Ethics Commission Online Test for Town Officials

Required Online Training
The State Ethics Commission’s new conflict of interest law training program is now available and it is time for all employees and committee members to take it.  All state, county and municipal employees are required by law to complete online training on the conflict of interest law every two years.

The program can also be accessed through the Ethics Commission’s website by clicking the online training image module located in the center of the homepage.

Deadline
You need to complete the State Ethics Commission’s new conflict of interest law online training program by April 5, 2013.

Completion Certificate
If you access the program online, you will have to print out a completion certificate as evidence that you have complied with the online training requirement.

Instructions
Optimal Web Browsers
The programs were designed to work with the Internet Explorer web browser.  While the programs will work with other browsers, such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome, some features may not work or display correctly.

The programs are optimized to run on Internet Explorer at 100% view. To adjust your view settings, go to the toolbar at the upper left-hand side of the browser page, select “View”, and then select “Zoom” from the drop-down menu and select 100%.

Pop-up blockers should be disabled. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the program to disable pop-up blockers on your computer.

Audio & Video
The programs include audio and video components. If headphones are available to you, you may wish to wear them while completing the training to minimize office noise and distraction.

If you have difficulty following the audio portions of the program, you can click the “Script” menu tab, located next to the “Contents” menu tab, on the left column of the program screen.  In addition, you may view and print the entire course script by clicking the “Options” menu tab and then clicking “View Script.”

Helpful Resources
The “Options” and “Help” menus appear on every page throughout the training and provide access to helpful resources, such as accessibility information, the program scripts, and a glossary of terms. They are located near the top right of the online training program screen.

If the video does not play on your computer, please verify that you have the Adobe Flash Player plug-in (version 10 or higher) downloaded to your computer. Please refer to the System Requirements document by clicking the “Help” menu tab, then clicking “System Requirements” located near the top right of the online training program screen.

The programs should take about an hour to complete. If at any time during the program your browser has trouble loading a page, use your refresh button. If you have to restart the program, use the table of contents on the left-hand column of the page and click on the “Lesson” to return to your place.

Assessments
At the end of each training program, there are 2 10-question course assessments. You should choose the one appropriate course assessment depending on whether you are an Elected Municipal Official/Board or Commission member, or an Appointed Municipal Employee.

After you complete the appropriate course assessment, follow the prompts on the screen for instructions on printing your completion certificate.

Be sure to submit the completion certificate to your department head or to the town clerk, and keep a copy for your records.