How to Become a Designated Professional Lobbyist
Designated Professional Lobbyist Program
Our mission statement calls for a “commitment to high standards for the lobbying profession” and for the “the establishment and maintenance of the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct for those who take pride in being a professional lobbyist.”
Many professions in Florida have become regulated by the Legislature when a problem arose which affected the health, safety and welfare of citizens. The result was a framework for professional conduct in that profession. While that scenario does not represent our current situation, FAPL believes it is an opportune time to be proactive—not reactive.
As a result, the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists has created a gold standard, the DPL, for designating those government relations professionals who develop in-depth knowledge of the legislative and political process, its rules, regulations and ethics.
The DPL program is a voluntary opportunity to strengthen skills and effectiveness of government relations personnel in lobbying firms, corporations, and not-for-profit associations. Those new to the profession quickly gain expertise it might otherwise take years to acquire, while experienced lobbyists stay current on new ethical and regulatory areas. At the same time, they earn a professional designation and recognition among peers in the lobbying community and in government.
FAPL is leading the way as the ONLY state lobbyist organization offering such a program. Join us in creating a new image for our profession!