Licensed Child-Care or Licensed Child Placing Administrator

To be eligible for a Child-Care Administrator License OR Child-Placing Agency Administrator License, you must:

  1. Submit three professional references from individuals who can attest to your work experience and competence as a child-care administrator, or child-placing agency administrator if you are applying for a child-placing agency administrator license. Forms are included in the application packet for use by your references.  Only original, handwritten references will be accepted. Do not use white out.
  2. Submit evidence of at least one year of management/supervisory experience in a residential child care setting, or a licensed child-placing agency if you are applying for a child-placing agency administrator license. To fulfill the requirement for one year of experience in management and supervision of personnel and programs, you must substantiate through an employer reference that you have:
    1. Completed the experience within the last 10 years,
    2. Completed the experience at a residential child-care setting, or a licensed child-placing agency if you are applying for a child-placing agency administrator license,
    3. Shared responsibility for implementing the operation’s program(s), and
    4. Supervised at least one member of the child care staff, or child-placing staff if you are applying for a child-placing agency administrator license.

Verification of this managerial experience must be provided by a present or former supervisor on one of the reference forms. 

Under no circumstances does child-placing agency experience count toward meeting this requirement if you are applying for a Child-Care Administrator License, nor does institutional experience count toward meeting this requirement if you are applying for a Child-Placing Agency Administrator License.  Experience as a foster parent or caregiver in a foster home counts toward neither license.

  1. Submit evidence of one of the following education and experience qualifications:
              A. Master's or Doctoral Degree
              B. Bachelor's Degree and at least two years of full-time child care or related work experience.
    You must submit an original, official transcript or original letter of verification from the appropriate educational institution to verify your education.  All applicable work experience must be documented on the application form.
  2. Pass criminal background and abuse/neglect central registry checks conducted by the Commission and submit the required criminal history affidavit.
  3. Pass an examination.

Examination

The exam is multiple choice and includes questions covering the following topics:

  • Current minimum standards
  • Resource development and fiscal management
  • Professional ethics in administration
  • Personnel management
  • Child development
  • Child psychology (basics regarding abused and neglected children in residential care)
  • Program development
  • Client rights
  • Professional legal liabilities
  • Cultural competencies

The only study guide available for the exam is the current minimum standards, which are accessible via our web site.

Applying for Both Licenses

If you intend to apply for both licenses, you will be required to submit a separate application form and pay the appropriate fees for each license, you must meet the minimum qualifications for each license, and you must pass each of the separate exams.

All required documents must be received before the application can be processed and approved or denied

CONSIDERATIONS FOR AN APPLICANT WHO IS A MILITARY MEMBER, MILITARY VETERAN, OR MILITARY SPOUSE

Chapter 55 of the Occupations Code requires CCL to:

  • waive an applicant's examination and application fees paid to the state for an administrator's license for a military member, military veteran, or military spouse:
    • whose military service, training, or education generally meets all of the requirements for the license; or
    • who presently holds a license in another jurisdiction with requirements that are "substantially equivalent" to those in Texas;
  • provide a military member, military veteran, or military spouse an expedited licensing application and renewal process for an administrator's license.
  • provide a military member or military veteran an alternative licensing application process for an administrator's license;
  • exempt military members, including those living in Texas, from a penalty for failing to renew a license in a timely manner because the individual was serving as a military member; and
  • give military members two additional years of time to complete the renewal requirements for an administrator's license.

Forms