Continuing Education Guidelines
The continuing education programs for the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas are designed to further the education of its members by developing and promoting seminars and conference that are beneficial to the members of the Association. The educational programs will include information on the statutory, constitutional and administrative duties of a county and district clerk.
As a new county or district clerk you are required to receive continuing education from the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Texas for the topics Public Information Act and Open Records and Meeting Act. This education is required within the first three months of taking office and can be taken on-line at: https://www.oag.state.tx.us/open/og_training.shtml
Government Code 51.605 requires a clerk complete 20 hours of instruction regarding the performance of the clerk’s duties of office during each calendar year that begins after the clerk’s election or appointment to office.
The County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas provide three education opportunities annually in collaboration with Texas Association of Counties the Winter Conference, the CDCAT Annual summer conference which is scheduled in June at the designated conference city and a Fall Conference. There are also many other educational providers that you may receive CE Hours. A list of all approved conferences and dates are maintained on this website under Conference Events and on the Home Page.
Continuing Education Certificates are available on the CE Tracker of the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas and provided to active members who have met or exceeded the 20 hour requirement. The Certificates are available for you to print for your records.
CE Hours Tracker/CE Hours Forms
CDCAT now has an on-line Continuing Education Hours Tracker program that provides members with the ability to log continuing education hours on-line, check hours you have submitted, and track continuing education hours for your staff. An application for staff members is available on the website. The CE Hours website is: http://cdcat.cehourstracker.com. If you are a clerk you are in the database.
Every conference that has requested approval for CE Hours from CDCAT will provide a form upon attendance.
Pursuant to the CDCAT Bylaws it is the clerk’s responsibility to enter their CE hours in the CE Tracker System. Once your hours have been logged in they will be approved by the Vice President of the Association and a history will be available for your viewing. At the end of the year a certificate of completion will be prepared and made available on the CE Tracker System under the My Info Tab for printing for you to print out your own certificate for your records.