FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
here to see 2019 FOIA training calendar.
its statutory mission to conduct educational programs about
FOIA, the FOIA Council provides training upon request to interested
groups, such as the staff of state and local agencies, members
of local governing bodies, media organizations, citizen organizations,
and any other group that wishes to learn more about FOIA.
Staff from the FOIA Council will travel to the location of
the group requesting training. The training is tailored to
meet the needs of the particular group, can range from 45
minutes to several hours, and can present a general overview
of FOIA or focus specifically on particular exemptions or
portions of FOIA frequently used by that group or organization.
requesting training are strongly encouraged, but not required,
to consolidate training by including other like organizations
within a single or neighboring jurisdiction(s) wherever possible.
training is free of charge and is available generally from
March through November. Because the FOIA Council is a legislative
agency, training is generally not available while the General
Assembly is in session.
Council's training is preapproved by the Virginia State Bar
for continuing legal education credit for licensed attorneys,
the Department of Criminal Justice Services for law-enforcement
in-service credit, the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association,
and the Virginia School Board Association for academy points.
are interested in setting up FOIA training, please call the
FOIA Council at (804) 698- 1810 [local] or 1-866-448-4100
[toll free]. We suggest that you contact us as soon as you
have potential dates in mind for training so as to avoid scheduling
Council views its training duty as its most important mission
and welcomes every opportunity to provide FOIA training programs.