Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Lamar Institute of Technology is now a site for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) computer-based testing for Occupational Licensing examinations. The TCEQ strives to protect our state's human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. TCEQ’s goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. The Permitting and Registration Support Division’s Operator Licensing Section oversees ten occupational licensing programs and maintains approximately 50,000 licenses. Licensing of these individuals ensures minimum competency in occupations directly affecting public health and the environment.

All licensing applicants must be pre-approved by the TCEQ before applicants are eligible to take a CBT. Once approved, the applicant will be eligible to attempt a total of 4 tests during a one-year approval period (first initial test plus up to three retests). Only eligible tests for that individual will be available for them to take. The CBT application will not allow an individual access to a licensing test if he/she is not eligible to retest. Candidates are allowed to immediately retest after failing the first three of four tests during his/her one year approval period. Sufficient time should be scheduled for the immediate retest if the candidate indicates they want to take advantage of this option.
List of Exams:
  • Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) - written portion
  • Customer Service Inspector
  • Municipal Solid Waste
    • Class A Municipal Solid Waste
    • Class B Municipal Solid Waste
  • Landscape Irrigation
    • Landscape Irrigation Inspector
    • Landscape Irrigation Technician (English Only)
  • On-site Sewage Facility (OSSF)
    • OSSF Maintenance Provider
    • OSSF Designated Representative
  • Wastewater Treatment and Collection System Operators
    • Class I Wastewater Collection System Operator
    • Class 2 Wastewater Collection System Operator
    • Class B Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator
    • Class C Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator
    • Class D Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator
  • Water Treatment and Distribution System Operators
    • Class B Groundwater Operator
    • Class B Surface Water Operator
    • Class B Water Distribution
    • Class C Groundwater Operator
    • Class C Surface Water Operator
    • Class C Water Distribution Operator
    • Class D Water Operator
  • Water Treatment Specialists
    • Class III
    • Class II
    • Class I

Each of the exams above have a 3 hour time limit, except.
  • Municipal Solid Waste Operator Class A – 4 hour time limit
  • Municipal Solid Waste Operator Class B – 2 hour time limit
For more information, visit https://www.tceq.texas.gov/licensing/exams/registration. To make an appointment, please call the Testing Center at 409-880-8687.  LIT charges a sitting fee of $25.00. Testing is located in the Eagles' Nest Building Room 115.