Continuing Education for Sanitarians

For a registered sanitarian to renew, a sanitarian must complete a total of 24 continuing education hours related to the field of consumer health, environmental health or sanitation.

Acceptable Continuing Education Providers

Acceptable continuing education must be provided by one of the following sponsor types:

  1. A governmental agency
  2. An accredited college or university
  3. An association with a membership of 25 or more persons
  4. A pre-approved commercial education business

Pre-Approved Commercial Education Business

A commercial education business can offer continuing education for sanitarian if they have been approved by the department.

To obtain approval, submit the commercial education business continuing education provider application along with the required application fee of $100. The application can be found under continuing education forms.

Continuing Education Instructors

Continuing education sponsors and/or providers must ensure that all continuing education instructors have one of the following credentials or hold one of the following positions:

  • Certification as a registered sanitarian by the department
  • Instructor at the Texas Engineering Extension Service
  • Faculty member at an accredited college or university
  • Employee of the department or the Department of State Health Services
  • Teaching or work experience determine by the sponsor and/or provider to be sufficient

Acceptable Continuing Education Activities

The following continuing education activities in consumer health, environmental health or sanitation are acceptable if they are provided by an approved provider:

Conferences; home-study training modules (including professional journals requiring successful completion of a test document); lectures; panel discussions; seminars; accredited college or university courses; video or film presentations with live instruction; field demonstrations; teleconferences or online training.

Coursework in environmental or consumer health from an accredited college or university, or written verification of hours approved by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) will also be accepted.

Continuing Education Audit for Sanitarians

TDLR shall select for audit, a random sample of sanitarians for each renewal month. If selected for an audit, then you will be notified at the time of your renewal. You will be required to submit copies of certificates, transcripts or other documentation to verify attendance, participation and completion of continuing education requirements. Your registration will not be renewed until continuing education requirements have been met.

You are responsible for maintaining a record of your continuing education experiences or certificates. If you are selected for audit, then you will be notified and records will be required to be submitted to the department.