Towing Operator Continuing Education
Effective September 30, 2014, a towing operator may take the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) course that is being offered by a TDLR approved continuing education provider. This course will fulfill the requirements in Section 86.250(b) of the Towing Administrative Rules.
Towing Operator licensees must complete four hours of continuing education in courses approved by the department. The continuing education hours must include:
- One hour in roadway safety
- One hour in Texas law and rules that regulate the conduct of towing operators;
- Two hours in industry related topics. Refer to Section 86.250 of the Vehicle Towing Administrative Rules for additional information.
Incident Management (IM) towing operator licensees renewing for the first time, must complete, in lieu of the continuing education, a professional development course relating to towing that consists of eight hours of training. This training must include the following:
- At least two hours of live demonstration and hands-on training,
- At least two hours of classroom training;
- Any remaining hours in classroom training or live demonstration and hands-on training.
The following topics should be covered:
- how light-duty tow trucks work
- towing with a wheel lift
- towing with a tow sling
- using tow dollies
- car carrier operation
- vehicle recovery
- light-duty tow trucks
- field procedures
- vehicle maintenance
The course must be offered by or through a Department approved provider, including a community college, college, or university. Refer to Vehicle Towing Administrative Rules, Section 86.250.
Continuing education courses must be completed within the term of the license being renewed. For example, if a license expires on January 15, 2014, the continuing education courses taken to renew that license must have been taken between January 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014.
For a late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the one year period immediately prior to the date of renewal.
Licensees will not receive continuing education hours for attending the same course more than once. Further, licensees must retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a course for one year after the date of completion. In conducting any inspection or investigation of the licensee, the department may examine the licensee's records to determine compliance.
Please note that the reporting of continuing education hours is the responsibility of the continuing education provider. Licensees may check their hours at the Continuing Education Courses Look Up. If the hours have not been reported, the licensee should contact the provider first to ensure that the hours are reported. If the reporting issue is not resolved, they have the option of filing a complaint.