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Civil Process Proficiency Certification Exam

Beginning on December 1, 1999, TCOLE 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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  • Who is eligible?

    • You must have at least 3 years full time experience in a constable or sheriff's office working with civil process and also have successfully completed 40 hours of civil process training with at least 20 hours completed in the last training cycle. 

    • Yes. As of September 1, 2016, constable clerks who can meet all the TCOLE proficiency requirements may take the CPPC exam through TJCTC.

      The requirements are that constable clerks have at least 3 years full time experience in a constable or sheriff's office working with civil process and also have successfully completed 40 hours of civil process training with at least 20 hours completed in the last training cycle. 

    • First, you must register for the exam, either on-site during a TJCTC civil process seminar or by scheduling a time to take the exam at the TJCTC office in Austin. 

      After registering you will be require to pay the non-refundable registration fee of $15.00 for Constables and their personnel. 

      If you obtain a valid passing score on the examination for civil process proficiency certification as approved by the commission, then you will fill out the certification application and pay the associated fees to TCOLE.

      A PID # is required to submit the certification application. 

    • Yes. You must call TJCTC at 512-347-9927 to register. 

      The fee for sheriffs and their personnel is $20.00. 

  • Exam Information

    • Exams are scheduled to follow each 20-Hour Civil Process Seminars immediately following the wrap-up of the seminar. Please check-in with on-site staff by 11 a.m. Participants can register for the Civil Process Proficiency Exam on-site at the seminar.

      Click here to see Civil Process seminar dates and locations. 

      In addition, the exam is available at the TJCTC office. Email Laura Villarreal at lv13@txstate.edu to reserve a testing time at our office.

    • TJCTC charges a $15.00 administration fee for Constables and their personnel. Sheriffs and their personnel are $20.00.

    • Participants are allowed 60 minutes to complete an exam. 

      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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

TJCTC strongly encourages students to study for the exam using the materials below. 

Civil Proficiency Study Guide

Study Guide Questions and Answers

Do you have a civil process question you want answered before the exam? Contact our staff attorneys! You can post a question on our legal board or phone our on-call attorney at 512-347-9927.