Required Board Trainings:

Step 1: FOUNDATIONS Essentials

(formerly named FOUNDATIONS Leader Orientation)

FOUNDATIONS Essentials (formerly named FOUNDATIONS Leader Orientation) is available NOW in both English and Spanish.

FOUNDATIONS Essentials is an introductory course for new PTA Leaders. All board members are required to complete it ONLY ONCE in their PTA service, and there is a $10 fee to access the course material.

Essentials is only offered online through Texas PTA and can be accessed here.

  • PTA Leaders have 14 days from the date of registration to complete the course. Allowing the 14-day window to lapse will result in additional registration fees.
  • There are 8 questions at the end of the course which must be answered correctly to receive a certificate for the training.
  • Once complete, PTA Leaders may access a completion certificate to be provided to their PTA secretary. A copy of the completion certificate will also serve as your receipt for reimbursement. It displays the attendee name and date of completion. The registration and reimbursement amount is a flat $10.
  • If you previously took FLO 1&2, Lott or the original FLO (only in person) than you are grandfathered in and do not need to attend this training.


Through Texas PTA:

Texas PTA offers the BASICS series of resources to assist PTA Leaders in fulfilling their board duties. Visit Local PTA Leaders to access recorded webinars for each of the BASICS courses.  If a BASICS Course is not offered for your specific position, then you will take the Boardmanship class.

While the bylaws state new board members must complete FOUNDATIONS requirements no later than October 15, it’s important that all PTA Leaders complete the training during their first year of service, regardless of the date. If you have any questions, please contact our Katy Council President – Shelley Keating

Optional Board Member Trainings:

Other Training Opportunities

Throughout the year Katy Council will set up informal training with different topics each month.  Usually, the program will last two hours with a timely topic.  All PTA board members are invited!