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The ACCG believes a commitment to continuing education provides county officials with tools, resources and leadership skills to enhance decision-making within their communities.
For more than two decades, ACCG has offered training and certification courses for county officials in partnership with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG) at University of Georgia. Individuals that complete the core or specialty certification requirements receive an official certificate from the University of Georgia. More than 2,800 county officials have received certification through these programs since their inception. All training programs offered through ACCG are voluntary with the exception of the Newly Elected Officials Conference which is required by state law for county commissioners in the first year in which they are elected.
This year, ACCG is transitioning the Commissioners Training Program and the Certified Commissioners Advanced Program (CCAP) into the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy. If county officials or county clerks have questions about any of the training and certification programs, please contact Carol Baker, ACCG Leadership Development Director, at (404) 522-5022 or email@example.com.
The ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy
The ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy was created with significant input from county commissioners. These experienced commissioners identified the core requirements and suggested course outlines based on the issues and decision making challenges regularly faced by county officials.
ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy Training Program Brochure and Calendar
The ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy includes three components:
1) Core Certification - The ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy core certification includes eight courses as well as a two-day Leadership Academy for a total of 66 hours of required courses. County officials who complete the core certification achieve the status of “Certified County Commissioner” and are eligible for a $100 monthly stipend from their county.
2) Specialty Certification - Following the completion of the core certification, county officials can work on specialty certifications, providing even more in-depth courses in areas such as economic development, intergovernmental relations or revenue and finance. The specialty certification program is designed to be flexible in order to provide training on current issues and best practices. Each specialty certification requires an additional 48 hours of coursework.
3) Continuing Education - In order to maintain core and specialty certifications, commissioners who take office on or after January 1, 2013 are required to earn 18 hours of continuing education annually. These hours can be earned by attending ACCG conferences and meetings, taking additional specialty courses and through other means. Commissioners who took office prior to this date are also strongly encouraged to participate in continuing education opportunities.
Important Information on the Certified Commissioners Advanced Program (CCAP)
During 2013, ACCG is transitioning the Certified Commissioners Advanced Program (CCAP) to specialty certifications. ACCG will work closely with individuals who are close to completing their CCAP certification to ensure that they meet the requirements established under this program through advanced courses that are offered this year. County officials who have already completed CCAP are encouraged to begin taking advanced courses offered in 2013 that will count towards specialty certifications. By 2014, only core and specialty courses will be offered through the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy.
Watch for more information from ACCG on training opportunities to complete CCAP and take advanced specialty courses throughout the year.
For questions or more information on the transition from CCAP to the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy specialty certifications, contact Carol Baker, ACCG Leadership Development Director, at (404) 522-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCG maintains training records for the certified commissioners' training programs and the Standard of Excellence. For questions or other information, please contact Carol Baker at 404-522-5022 or email@example.com. Individuals may also check their training transcripts online.
Additional Resources for Counties
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG) at the University of Georgia provides supervisory and management training for county employees and offers services such as the facilitation of strategic planning retreats for county commissions. For more information, please contact Mara Register or Kitty Shollenberger with the CVIOG Governmental Training, Education and Development Division at 706-542-2736 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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