Paths to certification


TCCA partnered with TMCEC (Texas Municipal Courts Education Center), TMCA (Texas Municipal Courts Association), and Texas State University, to create an educational development program in 1996. The Municipal Court Clerk Certification Program was established to provide professional development and educational growth to Court Staff in Municipal and Justice Courts.

The program is comprised of three levels. Participants achieve certification upon successful completion of each of the three levels:

Certified Court Clerk Level I (CCCI)

Certified Court Clerk Level II (CCCII)

Certified Municipal Court Clerk (Level III) 

A Brief Overview of Certification at Each Level

Level I (CCCI)

  • Study the Level I Study Guide
  • Complete a 32-hour New Clerks Seminar
  • Complete 40 hours of approved education within 3 years (including New Clerk Seminar)
  • Attend Level I Prep Session (optional but highly recommended)
  • Take and pass the Level I exam
  • Submit application for certification

Level II (CCCII)

  • Must be Level I certified in good standing
  • Study the Level II Study Guide
  • Complete 40 hours of approved education within 3 years
  • Attend Level II Prep Session (optional by highly recommended)
  • Take and pass the Level II exam
  • Submit application for certification

Level III (CMCC)

  • Read and study books on the Level III Book list
  • Pass all parts of the Level III exam
  • Complete a Level III Assessment Clinic
  • Attend a Court Administrator Seminar
  • Complete 28 hours of continuing education
  • Read the Journal and Observation Planning Guide
  • Create a list of courts to visit for observation
  • Complete a Professional Journal
  • Submit Professional Journal for grading
  • Submit application for certification

Level I and Level II Resources

Level III Resources

Exam Costs

Effective January 1, 2019

$75 for Level I members

$150 for Level I non-members


$25 per section for Level II members

$50 per section for Level II non-members


$25 per section for Level III members

$50 per section for Level III non-members


Becoming Certified

You are not certified until you complete the application requirements at each level.  A passing exam grade does not mean you are certified.  

Your Level I or Level II test will expire if not used in the application process within 3 years of the test date.

Your Level III test will expire if not used in the application process within 5 years of the test date.

Once your application has been submitted and approved, you will receive a certificate by mail from TCCA.  Upon receipt of the certificate, you may place the designation of CCCI, CCCII or CMCC following your name.

Maintaining Certification

Twelve (12) hours of education are required each academic year for Level I and Level II certified clerks to maintain your certification. 

Twenty (20) hours of education are required each academic year for Level III certified clerks to maintain your certification.

The academic year begins September 1st  and ends August 31st.

Scholarships

The Texas Court Clerks Association as well as local chapters offer scholarships to TCCA members.  These scholarships help cover some of the costs associated with achieving and/or maintaining certification.  

For more information, please visit the Scholarships page. 

This page is available to TCCA members only who are logged into the website.

Need Another Copy of Your Certificate?

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Level I or Level II Certificate Reprint ($5.00)

Level III Certificate Reproduction ($40.00)

Level III Certificate Reproduction MOUNTED ($70.00)

Certification Stats

End of Year Reports

As of December 31, 2021, the following number of clerks were certified at each level.

Level I (CCCI) - 607

Level II (CCCII) - 617

Level III (CMCC) - 127



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