Mandatory “Ethics for Lobbyists” Training

OVERVIEW AND ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

What is Ethics for Lobbyists?

Legislative Law Article 1-A (the “Lobbying Act”), requires principal and additional lobbyists registered with JCOPE to complete a mandatory online ethics training.  Ethics for Lobbyists takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be accessed from any personal computer with an internet connection. (At this time, Ethics for Lobbyists is not compatible with Apple computers or mobile devices.)

Subject matter includes information provided in the Lobbying Act, the Public Officers Law, JCOPE regulations and advisory opinions, and the Election Law. The training also includes best practices for meeting the various statutory requirements.

Continuing Training Requirement

All registered lobbyists must complete Ethics for Lobbyists every three years. This deadline is three years from the end of the calendar year (i.e., December 31) during which the lobbyist last completed the training (See below).

Who Must Complete Ethics for Lobbyists?

Pursuant to Lobbying Act § 1-d(h), all principal and additional lobbyists are required to complete Ethics for Lobbyists once within any three year period that they are listed on any JCOPE Registration Statement.

The three year training window is determined by utilizing a calendar year calculation.

Therefore, if a lobbyist completed the Ethics for Lobbyist training at any point in 2014:

Accordingly, JCOPE has instituted the following training deadlines for registered lobbyists:

Training Deadline Who Must Complete?
December 31, 2016 Lobbyists newly-registered in 2014 and registered in 2016
December 31, 2017 Lobbyists newly-registered in 2015 and registered in 2017
December 31, 2018 Lobbyists newly-registered in 2016 and registered in 2018

Amnesty Program Training Deadlines

Participation in the Amnesty Program alters the training deadlines for organizations that participate. The letter you received from the amnesty program lists dates by which the Ethics for Lobbyists course should be completed by lobbyists in your organization.

Compliance

JCOPE will monitor compliance with this mandated training on an ongoing basis.

Getting Started – First Time Users

Every principal and additional Lobbyist required to complete mandated training must create an account to access the Statewide Learning Management System ("SLMS"). 

SLMS requires a username (your e-mail address) and password to access the online training. If you are registering with SLMS for the first time, your temporary password is welcome1 (all lower case).

DISABLE YOUR INTERNET BROWSER POP-UP BLOCKER PRIOR TO COMPLETING THE FOLLOWING STEPS! INSTRUCTIONS TO DISABLE YOUR INTERNET POP-UP BLOCKER ARE AVAILABLE ON THE “ACCOUNT REQUEST” PAGE.

To download a printable set of instructions click here.

  1. First time users click here to access the “Account Request” page. You only need to register an account once; please retain your login credentials for future use.

  2. Click the “Submit Information” button to access Ethics for Lobbyists.

  3. From the “My Learning” page, click “Launch.”

  4. From the “Table of Contents” page, click “Launch.”

  5. The training will open in a separate window. If the training does not load, please make sure your pop-up blocker is disabled.

  6. At the “Thank you” page click the “X” icon on the top right corner to receive credit.

  7. At the “Table of Contents” page in SLMS, click the “Return to Class Progress” link to record your completion.

  8. Return to the “My Learning” page to print your Certificate of Completion.

In the event you experience a disruption while completing the course, return to my.ny.gov and sign in with the username and password emailed to you. If you forget your password, utilize the password reset feature.

If you experience technical difficulties during the account request set up or enrollment process, please contact the SLMS help desk at (518) 473-8087 M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or request help via email at SLMSHelpdesk@goer.ny.gov

Getting Started – Returning Users

To download a printable set of instructions click here.

  1. Log in to your account at my.ny.gov using your username (e-mail address) and password. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ACCESS THE COURSE FROM THE “ACCOUNT REQUEST” PAGE!

  2. Click the “Statewide Learning Management” option.

  3. Under the “Quick Links” heading, click the “My Learning” link.

  4. The Ethics for Lobbyist course will be listed.

If your status is “Completed” you will need to re-enroll in the updated version of the course by following the steps below.

  1. Type “Ethics for Lobbyists” in the search box in the blue shaded section at the top of the page and hit the Enter key.

  2. Click the link: Learning: JCOPE Ethics for Lobbyists | Course Code: JCOPE_EL | Class: JCOPE_EL.

  3. Click the “Enroll” button near the bottom left of the page.

  4. Click “Submit Enrollment” (Ignore the alert/warning providing your last date of completion).

  5. Click “Learning Home.”

  6. Under the Quick Links heading, click the “My Learning” link.

  7. The new Ethics for lobbyist course will appear, listing your status as Enrolled. Click the “Launch” button to view the course.

  8. When you are done reviewing the course, click the “X” icon on the last page to receive credit.

  9. At the “Table of Contents” page in SLMS, click the “Return to Class Progress” link to record your completion.

  10. Return to the “My Learning” page to print your Certificate of Completion.

Record of Completion

Upon completion of the course, you will receive an email notification of your completion status. JCOPE maintains a record of your training completion; however, you may print and retain a Certificate of Completion by following the instructions below:

  1. When you reach the “Thank You” page, you have completed Ethics for Lobbyists. Ensure you have closed out of the course using the “X” icon   in the upper right corner of this page. You will be directed to the "Table of Contents" page within SLMS.

  2. Click "Return to Class Progress."

  3. Click "Sign Out" located at the upper right hand corner of your screen.

  4. From the "Quick Links" link on upper left corner of screen, select option for "My Learning".

  5. At the "My Learning" page, click the "Print Certificate" button and retain this certificate for your records.

Troubleshooting


If you experience technical difficulties with the Statewide Learning Management System, please contact the SLMS help desk at (518) 473-8087 M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or request help via email at SLMSHelpdesk@goer.ny.gov