Types of Ethics Training Available

Live (in-person or remote webinar) Ethics Training:

The Rhode Island Ethics Commission is presently scheduling trainings for Rhode Island public officials and employees to introduce people to the Ethics Commission and present information about the Code of Ethics by which all elected and appointed officials and employees of state and local governments are bound.  Trainings may be presented in-person or via remote video webinar and can last anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.  The trainings are tailored to meet the particular needs and interests of individual groups.  While generally offered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, arrangements can be made for trainings in the early evening hours and on the occasional Saturday.  There is no cost to participate in ethics training.

To arrange an in-person or remote webinar training session for your group, contact the Ethics Commission’s Education Coordinator, Lynne Radiches, at (401) 222-3790, ext. 24.  You may also email Lynne at


Online Training Modules:

The Ethics Commission is pleased to announce that ethics training is now available online through the RI Learning Center.

The course, entitled "Introduction to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission and the Rhode Island Code of Ethics," is intended to provide participants with a working knowledge of the Code of Ethics which sets forth standards of conduct for all Rhode Island public officials and employees. 

There are a total of seven modules in the training, each 7-10 minutes in length.  They can be taken in any order and need not be taken in one sitting.  The entire course was designed to be completed in about an hour.  The modules include:

Module 1: Introduction 

Module 2: Conflict of Interest and Recusal  

Module 3: Nepotism      

Module 4: Guide to Prohibited Activities, Part 1  

Module 5: Guide to Prohibited Activities, Part 2  

Module 6: Advisory Opinions and Complaints      

Module 7: Financial Disclosure

Online training is not intended to replace in-person training but is offered as a convenient supplement or when immediate access to information is needed.

Registration for Online Training:  

Online Training Registration for State Elected and Appointed Officials and Employees:

The heads of state agencies are encouraged to contact Alicia Ridge, Chief Learning Officer within the Office of Learning and Development at, to request that their agency be enrolled for online ethics training.  Alicia will send a link to each of the agency’s registered employees so that they may take advantage of this opportunity.

Online Training Registration for Municipal Elected and Appointed Officials and Employees:

Although this course is open to all persons that are subject to the Code of Ethics, registration for non-state employees is limited to 200 people at a time. 

The process is easy:

  1. A request to access the online training should be directed to the Ethics Commission's Education Coordinator, Lynne Radiches, at
  2. The applicant must include his or her name, email address, and official title. 
  3. Within 3-5 business days, the applicant should receive an email from Alicia Ridge from the RI Learning Center containing a code and a link that will allow the applicant to access the course.  The training has both visual and audio content.  Transcripts of the audio content can be accessed on the learning site as needed. 
  4. The applicant will then have up to 30 days to complete the online training.  If the course has not been completed within 30 days, the account that was created for that person will be deleted in order to make room for someone else.   The applicant can always request to take the training at a later date. 
  5. Once the applicant has completed the training, the account that was created for that person will be deleted.