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County Commissioner Required Training

About County Commissioner Required Training

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.

Program Requirements

Orientation Training

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.

IMPORTANT: Newly elected commissioners need to contact CTAS at to notify us that they are new and need to be registered for the online commissioner training.

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 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 a Credit Request using the button on the right.


  • You are exempt from the ORIENTATION TRAINING requirement if you were in office on April 12, 2018 and have continuously served after that date.
  • You are exempt from the CONTINUING EDUCATION TRAINING requirement if:
    • You were in office on April 12, 2018 and have continuously served after that date; OR
    • You have a total of eight (8) years or more of service as a county commissioner (years of service are not required to be continuous).
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For questions or comments, contact the CTAS training staff:

(615) 532-3555