RTKL Training

The Office of Open Records regularly conducts training on the Right-to-Know Law for groups that wish to learn about the application of the RTKL, including both agencies and requesters. In addition, the OOR often partners with various organizations or associations (e.g., the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania State Associations of Township Supervisors, and the Pennsylvania State Associations of Boroughs) to provide a presenter or panelist.

The OOR's basic RTKL training session includes a PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of the mechanics of requesting records under the RTKL, the agency's response, and the RTKL appeals process. The length of a basic RTKL training can vary depending on the format or the number of questions and discussion, although we can be flexible with time availability. We can also tailor a presentation to address a specific audience, such as agency officials, Open Records Officers, attorneys, community activists, or law enforcement officers.

In order to conduct a training, the OOR requires at least 30 days advance notice and a minimum of 15 attendees. Our experience is that once a notice is posted that you're hosting a session, the classes fill up quickly. We ask that the requesting group or agency designate an individual to arrange logistics for the training session. A training session with less than 15 attendees will be scheduled for a regional session to be conducted at a nearby location as deemed necessary.

To request training on the RTKL and/or the Sunshine Act, please complete this online training request form or call the OOR at (717) 346-9903. George Spiess, Chief of Outreach and Training, will get in touch with you as soon as possible.


Training Resources

Oct. 2016 OOR Annual Training - RTKL & Sunshine Act (includes downloadable presentations)

Oct. 2016 OOR Annual Training - video courtesy of PCN

Flowchart of the RTKL Request and Appeal Process

Training Request Form


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