master Clerk Certification Exam are administered from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the last day of each 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar. The four-hour session includes a review with the instructor, time to complete the exam, and a post-exam review.

In-Office Examinations

Testing outside a 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar is available on an appointment-only basis. To set up an appointment, please contact Laura Villarreal, the Registrar, at least 3 business days before the preferred testing date. In-office examination dates and times are based on staff availability and TJCTC cannot guarantee that requests to take an exam on a specific date or time will be fulfilled.  The Training Center will not reimburse expenses incurred by those who travel to an in-office examination. Free parking is available at the TJCTC office.

Exam Time

Participants are allowed 75 minutes to complete an exam. TJCTC encourages participants to manage their exam time carefully in order to answer all questions and sections of the exam.

Exam Policies

Participants are expected to:

1.        Pay the $15.00 exam administration fee prior to entering the exam room;

2.        Remain in the exam room until they have completed the exam;

3.        Refrain from talking during the exam;

4.        Silence all phones and other electronic devices; and

5.        Place notes and study guides in a location where they cannot be accessed during the exam.

Exam Format

The Clerk Certification Exam is 50 questions long and consists of multiple choice questions. The Master Clerk Certification Exam is 80 questions long and consists of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.   

Exam Results

To pass the Clerk Certification Exam, participants must correctly answer at least 35 questions. To pass the Master Clerk Certification Exam, participants must correctly answer at least 56 questions. Exam results will be presented on-site upon completion of the exam.

Feedback

At the conclusion of the exam, examinees will have the opportunity to complete an Exam Survey. The Exam Survey is a way for participants to give TJCTC feedback regarding the administration, supervision or any other matter related to the exam. For any additional feedback, feel free to contact Jennifer Morales, Court Personnel Program Administrator, at (512) 347-9927.


Recommendations

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

  1. Take a Legal Advice & Ethics class (if the participant has not taken such a class within the past three years).
  2. Complete a full 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar prior to taking an exam.
  3. Attend the Clerk Certification Review Class on the first day of a 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar.
  4. If taking the Master Clerk Certification Exam, ensure you have developed thorough knowledge of substantive and procedural law in both criminal and civil areas. (Developing this level of knowledge requires a substantial amount of experience and studying.)
  5. 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 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar expecting to perform a sufficient amount of studying at the seminar to pass.)

Certification

Successful participants will receive a certificate from TJCTC. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks from the date of the exam for TJCTC to mail the certificate.  It is the responsibility of the participant to notify TJCTC of any address or email changes by going online to your Student Profile, logging in, and clicking on the “View and Edit Student Information” link.


Re-examination Policy

Requirement

A participant must wait 30 days after the date of the prior exam before retaking a Clerk Certification Exam or Master Clerk Certification Exam.

In-Office Re-examination

Testing outside a 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar is available on an appointment-only basis and is open to any participant who wishes to retest. To set up an appointment, please contact Laura Villarreal, the Registrar, at least 3 business days before the preferred testing date. In-office examination dates and times are based on staff availability and TJCTC cannot guarantee that requests to take an exam on a specific date or time will be fulfilled.  The Training Center will not reimburse expenses incurred by those who travel to an in-office examination. Free parking is available at the TJCTC office.

Cost

TJCTC charges a $15.00 administration fee for all exams, including re-examinations. Participants must pay the examination fee by providing a check or money order payable to “Texas State University” at the exam site. Exam fees cannot be refunded after the participant begins the exam.


Study Guides

2016-2017 Clerk Certification Study Guide- Criminal

2015-2016 Glossary 

2016-2017 Clerk Certification Study Guide- Civil

2016-2017 Master Clerk Study Guide


Congratulations!

Below are a list of newly certified clerks. Thank you for all your hard work.

Level I Civil Exam

Chrissy Cox - San Jacinto County
Regina Fogarty - Kaufman County
Keisha Jackson - Fort Worth County
Lorena Navarro - El Paso County
Olga Orozco - El Paso County
Tabitha Seay - Brown County
Deborah Barron- El Paso County
Roxanne Chavez- El Paso County
Pepsie Frish- Johnson County
Daniel Gonzales- Hays County
Melisa Lomas- Bexar County
Christina Martinez-Travis County
NyKeitha Melonson- Harris County
Lindsay Ruppert- Lavaca County
Norma Zarzoza- Angelina County
Lowmathee Liposchak- Fort Bend County
Elora Canales- Denton County
Rocio Garcia- Tarrant County
Mirtala Garza-Fort Bend County
Amanda Gutierrez- El Paso County

