Florida Sunshine Law Training Programs

Open government is a longstanding tradition in Florida, whose Sunshine Laws are among the strongest in the United States.

Because we believe so strongly that government openness and transparency foster citizens’ trust and involvement in governance, The First Amendment Foundation and The Poynter Institute have joined forces to create innovative online training.

Each Sunshine Certificate program provides an overview of Florida’s open meetings and public records laws, as well as the ethics requirements incumbent upon public officials and employees. And each is tailored for a specific audience.

Choose the program that’s right for you:

  • Florida Public Officers and Staff Certificate: This certificate is designed to meet the open government training requirement under Section 112.3142, F.S. for constitutional officers and elected municipal officers. Cost is $84.95 per person.

  • Certified Records Managers: This certificate is approved by the IInstitute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) for 8 Certification Maintenance Credits for participating ICRM members.

  • Florida Attorneys Certificate and CLEs: This three-course program been approved by the Florida Bar for 14.5 CLE hours, including 5 ethics hours. Cost is $149.95 per person.

  • Journalists and Citizens Training Package: A series of three courses for available to every resident and journalist seeking to learn the ins and outs of Florida’s Sunshine Laws. Enroll in all three for $75 or enroll in each one for $29.95.

Group pricing is available. If you would like to purchase a block of seats for your office or organization, please contact us at info@newsu.org.

Looking for more training?

The First Amendment Foundation will be offering a series of Sunshine Seminars in Florida. Updates will be available here: http://floridafaf.org/resources/upcoming-events/

About the 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.