Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program
Pre-service Course Information

2019 Dates Locations
Feb. 28, Thur. Columbus
March 21, Thur. Dayton
May 16, Thur. Cleveland
June 19, Wed. Columbus
July 25, Thur. Cincinnati
Sept. 19, Thur. Perrysburg
Nov. 21, Thur. Youngstown
Dec. 18, Wed. Columbus

All courses are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

View parking & directions to the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center

Who should attend?

Individuals interested in serving as guardian ad litem must complete a six hour pre-service training course which meets the minimum requirements set under the education requirement of Superintendence Rule 48. Certain GAL pre-service courses taken before the rule’s effective date of March 1, 2009 satisfy this requirement (see FAQ #10 for a list of qualifying courses).

Attendance at a GAL pre-service course gives the Judicial College permission to share attendees’ information with their local area courts for use in appointing GALs. Individuals who have already attended a pre-service course or who are not interested in serving as guardians ad litem should not attend.

Individuals interested in serving as guardian ad litem should first contact their local court before registering with the Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program Pre-Service course to determine the court’s specific qualifications for guardians ad litem to be added to the appointment list.

Is there a cost for this course?

Course and materials are provided free of charge. Lunch/snacks are on your own.

Is this course approved for CLE?

The Judicial College requests CLE and CEU (for Social Workers only) for all GAL courses, subject to exceptions. Please refer to the course announcements for specific information.


Register online at OhioCourtEDU.


To cancel your registration, login to OhioCourtEDU, search for your registered course and select "unregister." If you cannot attend the course, you MUST notify us three days prior to the course. Late cancellations and “no shows” are still costs incurred by the Supreme Court and will cause other GALs to be closed out due to space limitations.

Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions, OhioCourtEDU@sc.ohio.gov, or 614.387.9445.