GPDC is a leading provider of the 8-hour and 4-hour Family Guardian courses as well as the statewide Florida 40-hour Professional Guardian course.

Both Family Guardian courses provide the court-authorized instruction and are designed to help family guardians with specific aspects of guardianship.

Guardianship Program of Dade County is an official provider of the Family Guardian courses particularly in the Judicial Circuits – Eleventh (Miami-Dade), Fifteenth ( Palm Beach), and Sixteenth (Monroe). Also, Seventh (Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia), Eighth (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union), and Tenth (Hardee, Highlands, and Polk).

Additional Circuits throughout Florida may accept GPDC’s Course Completion Certificate as well but prudent to check first with that respective Circuit before registering.

The courses are offered in English and Spanish monthly with live instruction. Can see the schedules upon clicking on the “Register” button.

4-Hour Family Guardian Course

The 4-hour Guardian course meets the requirements of s.744.3145(3), F.S., to be the guardian of property of a minor child.


8-Hour Family Guardian Course

The 8-hour Guardian course meets the requirements of s.744.3145(2), F.S., to be guardian of an adult.


40-Hour Professional Guardian Course

The 40-hour course meets the requirements for becoming a Professional Guardian in the State of Florida under Florida Statute s.744.2003. Guardianship Program is a state authorized provider by the Office of Public and Professional Guardians (OPPG) within the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. General information regarding Professional Guardian requirements can be found with Florida's Office of Public & Professional Guardians and also with the Florida State Guardianship Association (FSGA). Please review carefully before registering.