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.

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.

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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 2013 must take an ethics refresher this year in 2016. 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. 

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.

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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:

The Online Ethics Orientation (OEO) is an online ethics course available via the Statewide Learning Management System at https://nyslearn.ny.gov/. State officers and employees who are required to file an FDS must complete this course 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).

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.

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