Core Certification

This is the foundation for your education as a commissioner. It includes 66 hours of required courses and upon completion officials achieve the status of “Certified County Commissioner” and are eligible for an additional $100 increase to the monthly compensation from their county. Courses that are required for core certification are County Government Finance, County Government Law, County Government 101, Economic Development, Ethics, Property Appraisal and Taxation, Public Safety and Public Health and a two-day Leadership Institute.

Specialty Certification

These in-depth courses provide a more detailed, specific level of information. Tracks are Citizen Engagement, County Operations and Management, Economic and Community Development, Intergovernmental Relations, Leadership Development, Public Safety, Quality of Life/Social Issues and Revenue and Finance. An additional 48 hours in each track is required for this certification.

Continuing Education

ACCG encourages all county commissioners, as well as appointed officials, regardless of tenure in office or position, to engage in, and continue on a path of, Lifelong Learning. Elected and appointed officials can accomplish this by taking core and specialty track courses offered within the Lifelong Learning Academy (LLA) and/or participating in ACCG workshops, meetings, and conferences. Continuing Education is an investment that will return dividends in the form of better-informed decisions by county officials who pursue excellence through learning.