County Government Education Program Courses

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Ethics, Public Records, and Sunshine Laws:    $75 registration fee

  • June 26, 2018 - Orange County (registration opens in March)
  • November 27, 2018 - Hillsborough County (registration opens in September)
  • Online Ethics Workshop - available all year

Core Courses

6 Core credits each


The program content for each core course is designed to cover fundamental information necessary to effectively serve as a county staff member. To be certified, staff must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours of core curriculum.

The majority of these programs are offered once a calendar year.

Ethics, Public Records, and Sunshine Laws (Mandatory) – Held three times per year, in conjunction with FAC Conferences (February, June, and November)

  • Growth Management (February)

  • Financial Management (February)

  • County Government Structure and Authority (November)

  • County Government Roles and Responsibilities (November)



Elective Courses

3 Elective credits each (must have 9 Elective credits for certification)


The following courses develop skills that are important to county staff. A maximum of 9 credit hours from these or similar classes may be applied toward the 45 hours required for certification. Six elective courses are provided throughout the year including regional workshops utilizing regional UF/IFAS Extension offices across the state. The program topics offered vary from year to year.

Workshops come up throughout the year at the various conferences on a variety of topics. Past workshop topics are:

  • Charter Government

  • Communications

  • Economic Development

  • Emergency Management

  • Human Resources

  • Legislative Process

  • Negotiations



Continuing Education Courses

Credits vary by event (must have 6 CE hours for certification)


Participation in statewide education and policymaking events with peers is an important part of the curriculum. As such, the following events are CGE accredited. The credit hours for each of these programs vary due to program length. To become certified, county staff must earn at least 6 hours of continuing education credits.


  • Policy Committee Conference 1.5 credit hours (September)

  • Legislative Conference 2 credit hours (November)

  • Legislative Day 1.5 credit hours (February)

  • Annual Conference (June)