ATTENTION: As of April 15, 2018, Texas has added a new requirement for RCP license renewal. According to Title 22 Part 9 Chapter 186 Rule 186.10 Part A - At least 2 contact hours must be in ethics. These ethics hours may be completed via traditional courses or non-traditional courses.
When does my license expire?
Registration/renewal through TMB will be completed on a different schedule than DSHS, with all permits expiring during specific set times of year (as opposed to exiring in the permit holder's birth month). Moving forward, respiratory care practitioner licnesees will expire twice a year, on May 31 or November 30.
When can I renew my license?
Active license renewals are not available online until 60-90 days prior to your current expiration date. If you cannot proceed with online registration, try again closer to your expiration date.
How do I renew my license?
Please see the "Online License Renewal" link below.
How many CEUs does Texas require?
24 total hours acceptable CEs per biennium
- At least 12 contact hours must be in traditional courses (our Live courses). You may take all 24 contact hours in Live courses (no tests required). The remainder of contact hours may be in non-traditional courses. You are not required to take non-traditional courses. The Board is merely setting an upper limit on how many may be taken.
- At least 2 contact hours must be in ethics. We have several ethics courses to choose from.
- Those who hold temporary permits are not subject to these continuing education requirements.
- A retired respiratory care practitioner on the voluntary charity care status only required to complete reduced CE requirements equal to half of the number of CE hours required for renewal for a certified respiratory care practitioner.
- One CE or contact hour activity is defined as 60 minutes attendance and participation in an acceptable continuing education experience.
- No CE hours may be carried over from one renewal period to another renewal period.
- A practitioner who also holds a current license, registration, or certification in another health care profession or a current license, registration, or certification as a respiratory care practitioner in another state, territory, or country may satisfy the CE requirements for renewal in Texas with hours counted toward renewal of another license, registration, or certification as long as the hours meet all current requirements.
Can I get all of my CEUs online?
As long as your hours meet the requirements listed on this page, you can complete 100% of your CEUs online.
Continuing education must be in skills relevant to the practice of respiratory care and must have a direct benefit to patients and clients and shall be acceptable if the experience falls in one or more of the following categories:
- Provider-directed educational activities directly related to the profession of respiratory care that require the learner and provider to interact in real time, including, but not limited to, live lectures, courses, seminars, workshops, review sessions, or distance learning activities such as webcasts, video conferences, and audio conferences in which the learner can interact with the provider.
- Traditional CE must be approved, recognized, accepted, or assigned CE credit by a professional organization or association (such as TSRC, NBRC or AARC) or offered by a federal, state, or local government entity.
Non-Traditional CE (we no longer offer these due to lack of interest)
- Self-directed study directly related to the profession of respiratory care that does not include interaction between the learner and the instructor. A test at the conclusion of the self-directed study is required.
- Non-traditional CE must be approved, recognized, accepted, or assigned CE credit by a professional organization or association (such as TSRC, NBRC or AARC) or offered by a federal, state, or local government entity.
- A respiratory care practitioner who teaches or instructs a CE course shall be credited one (1) contact hour in non-traditional CE for each contact hour actually taught.
- CE credit will be given only once for teaching a particular course.
Passage of an official credentialing or proctored self-evaluation examination, as follows:
- NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) credentialing or re-credentialing examination - 10 contact hours;
- NBRC Clinical Simulation Examination (credentialing or re-credentialing) - 10 contact hours;
- NBRC Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist (NPS) examination - 10 contact hours;
- NBRC Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS) examination - 10 contact hours;
- NBRC Sleep Disorder Specialist (SDS) examination - 10 contact hours;
- NBRC Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) examination or NBRC Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) examination - 10 contact hours
- Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) registration examination - 10 contact hours
- Initial course in advanced cardiac life-support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life-support (PALS), neonatal advanced life-support (NALS), basic trauma life-support, or pre-hospital trauma life-support - 8 contact hours;
- Examinations listed above may be counted only once for credit.
Are your courses approved by both the AARC and the Texas Medical Board?
Our courses are AARC approved and therefore accepted for respiratory license renewal in Texas.
How much does my renewal cost?
The full (24 months) biennial registration fee includes a $2 Office of Patient Protection (OPP) fee. This fee is required by state law. The remaining $104 is the fee required by TMB.
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Board Contact Information
Mail Code (use department-appropriate mail code)
Tower 3, Suite 610
Austin, TX 78701
Mail Code (use department-appropriate mail code)
P.O. Box 2018
Austin, TX 78768-2018
Licensure Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2029
Austin, TX 78768-2029
Main Phone: (512) 305-7010
Customer Service Phone: (512) 305-7030 (Outside Texas)
Customer Service Phone: (800) 248-4062 (Texas only)
Customer Service E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The information contained in this document was as accurate as possible at the time of publication. It is possible that errors exist or that current license requirements have changed. We encourage corrections and comments and will make modifications accordingly. Neither the author, Respiratory Associates, nor any other individual or institution, except the person renewing their license, is responsible or liable for any consequences of its use. You are encouraged to read your state licensure requirements from the primary source, e.g. state website. If any of our courses are rejected by your state licensing authority our sole remedy will be a refund.