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Did you know? The acknowledgment
is the most commonly performed
notarial act. You will learn the proper steps in taking an acknowledgment,
including the spoken as well as the written parts, in Lesson 3 of our online
This is just one example of what you'll learn with
Here are a few other helpful
things to know:
• The online course
material is divided into seven lessons along with a glossary
and two interactive 40-question practice exams.
• The seven lessons
are: Introduction; Qualifications & Appointment; Acknowledgments;
Oaths, Affirmations & Affidavits; Other Notarial Duties; Restrictions;
and, Misconduct & Penalties. They are formatted
for easy reading on your computer screen. If printed, the lessons amount to
• This course will help
you focus on the terms, concepts and procedures you specifically need
to know when taking the Notary Public Exam, and to begin serving competently
in your new public and professional role.
This class helps you prepare for the New York State Notary Public
Examination and provides you with a comprehensive view of the notary public
Confusing laws, concepts and procedures are clearly explained,
and examples are given to illustrate situations that a notary is likely to encounter.
Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics,
charging proper fees, when to defer to an attorney and minimizing legal liability.
Learn how to properly execute acknowledgments and affidavits, and how to administer
oaths and affirmations, as well as inform yourself about what you cannot do
as a notary within New York State, such as performing marriages or certifying
copies of public records. A "prep" course such as this one is a must
for notary candidates to become fully aware of the authority, duties,
relating to this important public office. We believe
we have the best instructor,
course and live classroom sessions available to New York notary candidates!
The online course material is essentially
the same as what is given at our 3-hour live program.
We have presented our live notary seminars at Columbia-Greene Community College,
Schenectady County Community College, SUNY Adirondack and The Knowledge Network
We provide you with sample forms
(an acknowledgment certificate, affidavit and more) to print out and follow
along with the lessons in step-by-step fashion, as though you were actually
sitting in our classroom.
While a seat at our live program runs from $75
to $100, the online version
is only $29. "O.K.,"
you might say, "That sounds fine — I will save money by taking
the class online, even though I would prefer live classroom interaction. But
how much are the mandatory State fees that I must pay to become a notary?"
Answer: Whether you choose a live classroom session
from providers like us, there is a separate
$15 testing fee payable to the State. After getting a passing grade on the exam,
you'll pay the State another $60 for registration, good for FOUR years ($15/year).
We point you to sources of notary supplies, such
as stamps, and services such as Notary Public Errors & Omissions Insurance,
without "pushing" any products in particular. We give you straight
talk about which product lines are preferred.
The instructor begins his presentation by giving
you his business card with full contact information, just as he does in the
live classroom. He is available to answer your questions
email, telephone or Skype. We enjoy hearing from our students, and we are interested
in being a part of your success! Enroll
About the Instructor
Steven E. Williams,
author of the online course, is a Notary Instructor within the SUNY system, member of the American Society of Notaries
and experienced Mobile Notary and Notary Signing Agent. Over the past 7 years,
he has conducted Notary Public Seminars at Columbia-Greene Community College,
Schenectady County Community College (Schenectady & Downtown Albany Campuses), SUNY Adirondack and The Knowledge Network
of Albany as well as introductory and refresher courses for private groups
upon request. As a witness-only Notary Signing Agent, Steven has processed
hundreds of residential mortgage loan document packages on behalf of lenders,
title companies and settlement agents since 2007. In addition to being a commissioned
notary public in the States of New York and New Jersey, he is a N.Y. State licensed
Insurance Broker (Property & Casualty, Life, Accident & Health) and formerly licensed Mortgage Loan Originator. His journey into notarial practice began with guidance from longtime instructors Viktor Bujanow and Nicholas A. Tulve. He is available to provide expert witness testimony, document review services and technical support in all matters relating to notarization.
Here are eight screenshots to illustrate our online learning
format. All materials — the seven lessons, glossary and interactive
practice exams — can be viewed on your computer screen or
printed out for your own individual use.
The lessons by themselves amount to 50 pages if printed.
Our goal is to make your learning experience as easy, convenient and thorough
as possible. If you have any questions about the course format or contents,
please email Steven.
Onward and Upward...
• Staten Island
• Long Island
• Upstate New York
• Binghamton University
• Stony Brook University
• University at Albany
• University at Buffalo
• Buffalo State College
• Empire State College
• Purchase College
• State University of New York at Geneseo
• State University of New York at New Paltz
• State University of New York at Oswego
• State University of New York at Potsdam
• State University of New York College at Cortland (SUNY Cortland)
• SUNY College at Oneonta
• SUNY Fredonia
• SUNY Plattsburgh
• The College at Brockport
• The College at Old Westbury
• SUNY Adirondack Community College
• Broome Community College
• Cayuga Community College
• Clinton Community College
• Columbia-Greene Community College
• Corning Community College
• Dutchess Community College
• Erie Community College
• Finger Lakes Community College
• Fulton-Montgomery Community College
• Genesee Community College
• Herkimer County Community College
• Hudson Valley Community College
• Jamestown Community College
• Jefferson Community College
• Mohawk Valley Community College
• Monroe Community College
• Nassau Community College
• Niagara County Community College
• North Country Community College (The College of Essex & Franklin)
• Onondaga Community College
• Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange)
• SUNY Rockland Community College
• Schenectady County Community College
• Suffolk County Community College
• Sullivan County Community College
• Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)
• Ulster County Community College (SUNY Ulster)
• Westchester Community College
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