Ethics Training for County Commissioners

In 2009 the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation (S.L. 2009-403) that requires local governing boards to adopt a code of ethics (G.S. 160A-86) and requires board members to receive ethics training (G.S. 160A-87).

The education provision requires local governing board members to receive a minimum of 2 clock hours of ethics education within 12 months after initial election or appointment to office and again within 12 months after each subsequent election or appointment to office. The NCACC and N.C. League of Municipalities partner with the School of Government to make ethics training opportunities available to county and municipal officials.

The School of Government has made available on its website a resource guide on the code of ethics and training opportunities. Visit www.sog.unc.edu/node/1110 for more information. Current available training opportunities are listed at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming Ethics Training Opportunities


  • Ethics for Local Elected Officials Live and On-Demand Webinars
    Live offering is Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. On-demand webinar will then be available June through October 2018. The $150 registration grants access to the training for the registrant and all other members of his/her Board of Commissioners.
  • Essentials of County Government and Workshop for Veteran Elected Officials - four regional offerings beginning in January 2019.
  • Ethics Session at 2019 NCACC Annual Conference - Thursday, August 22
  1. You’ve Won Your Election – Time for Ethics Training!

    Elections are over, TV ads are back to normal, and mail boxes are no longer full of campaign flyers. Among the duties required of newly elected and reelected local government officials is that they participate in mandatory ethics training. Additional Info...
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