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Qualification-Based Selection is a process TxDOT uses to procure engineering, architectural and surveying services. There are two steps in Qualification-Based Selection:

  • Precertification
  • Administrative Qualification


A firm must be precertified prior to being awarded a professional services contract with TxDOT. Firms must apply for precertification. The precertification process is outlined in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

Precertification is required for all work categories on a contract and is based on employee projects.

Precertified firms must maintain an "active" status by renewing their firm's precertification between Jan. 1 and March 31 each year. An active status is required when submitting a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for a professional services contract. Active Precertified Firms contains a list of all firms in active status.

Administrative Qualification

Administrative qualification is a process TxDOT uses to verify that a firm has an indirect cost rate that meets department requirements.

Doing Business in Texas

A firm must be registered with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and as required, with the Texas Secretary of State’s office to do business in the State of Texas.

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