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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.


Level 1 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.


 

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  • Eligibility

  • Exam Information

    • 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.

      The Clerk Certification Exam and the Master Clerk Certification Exam are administered from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on the last day of each 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar. Test takers will then stay for the final general session of the seminar from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. There will be an optional post-test review following the end of the seminar.

      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 at lv13@txstate.edu 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

      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.   

      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.

    • 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

      We have postponed all in-office exams until further notice due to COVID-19.

      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 at lv13@txstate.edu 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.

    • 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.

  • Preparing for the Exam

    • Take a Legal Advice & Ethics class (if the participant has not taken such a class within the past three years).

      Complete a full 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar prior to taking an exam.

      Review 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.)

    • Take a Legal Advice & Ethics class (if the participant has not taken such a class within the past three years).

      Complete a full 16-Hour TJCTC Court Personnel Seminar prior to taking an exam.

      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.)

      Review the study guide 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.)

Study Guides

Note that there will be no review class at seminars this year. Be sure to spend lots of time with your Study Guide before arriving at school! 

Master Clerk Study Materials

Click here to download the 2019-2020 Master Clerk Study Guide

 

Level 1 Criminal Study Materials

FY20 Level 1 Certification Exam Study Guide - Criminal

FY20 Level 1 Certification Practice Exam - Criminal

FY20 Level 1 Certification Practice Exam - Criminal - KEY

 

Level 1 Civil Study Materials

FY20 Level 1 Certification Exam Study Guide - Civil

FY20 Level 1 Certification Practice Exam - Civil

FY20 Level 1 Certification Practice Exam - Civil- KEY

 

Legal Terms and Definitions

Legal Terms and Definitions