Beginning September 1, 2018, newly-elected or newly-appointed county commissioners are required to complete orientation training provided by CTAS under T.C.A. § 5-5-113. In addition, those newly elected members will also be required to complete seven hours of continuing education provided or approved by CTAS on an annual basis. The requirements for this training, including exemptions from the training requirements, are described below. The comptroller will publish annually a list of commissioners with the hours of training required and the hours each commissioner has obtained.
You have 120 days after the date of your election or appointment within which to complete your orientation training. Orientation training can be obtained by attending the CTAS County Officials Orientation Program (COOP) held for newly-elected officials every four years, or by taking specific online training classes offered by CTAS through K@te (the CTAS learning management system). Commissioners who do not attend COOP will be enrolled automatically in the required online classes in K@te. If you need assistance enrolling in K@te, please contact the CTAS training department.
Continuing Education Training
You must complete at least seven (7) hours of continuing education annually. The annual compliance period is from September 1 through August 31 each year. For newly-elected or newly-appointed county commissioners, your annual compliance period begins on the first September 1 occurring after the date of your election or appointment. Orientation training does not count toward your continuing education requirement.
Continuing Education Training Options
The annual continuing education requirement can be met in various ways, including attending educational sessions at TCSA conferences and TCCA regional meetings, attending CTAS training classes, completing online training provided by CTAS, and attending other professional development approved by CTAS. Sign-in sheets will be provided at association events and CTAS training. If you attend outside training, please submit an Outside Training Credit Request form to the CTAS training department.