4-Hour Florida Ethics in Government Course


About Course

The 4-Hour Florida Ethics in Government Course satisfies the state’s annual ethics training requirement mandated by the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees (Code of Ethics) and applicable to elected municipal officers, constitutional officers, and others (contained in s. 112.3142, F.S.). In accordance with the legal mandate the training consists of two hours of Ethics Law (covering Florida’s ethics laws and Art. II, s. 8, Fla. Const.), one hour of Sunshine Law (Ch. 286, F.S.), and one hour of Public Records Law (Ch. 119, F.S.) education.


This online course is available on demand, allows participants to stop and start the material at their convenience, and provides attendees with a Certificate of Completion once done.


This course has been approved for 4.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit (4.0 General | 3.0 Ethics | 4.0 Certification Credits: State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice) by the Florida Bar.


About Your Instructor:

The course is led by Caroline Klancke, an attorney-ethicist with more than 15 years of ethics law experience. Ms. Klancke is the former General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director of the Florida Commission on Ethics where she assisted the agency in its constitutional mandate to interpret and enforce the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees. Prior to her tenure with the Commission on Ethics, she served as Chief Ethics Officer and Senior Attorney with the Florida Public Service Commission. She is the author of the Florida Ethics Law Handbook—the only comprehensive guide to governmental ethics regulations in Florida. Ms. Klancke is well versed in the areas of ethics, public records, and open public meetings law compliance. She has developed and led ethics trainings and educational programs for the Commission on Ethics, the Florida Bar, Florida Association of Counties, and others. In 2015, the Florida Government Bar Association selected her as a finalist for Government Attorney of the Year.

What Will You Learn?

  • Florida’s Ethics Laws (2 Hours)
  • Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law (1 Hour)
  • Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law (1 Hour)


  • Florida Public Officials
  • Florida Public Employees
  • Citizen Ethics Advocates
  • Lawyers working in the areas of government or media law