Our Training Services
As the designated certifying body for all county Public Administrators, Public Guardians and Public Conservators in California, we provide a variety of professional trainings to help prepare our members to meet the rigorous demands of the job. Our trainings are guided by our Standards & Certification policy document found here.
Certification criteria and types are broken down as follows. For more information on California legislation requiring certification through the Association please click here.
- Member in good standing of the Association (payment of membership dues and county fees current)
- Compliance with and upholding of the Code of Ethics of the Association
- 40 credit hours of continuing education every 4 years. The training must be given by a provider, which has been approved by the Association at least 30 days in advance of the date of training
If a member does not meet the 40 hour requirement in 4 years, they are noted in the system as non-certified and to be in compliance must by the end of the second four-year period meet 40 hours in the 4 years as well as any additional hours not completed in the prior 4-year certification window.
Example: If a member completes 35 certification hours in a 4-year window, the subsequent 4-year certification window would be the standard 40 hours required as well as the additional 5 hours not completed in the prior certification window. This penalty is cumulative each 4-year cycle.
Training courses are approved based on criteria set forth by the Association related to expected program proficiencies and core competencies the Association feels are critical for PA|PG|PC’s to be effective in their work. Training definitions include:
- Outside Training: Any training, course, workshop or other form of professional training that is not presented by the Association or one of it’s County PA|PG|PC members, but which is given by another outside entity. All outside training offerings must be approved by the Standards & Certification Committee prior to member accreditation being granted
- In-house Training: Any training, course, workshop or other form of professional training that is presented by a Public Administrator, Public Guardian, or Public Conservator office for its deputies and staff or by the Association’s Executive Office. All in-house trainings must be approved by the Standards & Certification Committee prior to member accreditation being granted
- Online Training: Any training, course, workshop or other form of professional training that is offered on the Association’s proprietary Learning Management System (LMS).
The Association charges a certification fee for all trainings to support our costs. The current certification fee is $10 Per Person/Per Course Hour irrelevant of type of training being taken.
Important Note: No more than twelve (12) credit hours, accumulated in a four year period, may be obtained from training courses offered online or from other outside sources, as approved by the Association. Credits received from regional trainings or in-house trainings are not limited, provided such trainings are approved by the Association.