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The Center for Government Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in cooperation with New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, offers a 60-hour course to become a licensed Inspector of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings, and a 60-hour course to become a Housing Code Official.

In December 2001, the regulations for the Maintenance of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings were modified to grant local inspectors the right to enforce those regulations in their own jurisdictions. Licensed inspectors have the privilege of upholding the standards of health and safety for those who occupy hotels and multiple dwellings in New Jersey.

These courses are offered regionally. Groups are formed when enough students have expressed interest.

Course Descriptions

 

Inspector of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings

60 hours
Inspectors of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings are authorized to carry out field inspection of hotels and multiple dwellings within an enforcing agency such as a municipality, or for the State of New Jersey, under the supervision of a licensed Housing Code Official in accordance with the State Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law and regulations.

Housing Code Official

60 hours
Housing Code Officials are authorized to act as the first line supervisor in an enforcing agency responsible for the administration and enforcement of the State Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law and regulations.

This course is open to holders of a valid Inspector of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings license. Course topics include a review of the hotel and multiple dwelling law, administration and enforcement, fundamentals of communication, managing inspections and investigations, and testifying at a trial.

Continuing Education

For additional information on how to obtain a Hotel and Multiple Dwelling license and specific licensing requirements, contact the Department of Community Affairs at 609-984-7834.

To see Rutgers Center for Government Services’ full continuing education course offerings for inspectors of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings and Housing Code Officials, visit the web page.

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The Center for Government Services is a tenant of the Matrix Plaza Centre complex, located at the corner of George and New Streets in Downtown New Brunswick, NJ. The offices are housed on the sixth (top) floor of the building named Matrix Plaza Centre I. The address is as follows:

Center for Government Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
303 George Street - Suite 604
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2020

Driving Directions

Via Garden State Parkway Southbound
Take Exit 129 for the New Jersey Turnpike and head south. Take Turnpike Exit 9, bear right after the tollbooths and follow signs for "Route 18 North - New Brunswick." Bear to the left to continue on Route 18. The right-hand lane will be exiting for Route 1 South, so stay in the middle lane. The two left-hand lanes will curve to the left and merge with another lane of traffic, which is exiting from Route 1 onto Route 18.
 
* You will come to a traffic light at Paulus Boulevard and there will be five lanes, but the far right lane will disappear shortly after the light. Go straight through the light and get into one of the two remaining right lanes. Traffic will split, and you should stay to the right. You will go through two more lights quickly and then see the New Street exit on the right.
 
** Take the New Street exit to the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp, at the intersection of New and Nielsen Streets. On the far right corner sits Matrix New Street Garage, which is available for your use for the daily charge of $3.00 per hour. It is adjacent to the back side of Matrix Plaza Centre II, a tan-colored structure facing George Street, which is the next cross street. Go straight through the light at Nielsen. The lot entrance to the lot is in the middle of the block on the right.
 
Via Garden State Parkway Northbound
Take Exit 105 and follow signs for Route 18 North. After approximately 24 miles, you will pass the entrance for the New Jersey Turnpike. Stay to the left and continue on Route 18 North. Follow the directions above from * above.
 
Via Interstate 287
Turn off Exit 9 "River Road, Bound Brook, Highland Park." Proceed East on River Road toward Highland Park. Make a right onto Route 18 South. Cross the Raritan River. Stay in the right lane and take the New Street Exit. Follow the Parkway Southbound directions from ** above.
 
Via New Jersey Turnpike
Take Exit 9, bear right after the tollbooths and follow signs for "Route 18 North - New Brunswick." Stay to the left to continue on Route 18. Follow the Parkway Southbound directions from * above.
 
Via US Highway 1 Northbound or Southbound
Take Route 1 to the intersection of Route 18 and take the exit for Route 18 North. Follow the New Jersey Turnpike directions listed above.
 

Parking

Parking is available to CGS students in the Matrix New Street Garage on New Street. The garage is set back from the sidewalk in a space adjacent to the back side of Matrix Plaza Centre II, a tan-colored structure facing George Street (#303/317). Students should be advised that effective 7/01/17, the building's parking authority has increased parking rates. Those students whose classes are scheduled for four (4) hours or less will be eligible for a small discount ($1.00 saved for parking up to four (4) hours) until 12/31/17. Those students whose classes are scheduled for more than four (4) hours are not eligible to receive a discount.
 
