Professional Guardian Registration

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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE PROFESSIONAL GUARDIAN REGISTRATION PROCESS

  • Complete the Professional Guardian course. The course is 40 hours in length. You can view current class offerings at CE Broker.
    • FINDING COURSES IN CE BROKER:
      • Under LOCATION select “Florida”
      • Under PROFESSION select “Professional Guardian”
      • Under FILTERS select “Live”
      • Under ALL SUBJECTS select “Initial 40 Hour Course”
      • Leave all the other fields blank to see courses throughout Florida.
  • Pass Florida Professional Guardian Examination. Applicants must show competency in guardianship by successfully completing the Florida Professional Guardian Examination. The examination is a comprehensive test consisting of multiple choice questions related to best practices in guardianship of the person and estate.
    • FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SCHEDULED EXAMS visit The MacDonald Research Institute (TMRI) Professional Guardian Examination at this link or call (813) 991-0444 or email at oppgtest.tmri@gmail.com.
  • Obtain a copy of your complete credit report. A report from any of the three credit reporting agencies is acceptable. All agencies are required to provide a free report once a year upon request. To order a credit report, visit this link, or call 1-877-322-8228. Must be a complete credit report, not a summary, and show all accounts and payment history.
  • Fingerprinting/background check – Applicants must undergo fingerprinting before they can be registered with the OPPG. Fingerprints can be processed locally, go to this link to find a location in your county. A level 2 background screen is required every 5 years.
    • WHEN SCHEDULING APPOINTMENT: Choose “Professional Guardian” as the AGENCY NAME. For the APPLICATION COUNTY, choose the county where the guardian’s primary place of business is located. The Office of Public & Professional Guardians will be notified of the results once your fingerprints have been processed. 
  • Obtain a $50,000 blanket bond. Contact a bonding company in your area.
  • Register with the Office of Public & Professional Guardians. Applicants must complete a registration form available here or call 850-414-2381 to have one mailed. There is a $35.00 registration fee required.
    • We must have your original signature on page 4 of the application, along with the following:
      • Certificate of Completion of the 40-hour Professional Guardian Course
      • Letter indicating passage of the Guardianship Competency Exam
      • $50,000 Blanket Bond
      • Credit History
      • Check for Registration Fee

If you should have any questions regarding OPPG registration, please email: DOEA OPPG Registration at OPPGregistration@elderaffairs.org

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