The Regulations for Compressed Natural Gas require each individual performing regulated activities to be certified through examination. There are two different levels of examination: Management and Employee.
A licensee must employ at least one company representative who has passed the applicable management-level qualifying examination and met all applicable training requirements. Each license category has a corresponding management level exam. A company representative applicant may not perform work or be employed in any capacity requiring contact with CNG before these requirements are met. Management-level examinations are closed book.
No individual may perform work or be employed in any capacity requiring contact with CNG until he or she has passed the required Railroad Commission qualifying examination. Employee-level examinations are open book. The Commission will provide the publications to be used during the exam
Taking an Examination in Austin
CNG examinations are available on a walk-in basis in Austin from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon every business day at the Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Training Center
, 6506 Bolm Road.
Registering To Take an Examination Outside Austin
If you plan to take an examination outside of Austin, you must register at least two business days in advance. After you register, if the schedule changes for any reason, Alternative Fuels Safety (AFS) will call or e-mail you ahead of time and notify you of the changes. If you arrive at an examination site outside of Austin without registering, the proctor may not have any CNG examinations to administer. Click on this link to register for an exam
. Please consider the examinees registered as soon as you submit the form.
Click on this link to view a current schedule
of the next three months’ examination dates and locations outside Austin. If the schedule does not include an examination site near you, please consult future postings for examinations available in your region.
CNG Management-Level Examination Fee
All categories: $70 per person. This fee is due each time an exam is taken.
CNG Employee-Level Examination Fee
All categories: $40 per person. This fee is due each time an exam is taken.
All Railroad Commission examination and renewal fees are nonrefundable.Study Guides
CNG Examination Study Guides for these exams are available through this link
Annual Certification Renewal; Renewal Fees
On or before March 1 each year AFS mails each CNG licensee a renewal notice for the licensee’s certified employees. Renewal notices are also mailed to certified individuals who are not employed by a licensed company.
The annual fee to renew an individual’s CNG certification is $25, payable by May 31. Applicants for certification who pass an initial examination between March 1 and May 31 have until May 31 of the following year to renew their certification.
Certified individuals who retire or leave the industry may maintain their CNG certification by paying the $25 annual certification renewal fee. In such cases, please make sure the Railroad Commission knows your current mailing address.
Replacement Railroad Commission certification cards are issued free of charge.Late Fees
Annual certification renewals paid online or postmarked after May 31 are subject to a nonrefundable $20 late fee.Transfer Fees
CNG certified individuals who transfer their employment from one licensee to another are required to submit CNG Form 1016A
, Certified Employee Transfer Form, and pay a nonrefundable $10 transfer fee. CONTACT US
AFS welcomes your comments about our programs. E-mail Rayfield Hearne, Certification Manager
or April Richardson, Department Director