The vehicle entrance to the garage is on New Street between George and Neilson Streets. The pedestrian entrance to CGS is at plaza level between Matrix Plaza Centre I and II. An elevator is accessible from the ground level to the left of the stairs, around the New Street side of 303 George Street.
 
If using the stairs, a sign displayed on the first landing reads "The Plaza Buildings - Properties by Matrix." Turn left at the top and proceed to the entrance marked "303 George Street." Sign in with the security guard stationed at the front desk and take one of the two passenger elevators to the sixth floor. Walls are marked with "Division of Continuing Studies" signage. Classrooms A and B are housed in Suite 600, and Classroom C is housed in Suite 608.
 

Public Transportation

Via Rail
New Brunswick Station is a stop on the New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor Line with connections to Amtrak. Trains run frequently from New York City, Newark International Airport and Philadelphia. View train schedules at the NJ Transit website.
 
CGS is approximately five minutes walking distance from the station. Cross Albany Street (Route 27) and turn left. Turn right onto George Street and proceed through four intersections. At the corner of George and New Streets is the Matrix Plaza Centre complex. The CGS offices are housed on the sixth (top) floor of the building named Matrix Plaza Centre I.
 
Via Bus
Bus Routes 810, 811, 815 and 818 all provide service to New Brunswick at the intersection of George Street and Albany/Somerset Streets. View bus schedules at the NJ Transit website.
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The Center for Government Services welcomes your questions and inquiries. Please feel free to contact us.

Center for Government Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
303 George Street - Suite 604
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2020

Phone: 732-932-3640
Fax: 732-932-3586
Email: cgs@docs.rutgers.edu

Center for Executive Leadership in Government
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
303 George Street, Ste 610
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 732-932-6998 x603
Email: celg@docs.rutgers.edu

CGS Staff & Specific Program Areas

Alan Zalkind
Director 732-932-3640, ext. 640
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Kathi Cupano
Assistant Director for Curriculum Development 732-932-3640, ext. 632
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Mary Jean Lush
Department Administrator 732-932-3640, ext. 628
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Judy Alusik  
Unit Coordinator/Specialist 732-932-3640, ext. 650
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Olga Chaban    
Senior Program Coordinator
732-932-3640, ext. 629
 
Pamela Chappelle
Senior Program Coordinator
732-932-3640, ext. 629
 
Renza Chendak
Research Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 630
 
Maria Chigirovich
Secretarial Assistant III
732-932-3640, ext. 648
 
Christine Cicio
Senior Program Coordinator
732-932-3640, ext. 654
 
Louis Demian
Secretarial Assistant III
732-932-3640, ext. 644
 
Laura Flagg
Senior Program Coordinator
732-932-3640, ext. 623
 
Alana Gill
Business Assistant II
732-932-3640, ext. 625
 
Priscilla Hamilton
Administrative Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 646
 
Peggy Hines
Program Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 647 
 
Thomas Kenny
Program Coordinator II 732-932-3640, ext. 636
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Cathy Marshall
Administrative Coordinator 732-932-3640, ext. 641
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Edyta Nagorska
Business Specialist Supervisor
732-932-3640, ext. 634
 
Diana Orsini
732-932-3640 ext. 643 

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Danielle Parenti 
Administrative Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 626
 
Dr. Ernest Reock
Professor Emeritus 732-932-3640, ext. 633
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Gina Schober
Research Project Coordinator 732-932-3640, ext. 637
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Despina "Debbie" Steinert
Administrative Coordinator 732-932-3640, ext. 642
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Rutgers Center for Government Services, in partnership with New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Response Unit, announces instructor employment opportunities for Confined Space Operations.

Course Descriptions

 

CONFINED SPACE OPERATIONS 

16 hours
This course is designed for all levels of emergency response and those who will enter into confined spaces as part of their normal work duties and rescue situations. They may act as attendants, entrant, and supervisor. This course includes lock-out/tag-out operations, air monitoring, patient packaging, tripod operations, practical evolutions, and rope and rigging techniques. 

