Certification Information

Certification Requirements

Certification is achieved by completing 36 hours of professional development activity. Hours may be accumulated through participation in the following:

 

Required courses to receive Register of Deeds certification are the Register of Deeds School (24 hours), and at least one Webcast KSU Course in-person or online (3 hours). The Kansas Register of Deeds Association recommends earning the remaining 9 hours with the June Seminar, the Fall Kansas Register of Deeds Association Meeting Workshop, and the second Webcast KSU Course. However, hours can also be earned through pre-approved activities offered by any of the approved associations through a Self-Report. Programs provided by organizations not on the list may be submitted for review by the Register of Deeds Education Committee.

The 36 hours required for first-time certification do not need to be completed in a single year – Registers of Deeds may accumulate hours over multiple years to reach 36 hours. Re-certification hours must be earned in the same year (see below).

Anyone taking office between Register of Deeds School offerings can begin earning hours with other opportunities. However, the next Register of Deeds School will be required to earn the Certified Register of Deeds plaque.


Re-certification Requirements

The Register of Deeds Association recognizes the need for continuing professional development. Re-certification is offered for those that have already accomplished the initial certification either as a Deputy or ROD.  Re-certification may be obtained by completing 6 hours or more of professional development activity per calendar year. A minimum of 3 hours must be obtained through the Webcast Courses offered through the Kansas State University program. The additional 3 or more hours may be obtained either from a Webcast KSU Course or other approved association courses. A list of approved associations is provided for your reference.

The Kansas State University program will provide 6 hours of coursework per calendar year, one 3-hour course in the spring and one in the fall, via webcast, online course, or other appropriate means. The Kansas Register of Deeds Association provides another 6 hours, 3 hours at the June seminar and 3 hours at the KCOA Fall conference.

Various levels of re-certification will be offered as follows:
Bronze re-certification – 6 hours
Silver re-certification – 9 hours
Gold re-certification – 10 or more hours


Professional Development Certificates

*Note:  Some RODS and Deputy RODS were certified before the requirements for certification, adding ROD School, changed in 2011.

Kansas State University and the Register of Deeds Association recognizes the importance of assuring continued competence in your profession.  Those Register of Deeds that have not yet accomplished the initial certification as described above are eligible to receive a certificate of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) if they complete 6 hours or more of some related learning activity per calendar year.

A minimum of 3 hours must be obtained through the Webcast Courses offered through the Kansas State University program. The additional 3 or more hours may be obtained either from a Webcast KSU Course or other approved association courses. A list of approved associations is provided for your reference.

Those CPDs can be used to meet the certification requirements of the program jointly administered by the Kansas Association of Register of Deeds and Kansas State University Global Campus.

The Kansas State University program will provide 6 hours of coursework per calendar year, one 3-hour course in the spring and one in the fall, via webcast, online course, or other appropriate means. The Kansas Register of Deeds Association provides another 6 hours, 3 hours at the June seminar and 3 hours at the KCOA Fall Conference.

Various levels of certified professional development participation will be offered as follows:
Bronze re-certification – 6 hours
Silver re-certification – 9 hours
Gold re-certification – 10 or more hours


Deputy Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds Certification/Re-certification Program was designed to provide professional development opportunities solely for Registers of Deeds in the State of Kansas. However, Deputy Registers of Deeds may participate if they have the written approval of their local Register. Written approval needs to be submitted to John Murray (jsmurray@ksu.edu) for the files prior to credit being applied toward certification. Deputies may complete the same coursework, with the same requirements, including attending a Register of Deeds School, and will be issued a certificate as a “Certified Deputy Register of Deed.” If a Deputy Register is later elected as the Register, they will be required to complete the same one-year re-certification program required of all Registers of Deeds before they will be issued a plaque.


Maintenance of Certification Records:

Certification records will be maintained by the Kansas State University Global Campus.


Continuing Education Hours

Participants may receive official Continuing Education certificates that certify a set number of contact hours of learning activity.  These hours are tracked for a permanent record of participation in continuing education programs conducted under responsible sponsorship and qualified instruction. A nominal fee of $10 is automatically calculated into the cost of all Webcast KSU Courses to cover the cost of CE administration and record keeping.