Testing


Participants must pass a 3 part exam at each level of certification.  Exam sites are offered by TMCEC, TCCA and TMCA many times through out the academic year.  You must register for the exam in advance.  Certification Exam Registration forms may not be completed online.  

Click here for TEST REGISTRATION FORM and exam dates. Complete this registration form with payment and mail, email or fax to TMCEC.

Exam Fees

TCCA or TMCA members in good standing receive a discounted exam fee of $75.00.  

The exam fee for Non-members is $150. Level II and III exams are available for testing in parts, for a fee of $25 per part for members and $50 per part for non- members. 

FACILITATED STUDY SESSIONS

TMCEC in cooperation with TCCA offer study session with experienced faculty who use a variety of materials to enhance your learning experience.  They are offered throughout the academic year at TMCEC regional programs and TCCA events across the state.  These sessions are provided at no cost but you must register in advance.  Each Study Session will qualify as 4 hours of continuing education.  Participants are required to attend the session for the entire 4 hours to receive the education credit. You may attend more than 1 study session.  

As you prepare for testing please review these study tips


Level 1

This test must be taken and passed with a score of 70 or above.  It may NOT be take in individual parts.  Exam questions for Level 1 are comprised from the Level 1 Study Guide, which can be located under "Resources" at the top of the home page.  The exam is presented in a multiple-choice and true-false format.  

The parts of Level 1 exam are broken into the following topics:

Exam Part A

  • An Overview of the Courts
  • Role of the Clerk
  • Court Ethics

Exam Part B

  • Charging and PreTrial
  • Trial Processes and Procedures
  • Post-Trial Processes

Exam Part C

  • State and City Reports
  • Traffic Law
  • Communications and Stress Management

Level 2

This test must be taken and passed with a score of 70 or above on each individual part.  If a single part is failed, it MAY be retaken as an individual part.  Exam questions for Level 2 are comprised from the Level 2 Study Guide, which can be located under "Resources" at the top of the home page.  The exam is presented in a multiple-choice and true-false format.  

 

The parts of Level 2 are broken into the following topics:

Exam Part A

  • Equal Justice Under the Law
  • Overview of Processing Cases
  • Legal Research

Exam Part B

  • Code of Criminal Procedure & Penal Code
  • Bond Forfeitures
  • Court Technology

Exam Part C

  • Children & Minors
  • Financial Management
  • Records & Caseflow Management

Level 3 - Certified Municipal Court Clerk - CMCC

Level 3 is the final level of certification.  This level of certification requires the participant to read and study independently 16 books that cover topics which have been selected to enhance a participants management and administration skill set.  It is a professional level education program intended to build and broaden the skill set of a Municipal Court Clerk.  

You may purchase the required program books at your own expense or participate in the TMCEC Book Loan program.  Click this link to review the rules and forms required to obtain a loaner set .

TMCEC has provided a general list of sample study questions to be used during preparation for your Level 3 testing.  

This test is also in 3 parts.  You may register and pay for each exam part individually.  Each part must be passed with a score of 70 or above.  

The following topics are emphasized during this final portion of certification:

  • Leadership
  • Supervision
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Diversity
  • Planning
  • Office Management
  • Caseflow Management
  • Financial Management
  • Court Security

Exam Expiration & Filing Deadlines

  • Level 1 & Level 2 exams expire 3 years after the testing date
  • Applications for Level 1 & Level 2 must be filed before the 3rd year

 

  • Level 3 exams expire 5 years after the testing date
  • Application for Level 3 must be filed before the 5th year