Training & Certification

Training & Certification 2019-01-07T17:46:48+00:00

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

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 County fee as well as current in individual membership dues for all years covered under certification)
  • 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 Definitions

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. Course definitions are broken down by the following criteria:

  • Who is Delivering the Course: Is the course being given by the Association and/or affiliated PA|PG|PC program office or an outside entity? AND
  • What is the Training Topic: Does the training address a PA|PG|PC program core competency or a more generalized PA|PG|PC proficiency?

Course definitions include:

  • Competency Training (formerly In-house Training): Any training, course, workshop or other form of professional training organized and hosted by the Association’s Executive Office or PA|PG|PC County office which meets one or more PA|PG|PC program competency as outlined in CA PA|PG|PC’s  Standards & Certification document
  • Proficiency Training (formerly Outside Training): Any training, course, workshop or other form of professional training that meets one or more PA|PG|PC proficiencies outlined in CA PA|PG|PC’s  Standards & Certification document or other related topic/skill set to be approved by the Standards & Certification Committee. The training may be presented by a County PA|PG|PC member or any other outside entity/organization
  • Online Training: Any training, course, workshop or other form of professional training that is offered on the Association’s proprietary Learning Management System (LMS)

Certification Fees

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:

  • Seven (7) online credit hours may be accumulated in any four (4)-year period as approved by the Association
  • Seven (7) proficiency credit hours may be accumulated in any four (4)-year period as approved by the Association
  • Credits received for competency trainings are not limited, provided the Association has approved such trainings