The OIG is committed to the goal of ethics education for those who serve the public and provide goods and services to the public through government. Below you will find information about our free ethics training classes for Broward’s elected and appointed officials, as well as education opportunities afforded by other organizations.
OIG’S ETHICS TRAINING MATERIALS:
USING ONLINE ETHICS TRAINING TO SATISFY THE BROWARD CODE OF ETHICS OR THE STATE CODE OF ETHICS:
- Only two hours of your annual ethics training can be non-interactive, under the Broward Code of Ethics (that is, two hours each year must be live).
- If there is a charge, you must contact the provider and pay its fee to access the materials.
- Once you've paid the fee or if there is no fee, you should view (or listen) to the video (or audio) to completion. Mere self-study by your review of written materials (hard copy or electronic) does not suffice as "training."
- Once you complete the video or audio, you should document the date, duration, source, and title of the video or audio in your own records for later reference if necessary. Please note that 50 minutes of training is the equivalent of one hour for reporting purposes.
- Once you have completed four hours for the year, you should complete a training certification form and file it with your clerk or the County Administrator. The one recommended by the OIG is found at the top of the Forms page. (Your county or municipal attorney may have composed a different one for your use; if so, the county or municipal attorney’s form should be employed.)
- The State Commission on Ethics will provide a box for you to check on your Form 1 or Form 6 to certify completing the State ethics training requirement.
ELECTED OFFICIALS TAKE NOTE:
- Neither the OIG nor the State Commission on Ethics tracks officials’ completed hours. You must document your ethics training activity in your own records.
- For the State requirement, you may take training from any source you choose.
- For the Broward requirement, training may be available through regional universities, municipal or local government organizations, or the state or regional Bar associations.
- At this time, there is no certification or accreditation process for training providers.
- To certify that you have satisfied your training requirement under the Broward Code, you must file an annual certification with your clerk (or the County Administrator). The one recommended by the OIG is found at the top of the Forms page. (Your county or municipal attorney may have composed a different one for your use; if so, the county or municipal attorney’s form should be employed.)
- To certify that you have satisfied your training requirement under the State Code, you must check the box provided on your Form 1 or Form 6.