The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) issues licenses to peace officers, county jailers, telecommunicators and certificates in other fields. In each case, an applicant must meet certain training and examination standards prior to licensing. The licensing/certificate examination follows required training or its equivalent, and each is an independent licensing requirement.
The licensing exam for peace officers became effective September 1, 1983. At that time, the Commission began administering exams on-site. In 1985, the Commission opened exam centers in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio; and travel to administer exams on-site began on a reimbursement basis. In 1997, the Commission closed the exam centers and recalled personnel to Austin Headquarters. To further expand the effectiveness and efficiency of administering licensing examinations, the Commission entered into agreement with certain colleges and universities to establish examination sites, and allow authorized persons affiliated with those colleges and universities to administer licensing exams as prescribed by Commission rules.
Exam sites are established based on geographic area workload as determined by Commission personnel. Agreement contracts are maintained to assure responsibility for exam material and a quality examination program.
For additional information, please visit www.tcole.texas.gov.