Hazardous Materials Technician

80 hours

This course provides Haz-Mat Team members with advanced training beyond the Operations level.  Attendees receive standardized information and basic training in specific areas of protective equipment, monitoring devices, decontamination, hazard risk, tank trucks, rail cars, and others containment devices.  Attendees will explore the federal rules and regulations as established through OSHA, NJ PEOSH, EPA, and the State of New Jersey.  This course will prepare attendees to rapidly assess and correctly recognize the hazards, take both defensive and offensive actions to mitigate, and identify responsibilities in a command and control role at the scene of a hazardous material release.  Instruction includes classroom and hands on exercises.

Instructor Requirements

Individuals interested in applying as an instructor for this course must complete the appropriate documents in the Downloads box on the right sidebar of this web page.

Submission Instructions

Please submit résumé and all supporting documentation as detailed above in "Instructor Requirements" via one of the following delivery systems:

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Hazardous Materials Response Training Program
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Center for Government Services
303 George Street, Suite 604
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2020

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flagg@docs.rutgers.edu or tf1@docs.rutgers.edu

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Introduction: 

This series of courses is designed to train municipal and county finance personnel in the responsibility of everyday fiscal operations. All eight courses are required for the state designation of Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO).

The Municipal Finance Administration (MFA) for CMFOs course is an option for the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk, Qualified Purchasing Agent and/or Registered Public Purchasing Official/Specialist, the alternatives being MFA for Clerks and MFA for Public Purchasing Personnel.

Municipal finance officers, treasurers, clerks, purchasing agents, tax collectors, commissioners of finance, council members, other municipal officials, and interested citizens are invited to enroll in the courses as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

Final examinations are administered and the passing grade is 80%. Failure requires students to re-take the course.

The CMFO curriculum includes a prerequisite of basic accounting knowledge to ensure that students are adequately prepared to complete the program. A minimum of six credits in Introduction to Financial Accounting and/or Managerial Accounting (Accounting 101 and 102) at the college level, or completion of the Introduction to Accounting course, is required prior to attendance in the Current Fund I and subsequent accounting courses. An opportunity to "test-out” of the introduction course is available for individuals whose experience with accounting principles has prepared them to meet the demands of the curriculum. To make arrangements to take the test, call 732-932-3640, ext. 632; the exam administration carries a $150 fee.

Course Descriptions

 

Introduction to Accounti​ng 

15 hours
Prerequisite: None
This course has been added to the Certified Municipal Finance Officer's program to ensure that students are adequately prepared to successfully complete the program. The course is applicable to all those who do not possess six credits in Introduction to Financial Accounting or Managerial Accounting (Accounting 101 and 102) at the college level. Successful completion of this course is required prior to attendance in Current Fund I and subsequent accounting courses. A final exam is given. 

Municipal Finance Administration (CMFO)

26 hours
Prerequisite: None
This introductory course in the field of municipal finance is designed to provide a foundation for a better understanding of New Jersey local government fiscal affairs. Major areas of instruction cover the institutional framework of local government in New Jersey, the state's role in supervision and assistance, property tax administration and assessment administration, municipal caps, municipal budgeting, budget execution, municipal purchasing, treasury management, and flexible chart of accounts. A final exam is given.

Municipal Budget Process

30 hours
Prerequisite: None
This second course in the sequence acquaints the student with the full budget cycle, with special emphasis on the budget's role as a tool for effective municipal management. Legal requirements concerning the adoption and execution of the official budget are examined, with particular attention to the roles of various municipal officials and the administrative techniques involved. Preparation of departmental budget requests, budget review and cuts, revenues and appropriations, and new budget techniques are covered. Attention also is given to the flexible chart of accounts. Accounting and auditing principles are briefly discussed. Students are encouraged to relate the course work to their current practical budget practices. A final exam is given.

Municipal Current Fund Accounting 1

24 hours
Prerequisite: Municipal Budget Process
This third course focuses on fund accounting in New Jersey. It is designed to prepare the local government finance official for the more advanced accounting courses offered. The student is introduced to basic fund accounting terminology and work sheet preparation. The flexible chart of accounts is also covered. A final exam is given.

Municipal Current Fund Accounting 2 

33 hours
Prerequisite: Municipal Current Fund Accounting 2
This is the fourth course in the municipal finance course sequence. It is designed for those who have responsibility for local government finance. The course covers the application of the principles and theories for the complete municipal accounting cycle. A final exam is given.

