Training & Certification

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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 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 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. 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).

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 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.