Ethics Education and Training (AB 1234)


Ethics Education
AB 1234 Training

The Institute offers a number of resources to help local officials and their staffs comply with California’s requirement that local officials periodically refresh their knowledge of public service ethics laws and principles.

In addition, California law (sometimes referred to as “AB 1234″) requires local officials to periodically receive training on public service ethics laws and principles.

The purpose of this training is to alert local officials to the extensive array of laws that apply to public service, as well as the unique ethical obligations public servants have.



Ethics Training Requirements FAQ

What do local officials need to do to comply with California’s requirements for biennial ethics training for specified local officials (sometimes referred to as “AB 1234″ after the legislation that created the requirements)?


Institute Ethics Education Options

The Institute offers onsite training to local officials at conferences, regional meetings and at individual local agencies. Proceeds from such training support the Institute’s work in public service ethics.


The Institute’s Self Study Program and the FPPC Online Alternative

There are several alternative options for satisfying California’s ethics education requirements.


Ethics Education Resources for Trainers

The Institute offers a number of resources designed to help local agency attorneys help their clients comply with California’s ethics training requirements.


Sample Notice of Ethics Training Options

State law (Government Code Section 53235(f)) requires local agencies to advise local officials subject to California’s ethics education requirements about their compliance options at least once annually.