Municipal Capital and Trust Fund Accounting 

39 hours
Prerequisite: Municipal Current Fund Accounting 1 and 2
This is the fifth course in the municipal finance course sequence. Students have an opportunity to work on accounting processes and problems during class under the instructor's supervision. Principles of assessment, trust fund accounting, general capital fund accounting, and theory of capital budgeting are also covered. A final exam is given.

Municipal Utility Fund Accounting 

33 hours
Prerequisite: Municipal Capital and Trust Fund Accounting
This is the sixth course in the municipal finance course sequence. Students have an opportunity to work on utility fund accounting processes and problems in class under the instructor's supervision. Course topics include purpose and scope of utility funds, the utility operating fund, theory of capital budgeting, the utility capital fund, and the utility assessment fund. A final exam is given.

Principles of Financial Management 

28 hours
Text: Principles of Financial Management
This seventh course in the municipal finance sequence emphasizes sound financial management practices for finance directors, treasurers, and registered municipal accountants. Elements of financial organization, reporting, planning, debt, pension, investment, insurance administration, and collective bargaining are reviewed through case studies. This is the only course in the sequence required for the issuance of the designation of Certified Municipal Finance Officer for Registered Municipal Accountants (RMA) licensed by the State of New Jersey (see N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140 for details). A final exam is given.

Preparation of Annual Financial Statements 

39 hours
Prerequisite: All accounting courses
This is the eighth and final course in the series designed to teach students the skills necessary to complete an annual financial statement. The course is open only to those students who have completed Municipal Current Fund I and II, Municipal Capital and Trust Fund Accounting, and Municipal Utility Fund Accounting. The course is built around the actual preparation of an annual financial statement by the student. In addition, specific information such as filing deadlines, statutory requirements, the role of the finance officer, and other pertinent issues are reviewed. A final exam is given.

Certified Municipal Finance Officers’ Examination Review: Statutes & Accounting Sections - 14 Hours
These two courses provide examinees with a thorough review of all aspects of prior financial management coursework in preparation for the state certification examination. Course material is supplied prior to the course; therefore, early registration is suggested. Those planning to take the exam must make application to the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Government Services, 30 days in advance of the exam date. 

 

County Fiscal Operations 

33 hours
Prerequisite: All accounting courses
Those wishing to become Certified County Finance Officers (CCFO) must complete the County Fiscal Operations course, successfully complete the eight financial management courses required for CMFO certification (Municipal Finance Administration, Municipal Budget Process, Municipal Current Fund Accounting 1, Municipal Current Fund Accounting 2, Municipal Capital and Trust Fund Accounting, Principles of Financial Management, Preparation of Annual Financial Statement, County Fiscal Operations) in addition to meeting other requirements. 

CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL FINANCE OFFICER (CMFO) AND CERTIFIED COUNTY FINANCE OFFICER CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

For complete certification requirements for the CMFO designation, see N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.1-3.

For additional information on becoming a CMFO or CCFO,contact the Certification Unit, Division of Local Government Services, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, at 609-633-6349, or visit http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dlgs/

Registered Municipal Accountant (RMA) Examination Review Courses 

6 hours each
These five, one-day courses are intensive reviews for those preparing for the Registered Municipal Accountant examination. The modules teach both theory and process through accounting problems and questions from prior RMA examinations. The following topics are covered: Module 1, Municipal Procedures and Practices; Module 2, Current Fund Accounting; Module 3, General and Trust Fund Accounting; Module 4, Utility Fund Accounting; Module 5, RMA Practice Exam. Modules are approved for 7 CPE credits each in Yellow Book Governmental Accounting by the Board of Accountancy under Rutgers University sponsor number 703.

Continuing Education

Rutgers Center for Government Services awards certificates upon satisfactory completion of each Financial Management program course. This is defined as attendance at 80 percent of the class hours, a passing grade of 80 percent or higher, and full payment of all fees.

DCA Continuing Education Credit

Selected program courses qualify for CEU credit toward renewal of the CMFO/CCFO licenses. Call the center at 732-932-3640, ext. 644, for more information.

CPE Continuing Education Credit

The financial management program courses are approved by the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy for CPE credit under New Jersey sponsor number 703.

