Requirements for Membership and Certification

Requirements for Membership and Certification 2017-06-02T17:32:22+00:00

Requirements to Become a Member

The Association is comprised of local government officials and employees who provide services to the public through the offices of the Public Administrator, Public Guardian and Public Conservator in California’s 58 counties. To become a member you must:

  1. Be employed in a Public Administrator’s, Public Guardian’s, or Public Conservator’s office in one of the 58 counties and
  2. Have written approval of the Principal member of the Association or his or her designee

 

Requirements for Certification

PLEASE NOTE: new certification criteria will go into effect July 1, 2017. Click here to learn more.

Eligibility For Initial Certification By The Association 

  1. Member in good standing of the Association (payment of County fee as well as current in individual membership dues)
  2. Compliance with and upholding of the Code of Ethics of the Association
  3. Forty (40) credit hours of training within a four-year period immediately preceding certification, which have been approved by the Association. The training must be given by a provider which has been approved by the Association. A “Certificate of Completion” will be issued when a member has obtained 40 credit hours of training anytime within the four year period. Provisional Status may be awarded to a member who is satisfactorily working towards certification, but who has not yet completed 40 credit hours in the allotted time. To qualify for Provisional Status, a member must complete 20 credit hours of training within a two-year period commencing with employment in a Public Administrator’s, Public Guardian’s or Public Conservator’s office. The member must complete the remaining 20 credit hours of training within the next two consecutive years to meet the four-year requirement.
  4. If a member has less than 30 credit hours of training and a “Certificate of Completion” has not been obtained by June 30, 2007 or 2008 (based on the implementation of California legislation requiring certification by the Association), the member must complete 40 credit hours of training for certification. Any credit hours accumulated within the previous four year period will be applied to the 40 credit hours requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification is based on a fiscal calendar year from July 1 – June 30. For example, if a member completes 40 hours of certification training by November 1, 2016, their certification date will be June 30, 2017. If June 30, 2017 is your certified by date then recertification for an additional 20 units must be completed by June 30 of 2019.

Standards For Maintaining Certification By The Association

  1. Member in good standing of the Association (payment of County fee as well as current in individual membership dues)
  2. Compliance with and upholding of the Code of Ethics of the Association
  3. Twenty (20) credit hours of continuing education within a two year period commencing with certification or recertification, which have been approved by the Association. The training must be given by a provider, which has been approved by the Association.