Course Offerings

Comprehensive Ethics Training Course ("CETC"):

The CETC is an ethics training mandated for New York State officers and employees who file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement. The CETC is a two-hour, live, instructor-led training that covers the Public Officers Law and other related ethics laws and regulations.

We expect agency Ethics Officers to continue to deliver the CETC to their FDS filers at regular intervals or as needed for FDS Filers to comply with the statutory ethics training deadlines. Please contact your Ethics Officer for additional training dates at your agency. Agencies are empowered to impose higher training standards than those required by Executive Law §94. For this reason, your agency may require you to attend ethics trainings at your respective agency instead of attending a class offered by JCOPE. Please check with your agency Ethics Officer for training options that may apply to you prior to scheduling a class with JCOPE.

JCOPE will also present live sessions at its Albany office at 540 Broadway and via video conference at our Buffalo and NYC offices. Unless otherwise indicated, two Continuing Legal Education Credits (“CLE”) are available to State-employed attorneys the first time they attend a CETC session presented by JCOPE.

Upcoming Dates:

Due to a high training demand, the JCOPE Education Training Team has added three additional training sessions of the CETC indicated as (NEW).

• Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. (Registrations closed for NYC and Buffalo)
• Tuesday, November 21 from 1-3 p.m. (NEW)
• Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. (Registrations closed for NYC)
• Thursday, December 21 from 1-3 p.m. (NEW)
• Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. (Registrations closed for NYC)
• Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. (NEW)

Refresher Training Requirement

Everyone who has taken the CETC is required by law to take an ethics refresher every three years thereafter.  This means those FDS filers who first took the CETC in 2014 must take an ethics refresher this year in 2017. Both the CETC and the Ethics Seminar satisfies the refresher training requirement.

Ethics Seminar

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the CETC

Executive Law 94(10)(c) requires the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”) to develop and offer an Ethics Seminar as an additional training option for individuals who have previously completed the CETC.

The Seminar is a live, interactive training session that guides FDS Filers through the major statutory changes in ethics laws with respect to gifts, honoraria, and outside activities since 2013.  Conflicts of interest and other applicable ethics laws are also covered.  Participants will review real world examples as well as have an opportunity for a question and answer period. 

Please contact your Ethics Officer for additional training dates at your agency. Agencies are empowered to impose higher training standards than those required by Executive Law §94. For this reason, your agency may require you to attend ethics trainings at your respective agency instead of attending a class offered by JCOPE. Please check with your agency Ethics Officer for training options that may apply to you prior to scheduling a class with JCOPE.

JCOPE will present live sessions at its Albany office at 540 Broadway and via video conference to our Buffalo and NYC offices.  Unless otherwise indicated, 1.5 Continuing Legal Education Credits (“CLE”) are available to State-employed attorneys the first time they attend a CETC session presented by JCOPE.

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 1-2:30 p.m. (Registrations closed for NYC and Buffalo)
Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 1-2:30 p.m. (Registrations closed for NYC and Buffalo)
Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 1-2:30 p.m.

How do I register for a CETC or Ethics Seminar session?

To register an FDS Filer, please e-mail us at education@jcope.ny.gov and include the following information:

  1. Filer’s name, e-mail, phone number, and agency name

  2. Specify which course: CETC or Ethics Seminar

  3. Indicate if filer seeks CLE credit

  4. Preferred session date

  5. Location (Albany, Buffalo, or NYC)


NOTE: Space is extremely limited at JCOPE’s Buffalo and NYC offices – RSVP soon

Ethics Orientation:

State officers and employees who are required to file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure ("FDS") must complete the Online Ethics Orientation ("OEO") within three months of becoming subject to the FDS filing requirement, unless they attend the CETC within that time. See Executive Law §94(10)(b).

The OEO is an online ethics course available via the Statewide Learning Management System ("SLMS") at https://nyslearn.ny.gov/. Access to this course is limited to those state agencies that grant employee access to SLMS. While many state agencies automatically grant access to SLMS for their staff, not all agencies do. This course is not available to those who access SLMS as an "External User."

If your organization does not have access to SLMS, new filers will need to attend a session of the CETC within the first three months after becoming a filer. Once you attend a CETC class, you do not need to take the OEO.

To take the OEO, log in to SLMS and search for the course either by name or by Class Code:

Class Name> JCOPE Online Ethics Orientation
Class Code> 62365

The OEO takes most users approximately 30 minutes to complete. The course is completed when the participant reaches the last page and clicks the "X" to close the course.  Certificates of completion are available on the user's SLMS dashboard.  You may need to refresh your page or log off and log back in before the link for the certificate appears.

Report your completion status to your agency Ethics Officer, who is responsible for tracking ethics training compliance and entering training completion dates into the JCOPE FDS Online Filing System.

Ethics for Lobbyists:

Ethics for Lobbyists is an online ethics training course mandatory for all registered lobbyists in New York State. See Legislative Law Article 1-A §1-d(h).

The Ethics for Lobbyists course is required of any lobbyist who is named on a biennial registration statement.  Once completed, each lobbyist must retake the training within three years. (Note: the calendar year the training is completed is counted as “year 1” regardless of when in the year it is taken.  Retraining needs to happen by the end of the third year.)  Personalized training reminders are not currently sent to individual lobbyists.  Please retain your Certificate of Completion so you can document when training was completed and when refresher training is due.

The online Ethics for Lobbyist training generally takes most people 30 minutes or less to complete.  In order to take the training, the user needs to register to gain access to the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) where the course is hosted. You only need to register once; please retain your login credentials for future use. The registration page can be found on our website:  http://www.jcope.ny.gov/training/training_lobbyists.html