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Introduction: 

This program provides a comprehensive approach to professional development for housing authority executive directors. Sponsored by the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) in partnership with the Center for Government Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, it has helped participants from around the country stay current with industry standards and gain new insight into the profession for more than a decade.

Classes reinforce the technical, managerial, and strategic competencies required of a successful executive director, blending theoretical concepts with practical problem-solving techniques. The program examines critical functions that serve to define the executive director’s position and provides a structured environment in which mid-career professionals can hone their management skills and enhance their knowledge. 

The 10-course curriculum is modeled after the New Jersey Local Housing Authority and Redevelopment Agency Training Program developed by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The PHADA/Rutgers program has been modified to meet the needs of a national audience, under the direction of PHADA’s Professional Development Committee.

Registration is open to housing authority executive directors and staff only, and commissioners are not eligible to participateCourses are offered three times per year in conjunction with PHADA’s commissioners, national, and legislative conferences. Participants should be able to complete the entire series within 18 months if enrollment is uninterrupted. There is no time restriction associated with the program.

PHADA permits participants to complete up to three (3) of the 10 courses in New Jersey, where they are offered as part of the NJ Local Housing Authority and Redevelopment Agency Training Program. The EDEP courses with NJLHARA Training Program equivalency are identified in the descriptions below.

Participants:

  • Join other directors from around the country in this high-quality program
  • Gain increased prestige and recognition from their peers
  • Network with other senior housing authority officials
  • Support the professionalization of the industry

Course Descriptions

 

Executive Housing Management

This two-day program offers executive directors the opportunity to improve their administrative and leadership skills. Organizational and behavioral issues are analyzed in the context of the key functions of the position, including planning, staffing, and managing. A case study approach is used to cover a wide array of topics, such as time management, performance appraisal, negotiation, conflict resolution, and team building. This course may be completed in the NJLHARA Training Program.

Ethics

This one-day seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the ethical standards and legal requirements relevant to public housing authority officials. Typical state statutes and HUD regulations are examined and applied to ethical issues faced by executive directors using a case study approach.

Financial Management

This one-day course offers the executive director a "big picture" approach to fiscal resource management. Participants learn the basics of budget preparation as well as HUD audit requirements. Management and entrepreneurial options are introduced, which will help executive directors to cope with anticipated changes at HUD.

Legal Issues

This one-day seminar is intended to provide a practical overview of state statutes and federal legal requirements pertaining to housing authorities. Five major topic areas are covered: tenancy and evictions, Section 8 contracts and leases, personnel rights and responsibilities, contractual agreements, and general litigation and liability.

Maintenance Management

Maintenance management includes such diverse topics as budget preparation, staffing, quality control, work order systems, resident involvement, and insurance and liability. This one-day program addresses each of these issues and uses examples of well-maintained public housing authorities to illustrate the concepts learned. This course may be completed in the NJLHARA Training Program.

Personnel Management

This one-day course familiarizes executive directors with the principles of managing people to achieve established goals. Specific management tools, such as performance appraisal systems, are explained, and the components of a good personnel policy are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the role of the executive director in leading and motivating housing authority staff.

Procurement and Contract Management

The components of a “good” procurement policy, responsive to both HUD and state statutes, are presented in this one-day program. HUD requirements for small purchases, emergencies, formal bidding, and competitive negotiations are reviewed in detail, and “typical” state public contract laws are compared. Internal controls for contract performance monitoring are stressed, and contract administration procedures, including the oversight role of the board of commissioners, are discussed.

PHAS/SEMAP

This one-day session reviews the theory behind the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) and the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) and provides a detailed explanation of each of the HUD indicators, including how each is measured and graded. The use of PHAS/SEMAP as management tools is discussed, and participants are shown how to improve their authority's scores through a systems approach. This course may be completed in the NJLHARA Training Program.

Planning for Change

This one-day course provides executive directors with the management tools and skills necessary to adapt to the changes that are occurring in the industry. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning and creative problem solving. The most current information available about the evolving changes at HUD is incorporated into the program. Students may earn credit for Planning for Change by completing Strategic Planning, its NJLHARA Training Program equivalent.

Public Relations/Communications

When should a press conference be held? Who are the local media, and what do they want? This useful program addresses these questions and more, including writing and distributing press releases, developing newsletters, image building, developing and maintaining press contacts, and managing the media during a crisis.

