Sunshine Certificate for Florida Public Officers and Staff

Course Overview

Title:
Sunshine Certificate for Florida Public Officers and Staff
Type:
Certificate Program
Cost:
$84.95

The certificate program costs $84.95 per person, but group pricing is available. If you would like to purchase a block of seats for your office or organization, contact us at info@newsu.org.

About Certificate Programs

Certificates of proficiency are designed to measure your knowledge of essential skills or information. To receive a certificate, take the NewsU courses associated with that certificate program and then successfully complete the online assessment for each course. Once you've passed all the assessments, you will receive your certificate from Poynter's NewsU.

Open government is a longstanding tradition in Florida, whose Sunshine Laws are among the strongest in the United States. The First Amendment Foundation believes that government openness and transparency are critical elements of democratic government and to fostering citizens' trust and involvement in governance.

The Sunshine Certificate for Florida Public Officers and Staff is specifically designed to meet state laws that require elected municipal officers and all Florida Constitutional officers to take a minimum of four hours of ethics training each year (Section 112.3142, Florida Statutes).

A certificate of proficiency is given to those who complete the courses and demonstrate, by passing the assessments, an understanding of material.

The only way to earn the certificate is to enroll in the Sunshine Certificate program. If you enroll in each course individually you will not have access to the certificate of proficiency.

To enroll in the Sunshine Certificate for Florida Public Officers and Staff, click the blue "Enroll Now" button on the right.
Questions? Contact us at info@newsu.org.

A passing score on each course assessment is 70 percent or higher. You may retake the assessments as many times as you like. Once enrolled in the certificate, you also have unlimited access to the course material and may review it at any time.

The certificate program costs $84.95 per person, but group pricing is available. If you would like to purchase a block of seats for your office or organization, contact us at info@newsu.org.

Looking for something different?

For Florida Attorneys:

Poynter and the First Amendment Foundation also offer a Sunshine Certificate for Florida Attorneys, approved by the Florida Bar for 14.5 CLE hours, including 5 ethics hours.

For Journalists and Citizens:

The Sunshine Laws for Journalists and Citizens: Training Package is for journalists and others who want to understand their access to open meetings and public records as well as to foster ethical public service.

The Sunshine Certificate, a joint effort of the First Amendment Foundation and Poynter News University, meets the open government training requirement mandated by Florida law for all constitutional officers and elected municipal officers. It provides an overview of Florida’s open meetings and public records laws, as well as the ethics requirements incumbent upon public officials and employees.

Enroll in this certificate, not in the individual courses separately

Who Benefits From This Certificate:

By state law, all constitutional officers and elected municipal officers are required to receive annual open government training. Constitutional officers include the governor, the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the chief financial officer, the commissioner of agriculture, state attorneys, public defenders, sheriffs, tax collectors, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, clerks of the circuit court, county commissioners, district school board members and superintendents of schools.

How Certificates Work:
  • Each assessment contains about 25-30 multiple-choice and true-false questions, drawn from a question pool
  • You must score at least 70 percent to pass each assessment
  • You will receive a score at the end of each assessment, but you will not see which answers you got right or wrong
  • You may retake each assessment as many times as you like
  • You will have 30 minutes to complete each assessment
  • When you pass all the assessments, you will be able to download and print your certificate

Questions? Read our Certificates FAQ or contact us.

Training Partner:

First Amendment Foundation

The First Amendment Foundation believes that government openness and transparency is critical to citizen trust and involvement in a democratic society — without Government in the Sunshine, civic engagement cannot bloom. Through ongoing monitoring of the state’s public records and open meetings laws, and the education of government officials and the citizens they serve about those laws, the Foundation promotes the public’s constitutional right to oversee and to participate in the governance process.