To get started:

  1. Begin taking TASBO certification courses; use this certification roadmap document to help you plan.
  2. Be sure to take the test at the end of each course and credit will automatically be added to your transcript.
  3. After completion of the coursework and experience requirements, submit your Certification Application and supporting documents to TASBO.
  4. Once you are certified, your TASBO certification is valid for three (3) years and you will need continuing education to maintain/renew.

Three Certification Levels:

Decide which level is best for you, and you can upgrade your TASBO Certification as you learn; course credit earned under any certification level can be credited toward higher certification. You are not required to obtain one level before another, but the highest level will supersede any lower level of certification.

RequirementCertified Texas School Business Specialist (CTSBS)Certified Texas School Business Official (CTSBO)Registered Texas School Business Administrator (RTSBA)

Total number of TASBO courses to complete




Areas of specialization



Required Management Track

Number of courses in each area of specialty




Number of courses required in classroom (not online) *Requirement for in-person courses waived through December 31, 2021




Total years of school business and operations experience

2 years

3 years

5 years

Consecutive years in a single district or organization


2 years

3 years

Bachelor’s degree required

General Certification Requirements

  • While you do not need to be a member of TASBO to earn one of our certifications, members receive discounts on all courses and training.
  • To be eligible for TASBO Certification, you must be working in a school or qualifying organization (such as Texas Regional Education Service Centers or the Texas Education Agency) at the time of application.
  • MGT307 Business Ethics is a required course for all levels of certification.
  • Each TASBO certification course is identified by an alpha-numeric code (for example, ACT106 or PUR101), which indicates the course's area of specialty, and the level of the course.
  • After completion of the coursework and experience requirements, submit your Certification Application with all supporting documents to TASBO.

Areas of Specialization

Certification courses are based on the following areas of focus:

  • Accounting
  • Distribution and Inventory
  • Information Technology
  • Internal Auditing
  • IT Management
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Payroll
  • Personnel
  • Purchasing & Supply Management
  • Risk Management & Safety
  • School Nutrition
  • Instructional Materials
  • Transportation

CTSBS and CTSBO: Choose which curriculum area(s) to specialize in; please note Management is NOT an area of specialization.

RTSBA: Do not choose an area to specialize in, for this certification there is a required series of Management courses.

Management Courses Required for RTSBA

  • MGT301: Functions and Duties of School Business Administrators
  • MGT303: Approaches to Management and Leadership
  • MGT306: Board Policies and Administrative Procedures
  • MGT307: Business Ethics
  • MGT308: Effective Communications OR MGT320 Effective Advocacy – Navigating the Political Process
  • MGT309: Business Administration and the Law
  • MGT310: Long-Range Planning OR MGT321 Managing for Performance Excellence
  • MGT317: Financial Essentials OR MGT318: Advanced Financial Concepts
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