Continuing Education

Participants receive a PHADA/Rutgers University certificate upon successful completion of the Rutgers Center for Government Services Executive Director Education Program. To qualify, they must attend all 10 courses in full, and pass brief in-class tests administered at the conclusion of each session.

Course integrity is maintained to the high standards of Rutgers University and PHADA. The presence of a Rutgers official at each session guarantees that the certificate of completion represents outstanding professional achievement at the executive level.

Registration

Registration is open to housing authority executive directors and staff only, and commissioners are not eligible to participate. PHADA accepts registrations on a first-come, first-served basis until maximum enrollment is reached. Class size is restricted to 40 registrants to allow ample opportunity for discussion. No on-site registrations are accepted.

For those who are not interested in obtaining a certificate, registration for individual courses may be possible on a “space available” basis. Please call 732-932-3640, ext. 654, to discuss this option before registering for any courses.

For all others, registration information is available on the PHADA website, approximately three months prior to each set of training dates. Participants may register on-line using a credit card, or print out the online registration form and send it with the required payment to:

Executive Director Education Program
PHADA
511 Capital Court, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4937

Registrations also may be faxed to 202-543-4381. Faxed registrations must include credit card payment information.

For more information about the conferences and how to register, call PHADA at 202-546-5445.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Withdrawal requests must be submitted to PHADA in accordance with the deadline posted on the PHADA website.

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The New Jersey Educational Facility Management Program is a cooperative effort between the Center for Government Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association. The program is designed to meet the professional and educational needs of directors, supervisors, and managers of buildings and grounds for school systems in the state. These needs are met through a series of seven courses that address management issues unique to the operations of an educational facility. Instructors engage the experienced, adult student in the learning process by using interactive teaching methods such as class discussions and group exercises.

Admission requirement: All participants must be high school graduates or hold a high school equivalency certificate. At least one year of supervisory experience in a school district is recommended.

Course Descriptions

 

Management Supervision and Human Resources

27 hours
This management course examines the changing role of buildings and grounds supervisors, focusing on their responsibilities and relationships with staff, other departments in the school system, and school administration. Topics include leadership and decision-making, supervising and delegating, teamwork, communicating and listening, strategic planning and implementing plans, problem solving, and conflict resolution and negotiating techniques. The course covers these issues in the context of school systems and established personnel practices, labor relations, staff development, custodial management, and salary administration.

Information Systems

18 hours
This course focuses on the impact, and effective and efficient use, of computers and computer systems in schools. Participants explore internal and external telecommunication and transportation support systems, and basic concepts of personal computers and their usefulness to the school buildings and grounds operation. The curriculum includes a demonstration and discussion of applications, including a detailed plan for developing a database; Microsoft Office Suite programs are introduced. The class spends time in a computer lab.

Structural and Mechanical Systems

15 hours
The first part of this course deals with structural foundations. Instructors provide an overview of the construction process followed by a survey of the types of facilities managed by class participants. Structural plans and designs are examined with regard to the use of different types of materials, e.g. concrete, masonry, steel, wood, glass, and plastic structures. The advantages and disadvantages of renovation and upgrades of each type of material are discussed.

The second part of the class focuses on mechanical systems. Students increase their skills in analyzing plot plans, blueprints, and operational plans as they relate to construction designs and specifications. This includes an examination of the exterior and interior plumbing of school buildings. Students will review sewer drainage, HVAC, refrigeration, fire protection and detection, electrical power sources, motor control, boiler operations, safety and alarm, integrated clocks, and communication systems.

ENVIRONMENTAL CODE COMPLIANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

24 hours
This course covers the regulatory codes and enforcement procedures relating to school building and grounds operations. Instructors provide an overview of the various environmental and code issues involved in maintaining regulatory compliance. Environmental regulations include the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Indoor Air Quality Standard, Community Right to Know Act, the Lead/Copper Rule, and the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. In addition, managing hazardous wastes and material recycling will be discussed. Code compliance topics include fire drills, emergency response, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Note: This course was formerly titled Environmental and Governmental Code Compliance.

