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 in College Station in January, University of Texas at Austin/School of Law in April and the CDCAT Annual summer conference which is scheduled in June at the designated conference city. 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.
Continuing Education Certificates are prepared by the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas and provided to active members who have met or exceeded the 20 hour requirement. Certificates are prepared and available at the conference in January.
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.
If you choose to send your form in the old fashion way, and not utilize the CE Hours Tracker system, the hours will be logged by the officer into the on-line system and a history will still be available for your viewing at the site, or upon your request.