Long-term Care Credentialing

Questions about enrolling?

Call the Licensing and Certification Unit at 512-438-2630.

Visit the Texas Unified Licensure Information Portal (TULIP) website

For application forms and instructions.


The Credentialing Unit licenses, certifies and issues permits to individuals that work and provide services to nursing facility residents. Credentialing of these individuals is a vital process to ensure that they are qualified to perform the services that they provide.

The HHS Regulatory Services Division, Licensing and Credentialing Section and Enforcement Section manages:

  • Nursing facility administrator (NFA) licensing, investigation, and sanctions
  • Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP)
  • Nurse aide certification, investigation and sanctions
  • Nurse Aide Registry (NAR)
  • Medication aide (MA) permitting, investigation and sanctions
  • Employment Misconduct Registry (EMR) of unlicensed staff of HHS-regulated facilities and agencies found to have committed acts of abuse, neglect, exploitation, misappropriation or misconduct

The Licensing and Credentialing Section’s Nursing Facility Administrators Licensing Branch:

  • Licenses NFAs, certifies nurse aides, and permits medication aides;
  • Manages the nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs
  • Maintains the NAR and medication aide database

The Professional Credentialing Enforcement Unit of the Enforcement Section:

  • Conducts investigations of NFA complaints and referrals and sanctions violation of NFA requirements
  • Makes findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation against nurse aides and enters on the NAR, entering findings of misconduct to the MA database
  • Manages the EMR program

For questions, contact credential@hhs.texas.gov.