Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors - Rules and Regulations

Please know that neither the executive director nor staff may interpret statute or rules or assist an applicant or a licensee with an ethical dilemma — seek professional legal counsel or other professional consultation for these types of inquiries. Staff may not speak for the board nor predict how the board may act in any particular case, as per Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code,

§681.4 Transaction of Official Business (b) The board shall not be bound in any way by any statement or action on the part of any board or staff member except when a statement or action is pursuant to specific instructions of the board.

View the current rules on the Texas Secretary of State’s website:


The board’s current rules are always available and up-to-date on the Texas Secretary of State’s website for the Texas Administrative Code at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/index.shtml. The board’s rules are located in Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 681.

As a courtesy to the public, department staff creates a reformatted version of the rules, which is available as a word document and as a portable document format (PDF) file via the links below, and may be more easily searched than the rules available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Whenever a conflict exists between the staff’s reformatted version of the rules and those on the Texas Secretary of State’s website, the version on the Texas Secretary of State’s website is the correct version.

Current Rules, effective July 14, 2016:

The current rules were published in the Texas Register (41 TexReg 5057) on July 8, 2016, and became effective July 14, 2016.

Older Versions of the Rules

Download a copy of the rules, effective January 12, 2015:

To access documents in Adobe Acrobat format, you must download the Acrobat Reader software. Please see the DSHS file viewing page for more information and a link to the Adobe website. 

Last updated August 4, 2016