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Miami-Dade County Employee Ethics Training

To ensure that all representatives of Miami-Dade County government understand the basis of ethical standards, the Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance requiring that each employee undertake ethics training that includes a review of the Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance and Florida’s Public Records Law. This training program is intended to fulfill that requirement and promote a better understanding of the importance of ethics in public service.

Elected Officials Ethics Training

On June 4, 2013, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners amended Section 2-11.1 of the County Code to require that all County and Municipal elected officials “shall, within ninety (90) days after being sworn into office, submit to the Clerk of the Board a certificate of completion of an ethics course offered by the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust.”  The course is to include, at a minimum, a review of the Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance; the Sunshine Law; the Public Records Law and the Citizens’ Bill of Rights. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in a complaint being filed against a non-compliant elected official for a violation of the Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics ordinance. 

We request that each affected governmental unit contact us at least thirty (30) days prior to any election to schedule the course for that unit.  Depending on circumstances, some courses may include more than one municipality.  For questions about the requirements or to schedule a course, please call 305-579-2594 or email

Read the ordinance and the explanatory memo.

Learn about and take state required training from the Florida Commission on Ethics

Lobbyist Training

 It's the Law!
Sec. 2-11.1 (s)(2)(d) of the County Code, passed by the Board of County Commissioners on March 6, 2012, requires each lobbyist to submit a certificate of completion of an ethics course approved by the Ethics Commission to the Clerk of the Board within 60 days after lobbyist registration. Similar rules apply to the City of Miami and certain other municipalities. The cost is $100.  You must create an account with the Ethics Commission, then sign up for a course and pay by credit card through this NEW ONLINE system.   All training takes place at the Miami-Dade Commission Chambers, 111 NW First St, Miami, FL  33128.

Wed., July 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 17, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 4, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Refresher course
Lobbyists who have completed the initial Ethics Course and have continuously registered as a lobbyist thereafter shall be required to complete a refresher Ethics Course every two years to satisfy the requirement imposed by Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami.
You must provide date of completion of the most recent lobbyist ethics course (original or refresher) when enrolling for a class and paying in advance through our NEW ONLINE system (you have to create an account first, then select the course).  All trainings take place at the Miami-Dade Commission Chambers, 111 NW First St. Miami, FL  33128.

Wed., July 31, 10 a.m. - Noon
Thurs., Aug. 22, 10 a.m. - Noon
Wed. Sept. 25, 10 a.m. - Noon
Mon., Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - Noon
Mon., Nov. 25, 10 a.m. - Noon
Fri., Dec. 6, 10 a.m. - Noon

Clean Campaign Classes

Two hour sessions for declared candidates and for those working on a campaign.  Speakers -- including representatives from the Ethics Commission and the Elections Department -- will provide essential information on election law and procedures, fundraising and record keeping to candidates, campaign treasurers, volunteers and anyone else who wants to understand the legal and ethical obligations of seeking public office. 

Call 305-350-0630 for information.

County Advisory Boards Training

All members of Miami-Dade County advisory boards are subject to mandatory training, including a review of the Sunshine Law, the Public Records Act and the County's Conflict of Interest/Code of Ethics Ordinance.   There is no cost, but you must register in advance.

Sessions are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month, alternating between 8-9:30 a.m. and Noon to 1:30 p.m. 
in the Ethics Commission Conference room
19 West Flagler St.  Suite 820
Miami, FL  33130

You must register before attending.  NEW!  Online registration

Should you serve on an advisory board?  Read this first. 

Miami Beach Regulatory Employee Training

Ethics Training 'boot camp."  

Read the Final Report.

Public offices, professional organizations, civic groups, etc...

The Ethics Commission is happy to provide ethics training and/or discuss civic engagement with any government entity, philanthropic organization, homeowner or business association.  Please call 305-579-2594 for information and scheduling.

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