Pursuant to Texas Senate Bill 202 thirteen licensing programs where transferred to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). As of November 1, 2017, the second and final phase of SB 202 was implemented, transferring the final six programs to TDLR.
The six programs now under TDLR management and regulation are: Code Enforcement Officers, Laser Hair Removal, Massage Therapy, Mold Assessors and Remediators, Offender Education Programs, and Sanitarians. Three of these programs, Code Enforcement Officers, Massage Therapy, and Sanitarians, have new advisory boards at the TDLR.
Most of the existing DSHS rules for these six programs have been adopted by the TDLR Commission; however, there are a few changes, including some fee reductions. New rules are available on the TDLR website here.
The following are just a few changes made to the six programs now under the TDLR:
Code Enforcement Officers and Sanitarians
- The examination process for code enforcement officers and sanitarians has changed to facilitate exam administration by TDLR’s exam contractor, PSI.
- TDLR administers computer-based written exams through its third-party vendor, PSI, at various locations around Texas. A candidate information bulletin (CIB) including the exam sites and scheduling information is posted on TDLR’s web site.
Laser Hair Removal
- Licensing and renewals for laser hair removal individuals, facilities, and training programs has been transferred to TDLR.
- The regulation of laser devices remains with the DSHS Radiation Control Program.
- Massage therapy establishment inspections will be conducted regularly by TDLR Field Operations regional inspectors.
- Massage school and offender education program inspections will be performed by TDLR’s Education and Examination staff.
Mold Assessors & Remediators
- TDLR has expanded the online functionality for the mold assessors and remediators program.
- Online mold project notifications have replaced the previous DSHS paper forms.
- Mold remediation workers will receive a temporary license immediately upon completing the online application, enabling applicants to work while their full license applications, including TDLR’s criminal history checks, are being processed.
Complaints against licensees of any of these six programs filed with DSHS that were not resolved prior to the transfer to TDLR will be handled by TDLR for resolution. If a complaint was pending against you, then you should have received notice by mail that it was transferred to TDLR.
Moving forward, TDLR Enforcement staff will receive and process complaints against Code Enforcement Officers, Laser Hair Removal, Massage Therapy, Mold Assessors and Remediators, Offender Education Programs, and Sanitarians.
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