Preventive Maintenance

15 hours
In this course, instructors discuss the relationship of building design, maintenance programs for different structures, and related cost of equipment and materials for upkeep of buildings and grounds. They also review the theoretical and practical aspects of planning, scheduling, and evaluating, including time motion studies, life cycle formulas, and monitoring programs. The curriculum covers efficient and effective maintenance practices, such as environmentally sound turf, tree, and shrub management; pest control programs; recreational facilities in and around schools (playgrounds, swimming pools, and equipment); and sidewalks and parking lots.

Participants conduct an assessment of their own schools, and bring their individual assessments to the classroom. Together with the instructor, students develop and design a preventive maintenance program and monitoring schedule for their schools.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND PURCHASING

15 hours
This course addresses issues that educational facility managers deal with on a regular basis. In the financial management area, this includes the significance and general principles of a cost accounting system, General Acceptable Accounting Practices (GAAP), budget preparation, auditing procedures, and cash flow analysis. In the purchasing area, this includes effective purchasing practices of supplies and equipment, public contract laws as they relate to purchasing goods and services, cooperative purchasing procedures, change order regulations, and certification of funds. The advantages and disadvantages of the competitive bidding process also are covered. The course emphasizes the importance of standardized procedures and clear communication between school buildings and grounds departments and their administrations.

Energy Management

6 hours
This class examines the effect of efficient energy systems on the facilities management operation. It focuses on available sources of energy and efficiency levels pertaining to building design. Students review energy conservation measures for steam, electricity, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

 

Continuing Education

Participants receive a certificate upon satisfactory completion of each course and full payment of all fees. A program certificate is awarded upon successful completion of all seven courses.

CEFM Designation REQUIREMENTS

The Rutgers/NJSBGA certificate prepares students to apply for the authorization of Certified Educational Facilities Manager (CEFM). Upon successful completion of the program, individuals with a minimum of two years experience as a supervisor of school buildings and grounds are eligible to apply for state certification through the NJ Department of Education (DOE), Office of School Facilities.

A candidate must provide proof of graduation (Rutgers certificate of completion or student transcript) and written proof of two years experience from his/her Superintendent or Business Administrator on district letterhead, or copies of employment contracts for each year of experience.

Both the initial application and renewal application are available on the DOE's Certified Educational Facilities Manager (CEFM) Program Information webpage. The initial form also includes information about other ways that CEFM candidates may comply with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-16.1(a).

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Maria Chigirovich
Program Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 648
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Rutgers University Center for Government Services, in cooperation with the New Jersey Association of Counties is pleased to present a program on county administration designed to enhance the operational and functional knowledge of county administrators and professional staff.

The two-day Basic Certificate Program covers essential components in the administration of county government. Sessions on public procurement, management challenges, county fiscal affairs and ethics provide an overview of these important day-to-day functions.

Instructed by experienced professionals in their respective fields, the sessions bring real-life applications and insight to the implementation of daily operations and challenges. This program has been specifically designed to address the needs and interests of managers and administrators working in county government.

The DCA, Division of Local Government Services, has approved continuing credits for QPA, CCPO, CMFO, CCFO, and CPWM recertification.

Course Descriptions

 

Basic Certificate Program

County Fiscal Affairs

Recertification Credit, 3 Contact Hours: CCFO: County Fiscal Affairs

Management Challenges

Recertification Credit, 3 Contact Hours: CMFO/CCFO: Office Management/Ancillary Subjects; RMC: Professional Development; CPWM: Management; QPA: Office Administrative/General Duties

Public Procurement

Recertification Credit, 3 Contact Hours: CMFO/CCFO: Financial/Debt Management; RMC: Finance; CPWM: Government; QPA: Procurement Procedures

Ethics

Recertification Credit, 3 Contact Hours: CMFO/CCFO, CTC, RMC, CPWM, QPA: Ethics

 

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Louis Demian
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732-932-3640, ext. 644
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ober 6th, 2015 to October 30th, 

New Jersey’s state and local governments are committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of residents - to ensure that the Garden State continues to be a desirable, safe, and enviable place to live.

The Center for Government Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, assists the Bureau of Code Services in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs by annually offering more than 300 technical and administrative seminars required by law for construction code enforcement officials, technical assistants, and multiple dwelling inspectors. The goal is to further the professional development of code enforcement personnel by providing quality programs for licensed inspectors and support staff.

