Certificate in Compliance


The Certificate in Compliance program consists of a series of courses that are combined to provide information on compliance issues as they relate to various areas of the university. By completing eight courses within this series, a participant may earn the Certificate in Compliance. To earn a certificate, the eight courses must be completed within a two-year period.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendment Act
  • Background Screening Procedures
  • Conducting Effective Recruitments
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act-FERPA (also available online)
  • I–9 Form Workshop
  • Intersections: Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence (also available online)
  • Medical Leaves of Absence and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • P-Card Cardholder Training (Online)
  • P-Card Manager Training (Online)
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act-PPACA
  • Protecting Public and Student Educational Records
  • The Role of Veterans' Preference in the Recruitment and Selection Process
    • What you need to know about Risk Management at UWF
  • Workers’ Compensation and Environmental Safety Training

Upon completion of the eight courses for the Certificate in Compliance, employees must complete a Verification of Professional Development Completion Form and submit it to Human Resources to receive the certificate.

Courses that were previously a part of the Compliance program will still count towards a certificate as long as they are completed within two years of completing the certificate program. These courses are: 

  • Public Records
  • White Collar Crime
  • Identity Theft: Protecting Personal Information
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Social Media
  • Records Management
  • Conducting Effective Employment Searches
  • Public Records Retention & Disposition
  • Personal Identifier Policy
  • Employee Credit Card Security Training
  • Sexual Violence, Sexual Misconduct, and Gender-Based Discrimination - Title IX
  • Preventing Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Enhancing Employee Identity Theft Awareness
  • The Power of Positive Discipline and Performance Documentation

For more information on the Certificate in Compliance, please contact Human Resources at 850-474-2694.

Course Outline

Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendment Act

Course Description: This session will familiarize participants with disability laws and changes the Amendments Act of 2008 made to the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, participants will learn the when, why and how of providing a reasonable accommodation to employees, assistance with mobility and accessibility issues, and other services available on campus for people with disabilities.

Background Screening Procedures

Course Description: This class provides a detailed overview of the pre-employment background screening procedures once a contingent offer of employment is made.  You’ll learn to identify the different types of employees, how to complete the required forms, the difference between a Level 1 and Level 2 background screening request, and how to access the resources available to you to complete the background screening process.

Conducting Effective Recruitments

Course Description:  Participants will learn how to conduct effective recruitments for both a Sunshine Recruitment and a non-Sunshine Recruitment. Participants will learn the intricacies of a Sunshine Recruitment; and gain knowledge on the role and responsibilities of the hiring official, the search committee chair, and the search committee in order to conduct fair and effective recruitments. The participants will also learn the role and responsibilities of the hiring official for a non-Sunshine Recruitment and how others can participate without triggering the Sunshine Law.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) may also be completed online at any time

Course Description: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted by Congress in order to protect the privacy of students and their parents. Understanding FERPA is key for everyone employed in higher education. This course provides a more detailed view of how FERPA applies, what you need to be aware of, and how to ensure you are in compliance. This course does not fulfill the FERPA component of the Certified Knowledge Worker Training that staff who need access to Banner/Student data are required to take.

I–9 Form Workshop

Course Description: This session is intended for UWF staff members who are responsible for completing new hire essential documents.  The entire class is devoted to providing guidance on what we consider one of the most important new hire forms -- the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form.  This workshop will cover the following:  The purpose of the I-9, how to properly complete the form, timing requirements, verification of documents,  process for remote hires, process for International Students, and prohibited practices. 

Intersections: Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence (Online)

Course Description: This is a comprehensive training program that provides essential information that employees need to know about what constitutes unlawful discrimination and harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence in the workplace and academic settings. This UWF training is mandatory for all university employees and must be completed every two years. The training includes a separate "acknowledgment of Responsibilities" form. Both the training and the acknowledgment form are required and accessible through SCOOP via MyUWF.   

Medical Leaves of Absence and Family Leave Act (FMLA)

Course Description: This session will discuss the medical leave provisions and planning covered in University Policy HR-18.00 and a general overview of the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Topics will include the new provisions for military benefits involving returning injured military family members and special exigency (leave for family members of military reservists who are in preparation for or returning from certain deployments), and the coordination of various leave types and benefits.

P-Card Cardholder Training (Online)

Course Description: This course provides new P-Card cardholders and P-Card Managers with a thorough understanding of the P-Card system. In addition to this course, P-Card Managers must complete Banner Basics training and P-Card Managers training. This course covers the following topics: P-Card overview; roles and responsibilities; procedures; commodity codes; and P-Card reports. This is an online course that participants may take at their own pace and begin the course the day after registering. This is an online course that participants may take at their own pace.

P-Card Manager Training (Online)

Course Description: This course will familiarize new P-Card managers with the purchase approval process. Before taking this course, new P-Card managers must complete P-Card Basic Training and Banner Basic Training. This course covers the following topics: Approving P-Card purchases, splitting charges, and searching for a vendor. This is an online course that participants may take at their own pace and begin the course the day after registering. This is an online course that participants may take at their own pace.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

Course Description: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare" is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.

Protecting Public and Student Educational Records 

Course Description:  Course Description: This session will cover what portions of records are considered confidential Public and/or Student Educational Records and how to properly maintain and share confidential Public and/or Student Educational Records.  This course will specifically address the use of Personal Cloud Computing Services for University Business.

The Role of Veterans' Preference in the Recruitment and Selection Process

Course Description: This session provides a detailed overview of the employment requirements governing veterans’ preference in employment. You will learn what your responsibilities are as a hiring official in selecting a finalist for a veterans’ preference eligible position, including what positions are eligible for veterans’ preference, the requirements for job posting and external advertisements, and the applicant selection process.

Workers’ Compensation and Environmental Safety Training

Course Description: This training includes updates on the latest workers' compensation and safety information. The Workers' Compensation portion includes supervisor and employee responsibilities for documenting and reporting incidents in a timely manner and return to work policies. The Environmental Health and Safety training includes what you need to know about Risk Management at UWF. State of Florida and UWF's insurance including Florida's state automobile policy called "Know before you Go".