Continuing Education for County Commissioners

Commissioners are required to attain 16 hours every 12-month period and may carry forward up to 8 hours. Some exceptions apply. See Local Government Code Sec. 81.0025, Section (e).

Programs that Qualify 

The Commissioners Education Committee of the Judges and Commissioners Association reviews programs to advise membership of appropriate educational opportunities. Programs must be accredited by an institution of higher learning.

Filing for Credit 

A certificate of attendance is furnished by the sponsor of the conference that you attend. Commissioners should maintain a copy for their records. The program sponsor will assist by submitting forms to the Judges and Commissioners Association who will then furnish transcripts to commissioners after the end of the year.

Legal Source

Commissioners: Local Government Code, Section 81.0025. This section was amended by the 84th legislature. Pending publication of the current statutes, see H.B. 1879, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.

Open Government Training Information

Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website.

County Official Organizations 

The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy.

Below are links to the websites for County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, which provide information on annual conference dates, list serves and more and to the regional associations' leadership.