Guardianship Ad Litem Certification
(for attorneys only)

Steps for Certification

The following information outlines the process to become eligible to be appointed an attorney ad litem in Texas Courts under Tex. Estates Code §1054.201.*

  1. You must complete a State Bar-approved training course for guardianship ad litem. Search for a class in our CLE database: you may also complete approved self-study tapes and DVDs.

  2. Once your approved training has been completed, download and print out the appropriate affidavit below:
    MCLE Affidavit for General CLE Course [PDF]
    MCLE Affidavit for DVD/Videotaped Self-Study Course [PDF]

  3. Complete and mail your affidavit, including a $25 processing fee, to the MCLE department (see address below). Faxed copies of affidavit will not be processed.

  4. Once we receive your affidavit and $25 fee, we will add you to our database of lawyers and mail you your certificate.

You will be certified for an initial two (2) year period. Once you have been certified for two (2) consecutive two year periods, you will then be certified for four (4) years.*

Guardianship Ad Litem Database

Certified Guardianship Ad Litem Attorneys: Please use this database to search for a certified ad litem attorney.


Is Guardianship certification a function of MCLE?
The MCLE Department keeps records of certified attorneys but certification is not a function of the MCLE program. Ad litem certification training is approved for MCLE credit and can be used toward MCLE compliance.

How long is the certification period?
The initial certification period is two-year period beginning on the date of issuance of the certificate. An attorney can receive a four-year certificate once he/she has been certified for two consecutive two-year terms.

What training courses qualify for Guardianship Certification?
Approved training courses meet the requirement outlined in Tex. Govt. Code §81.114. Sponsors of training courses should request review and approved by writing to the Director of MCLE.

Are there self-study tapes/DVDs available for completing the training?
Yes. You can check with your local county bar association or visit TexasBarCLE to access courses.

Can an attorney fax an affidavit of completion to receive a certificate?
No. The State Bar requires an original signature on the affidavit and a $25 processing fee.

Contact Us

Please contact the MCLE Department with any additional questions.

Contact Information
Phone: (800) 204-2222, ext. 1806 or (512) 427-1806
Fax: (512) 427-4423

Mailing Address
State Bar of Texas
MCLE Department
PO Box 13007
Austin, TX 78711-3007


* Tx. Estates Code, Subchapter E, Sec. 1054.201-203 [PDF]

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