In 2005 an amendment appeared in the New Jersey registry, increasing the mandatory continuing education requirements for licensed Hotels and Multiple Dwellings, and Housing Code officials for each three-year license cycle.

Course Descriptions

The Rutgers Center for Government Services Continuing Education Program offers technical seminars in the following code areas:

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Elevator
  • Fire
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Multiple dwelling
  • Special inspectors

Additionally, administrative seminars are offered for all code enforcement officials.

A full list of current offerings is available in the Downloads box on the right sidebar of this web page.

Registration

The Rutgers Center for Government Services offers open registration for uniform construction code, and hotel and multiple dwelling officials and inspectors.

To register by phone, call the DCA Education Unit at 609-984-7820 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The DCA staff can answer questions concerning fulfillment of education requirements for the current licensing period.

To register by email, send the above information to educationunit@dca.state.nj.us. Acknowledgment of receipt will be sent via email.

Architects, engineers, builders, and other unlicensed interested parties may attend seminars for a fee of $125 for one-day seminars and $250 for two-day seminars. Those interested parties who wish to participate may call the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Education Unit anytime after the third week of registration.

Before registering, select a first and second choice from the seminars being offered (with the alternate selection as a backup should the first choice be filled). Please, have the following information ready:

  • Your code enforcement license number.
  • Seminar number (located opposite the seminar title in the brochure).
  • Date and location of the seminar you want to take.

Confirmations are mailed approximately two weeks before the date of each seminar. In the event that a confirmation has not arrived one week in advance of a seminar, call the Education Unit at 609-984-7820. Walk-in registrants are not permitted.

Withdrawal Policy

Those unable to attend a seminar for which they are registered must call the Education Unit to cancel as soon as possible. This enables persons on the wait list to secure seating. Failure to cancel may result in the restriction of future registrations.

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Note: There are no course offerings scheduled at this time.

The COAH Education Program is a cooperative effort between Rutgers University and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs–Council on Affordable Housing. The program promotes standards by which COAH approves Municipal Housing Liaisons (MHLs), Administrative Agents (AAs) and Regional Contribution Agreement (RCA) Administrators.

COAH has approved all of the below-listed courses for credit toward its certification.

Course Descriptions

 

Module I: Overview of Affordable Housing Administration

5 hours
This class gives a broad-based understanding of COAH. Half of the day focuses on the history of the Mount Laurel decisions which led to the creation of COAH, and the rules and regulations that govern it. The rest of the day delves into the administration of affordable units and the application of the Uniform Housing Affordability Controls. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all MHLs, AAs and RCA Administrators.

Module II: Records Management

3 hours
This half-day course examines the requirements for the use, retention and release of records kept by municipalities and administrative agents in the course of the administration of affordable units. The highly sensitive nature of some of the documents required for qualification for affordable housing necessitates strict measures in their protection. The course also goes into Open Public Records Act requirements and how to comply. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.

Module III: Ethics

3 hours
This half-day session focuses on the nature of the public trust and the “rules” for ethical behavior that are relevant for affordable housing professionals. New Jersey law and other relevant regulations and ethical standards are examined and applied to ethical issues using a case study approach. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.

Note: This course is jointly offered through Rutgers’ Affordable Housing Professional Certification Program, in which it is titled Ethics for Affordable Housing Professionals. Reciprocal credit is granted across both programs.

Module IV: Qualifying Households for Affordable Housing

6 hours
This full-day course teaches Administrative Agents what to know when qualifying applicants for affordable housing. From what to look for when starting a new project to requirements for qualification in the Uniform Housing Affordability Controls to hands on experience and thoughtful advice from seasoned Administrative Agents, this class will give an overview of the regulations and the step-by-step procedures for the qualification process. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.

MODULE V: Fair Housing

3 hours
This half-day session centers on discrimination in housing, including state and federal legislation. It discusses who can be penalized, how disabilities are defined, what are reasonable accommodations, and what policies and procedures should be established and followed. The Fair Housing complaint process is also reviewed, and a multitude of resources (written, audio, visual, etc.) are shared. This course is required for all AAs.

Note: This course is jointly offered through Rutgers’ Affordable Housing Professional Certification Program, in which it is titled Fair Housing. Reciprocal credit is granted across both programs.
 

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