Sanitarians

Registered sanitarians are public health professionals qualified by specific education, specialized training, and field experience to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public from adverse environmental determinants.

A person may not claim to be a registered sanitarian or use the title "sanitarian" unless the person holds a current registration issued by TDLR.


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Continuing Education Requirements

HB 1560, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, amended Occupations Code §1953.106 under the Sanitarians statute, and transferred authority regarding the continuing education requirements to TDLR’s enabling statute, Chapter 51 of the Texas Occupations Code.

Please note that no changes were made, and Sanitarians program licensees are still required to obtain continuing education (CE) credits as specified in the program rules.

Notice of Intent to Review Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Sanitarians program rules located at Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 119 for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. This rule review is required every four years.

The Notice of Intent to Review was published in the Texas Register on September 3, 2021 (46 TexReg 5597), as part of a combined notice with several other rule chapters undergoing simultaneous review. The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

  • Is it obsolete?
  • Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
  • Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Sanitarians program, under Chapter 119, to review the Notice of Intent to Review and the current chapter rules.

Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules (select the appropriate chapter name for your comment).

Deadline to submit comments—October 4, 2021.

On The Level - January 2021 Edition

Articles in the January 2021 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • New Texas Licensing System Coming Soon
  • Can You Apply Or Renew Online? If You Can, You Should
  • Update on Boiler Rules
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Outreach
  • Escalator Safety: Pay Attention Every Ride

On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.

COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived

TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)

Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

TDLR Health Monitor - January 2020 Edition

Articles in this January 2020 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:

  • Update from the Executive Director on the Sunset Process
  • TDLR Guidance on Senate Bill 1264
  • Final Report on Senate Bill 202 Implementation
  • Changes in Proctor Requirements for Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers
  • New Rules to Assist Licensing for Military Spouses
  • TDLR to Host Midwives Educational Summit in January 2020
  • Fingerprinting Requirements for Massage Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Presentation for Graduating Students
  • Recent Personnel Changes

The TDLR Health Monitor is a quarterly newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s medical and health-related programs. Archives of past editions of the TDLR Health Monitor can be viewed here.

Registered Sanitarian Exam Improvements

Effective 05/01/2019

  • Improved content outline guidance and score report feedback!
  • Updated reference list of study materials!
  • No increased cost – Exam fee is still $60!

Please see the Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF) for details.


Advisory Committee Meetings

February 3, 2020

The Registered Sanitarian Advisory Committee met February 3, 2020 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.