Ascender Consulting Class Catalog


This one day training will provide a completed foundation and cover all of the basics for new PROs including:

  • requestor correspondence
  • up to date legal requirements and deadlines
  • how to create redaction logs
  • where to look for exemptions
  • tips on talking to your attorney
  • tips and tricks to organize your files

Attendees will also leave with sample materials to take with them and adapt to their own agency. 

This training is intended for individuals who process records requests.

Social Media, texting & the PRA

Social Media, Texting, and the Public Records Act is a fast paced 1 hour class intended to provide an overview of the complexities these technologies bring to PRA compliance. 

Topics covered:

  • Policy decisions your agency should make related to texting and PRA
  • Overview of 3 largest tech products for archiving 
  • Knowledge of what your agency should look for in an archiving product

Attendees will leave this class with a solid understanding of the landscape and how to approach decisions in their own agencies. 

Real World PRA

Sometimes it feels like you need to be a mind reader to be a successful PRO. During this 3 hour workshop we will feature real public records requests, work with your peers to brainstorm ways to solve these challenges, and enjoy a collaborative classroom experience as we explore the complexities of the PRA. 

This session includes the following topics: 

  • Where to start?
  • Interpretation and Clarification
  • Third Party Notice
  • List of Individuals Release

Ascender Consulting offers 3 different classes catering to various agency employees.

Any Employee - this 1 hour class covers the fundamentals of the PRA for any agency employees. This includes the agency's obligations under the PRA, their role in PRA compliance, and some entertaining examples of what not to do. 

Management Training - this 1 hour class covers the same material as the any employee class with the addition of their unique responsibility in providing leadership to staff to support PRA compliance.

Elected Officials Training - this 1.5 hour class covers the training requirements listed in RCW 42.56.150.

PRA for All Employees

2017 Legislative Updates to the PRA

The 2017 legislative session brought some big changes to the Public Records Act.

This 1.5 hour presentation will cover all of the basics you need to know in order to comply with the new public records laws going into effect on July 23, 2017. The presentation will feature information on legislative intent, ongoing work to implement the law, data tracking requirements, the process for clarifying requests, bot requests, training requirements, and more.