Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program
Pre-service Course Information

Who should attend?

Individuals interested in serving as guardian ad litem must complete a six hour pre-service training course which meets the minimum requirements set under the education requirement of Superintendence Rule 48. Certain GAL pre-service courses taken before the rule’s effective date of March 1, 2009 satisfy this requirement (see FAQ #9 for a list of qualifying courses).

Attendance at a GAL pre-service course gives the Judicial College permission to share attendees’ information with their local area courts for use in appointing GALs. Individuals who have already attended a pre-service course or who are not interested in serving as guardians ad litem should not attend.

Individuals interested in serving as guardian ad litem should first contact their local court before registering with the Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program Pre-Service course to determine the court’s specific qualifications for guardians ad litem to be added to the appointment list.

Is there a cost for this course?

This course is available free of charge for a limited time.

Is this course approved for CLE or CPE?

We’ve requested:

Continuing Legal Education
General CLE - 6.0 hours

Continuing Professional Education
CSWMFTB - 6.0 hours

Attendance at the entire course (8:45 am – 4:30 pm) is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.

How to register

  1. Go to http://judicialecademy.ohio.gov/
  2. Select “Login or create an account” at the upper right corner of the page.
  3. To Login:
    • Ohio Attorneys: Login on the left side using your Ohio Attorney Registration number (username) and Attorney Services password.
    • Non-Attorneys: Login on the left side or create an account.
      • If you do not have a username and password, go to “New User? Register” and follow the instructions to create your own account. You will receive an email within three business days with your approval status.
    • Forgot your username or password? Click the "Forgot your username/password?" link under the login box and follow the specific instructions regarding whether you are an Ohio attorney or a non-attorney.
  4. Upon logging in to Judicial eCademy, scroll to the search results window.
  5. Select the course you wish to attend and click "Register online," then follow the steps to complete your registration.
  6. Upon completion of your registration, an email confirmation will be sent.

Registration will not be available at the door. Pre-registration is necessary and walk-in registrants will not be admitted.

Cancellations

To cancel your registration, login to Judicial eCademy, search for your registered course and select "unregister." If you cannot attend the course, you MUST notify us three days prior to the course. Late cancellations and “no shows” are still costs incurred by the Supreme Court and will cause other GALs to be closed out due to space limitations.

Please direct questions related to course content to Guardian ad Litem Education Coordinator Melissa Leonard or Education Program Manager James Landon. Questions related to registration should be directed to Registrar Patti Reid. All may be reached at 614.387.9445.

Register for a GAL Pre-Service Course

2014 Dates Locations
Jan. 29 Columbus
Feb. 19 Dayton
April 2 Cincinnati
May 13 Columbus
June 24 Toledo
August 6 Columbus
September 9 Cleveland
October 22 Youngstown
December 2 Columbus