Nancy Chavez- Bell County
Sherri French- Fort Bend County
Jacqueline Garcia- Fort Bend County
Angie Ibarra- Waller County
Janice James- Fort Bend County
Noemi Hart- Harris County
Paula Moody- Hockley County
Lacey Paladino- Brazoria County
Monique Surian- Fort Bend County
Melissa Wagner- Lee County
K
arla Moreno- Travis County
Sharon Patterson- Polk County
Natasha Perez- Denton County
Crystal Rios- Ector County
Joan Arrendell- San Jacinto County
Rahegyn Franke- Schleicher County
Catalina Mainheit- Fort Bend County
Patricia Martinez- Harris County
Manetta Toh- Denton County
Jo Williams- Leon County
Kacey Wymack- Fort Bend County

 

Level I Criminal Exam

Ashley Akridge- Nacogdoches County
Glenna Brockett - Grayson County
Celia Bryand - Martin County
Randi Bullock - Taylor County
Mayosha Dotson - Walker County
Kimberly Fuller - Smith County
Elizabeth Guillen - Harris County
Catie Hawkins - Bowie County
Gelsomina Looper - Johnson County
Maria Olivas - Hale County
Julie Parker - Parker County
Jeanie Paulton - Montgomery County
Sarina Ramirez - El Paso County
Sara Salinas - Lampasas County
Linda Simpson - Tom Green County
Amanda Smead - Midland County
Fadillas Sos - Nacogdoches County
Janet Taylor - Grayson County
Candace Tolliver - Montgomery County
Chloe Cofty- Williamson County
Estella Craven- Howard County
Ann Daugherty- Tom Green County
Jacqueline Flores- Val Verde County
Anette Foster- Rains County
Linda Garcia- Brazoria County
Allan Gonzalez- Travis County
Arlene Gonzalez- El Paso County
Briana Mendez- Fort Bend County
Araceli Molinar- El Paso County
Holly Picha- Wise County
Brandy Qualls- Parker County
Tara Rhyne-Harris- Brazoria County
Chriselda Shaver- Atascosa County
Amparo Valenzuela- Reeves County
Sharon Varner- Bandera County
Susanna Clem- Wood County
Melissa Nieto- Kendall County
Estrellita Pichardo- Harris County
Kristi Shafer- Galveston County

Amy Alvarado- Brazoria County
Monica A. Alvarado- Bexar County
Stacy Arnett- Parker County
Kyndole Bennett- Brazoria County
Larkisha Clayton- Jefferson County
Donna Durr- Polk County
Laura Green-Travis County
Erin Kreidler- Brazoria County
Sarah Linder- Brazoria County
Adriana Medina- Brazoria County
Analisa Reyes-Serrano-Travis County
Dena Robins-Harris County
Bridget Shaw- Brazoria County
Mia Stroope- Brown County
Linda F. Taylor-Walker County
Julie Womack- Brazoria County
Senaida G. Ybanez- Nueces County

Debbie Bueno- Matagorda County
Kimberly Busbee- Travis County
Gina Cluck- Travis County
Yesenia Flores- Kaufman County
Cathy Fritz- Washington County
Valerie Garcia- Travis County
Teresa Jones- Rusk County
Debbie Montgomery- Milam County
Melissa Pena- Matagorda County
Julissa Romero- Travis County
Lakisha N Slaughter- McLennan County
Sandy Turner- Milam County
Cindy Woodard- Nacogdoches County
Jorge Cardenas- Travis County
Febe Franqui- Fort Bend County
Sondra Gajevsky- Brazoria County
Janeitha Hurley- Navarro County
Leslie Jackson- Brazoria County
Karlie LeBlanc- Walker County
Naomi Lopez- Atascosa County
Britani Mouton- Harris County
Sheila Parker- Robertson County
Leandra Quick- Bandera County
Dannica Quintana- Atascosa County
Daniela Ramirez- Brazoria County
Sharon Riemer- Waller County
Jennifer Velasquez- Dallas County
Tiffany Warner- Refugio County

Master Clerk Exam

Candice Felan - McLennan County
Nanthakone Ortiz - Tarrant County
Lisa Rayburn - Johnson County
Daisy Espinoza- Tarrant County
Veronica Perez- McLennan County
Janis Phillips- Brazoria County
Megan Pounds- Brazoria County
Ashley Garza- Atascosa County
Leticia Garcia- Bexar County
Shawna Joiner- Taylor County
Amanda LaFerney- Aransas County
Jennifer Salaiz- Duval County

Greta C. Jordan- Navarro County
Brook Aldridge- Brazoria County
Misty Foster- Tarrant County
Imelda Placido- Atascosa County
Shonda Powell- Collin County

Cari McCurry- Lamb County
Jeanette Almaraz- Tarrant County
Monica Carmona- El Paso County
Gloria Larriviere- Tarrant County
Kristin Sanders- Cherokee County