Training & Certification

Training & Certification 2017-06-01T01:36:47+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.

Certification Fees

The Association charges a certification fee for all trainings to support our costs. Current certification fees are as follows:

  • Regional or In-house County Training: $5 Per Person/per Course Hour
  • Outside Training not Sponsored by a County or by CA PA|PG|PC: $25 Per Person/per Course Hour

Important Note: No member can have more than 12 credit hours accumulated for the initial or re-certification process from an outside training source.

For specific details and history on the Association’s certification requirements you can review the member approved Standards & Certification Process.

Certification Criteria

Certification criteria and types are broken down as follows.

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

For initial certification, the required forty (40) credit hours may be obtained by taking any courses approved by the Association. Completion of a course on ethics and a basic orientation course applicable to the duties performed in an office of a public administrator, public guardian or public conservator and approved by the association, will be required for certification.

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.

For recertification, the required twenty (20) credit hours within a two-year period, commencing with certification, may be obtained by taking any courses approved by the Association. Completion of a course on ethics will be required for recertification.

No more than twelve (12) credit hours, accumulated in a two-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.

  • Outside Training: Any training, course, workshop or other form of professional training that is not presented by the Association, but which is given by another entity.
  • 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.
  • Regional Training: Any training, course, workshop or other form of professional training that is presented by one of the five Regional Chairpersons of the Association.