We partner with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) to provide certificate programs for newly elected commissioners and a large range of leader-development programs for incumbent commissioners.
The Institute of Government, in partnership with ACCG, offers courses through the Lifelong Learning Academy for county commissioners to develop and enhance their leadership and governing skills. Academy courses are offered at least once every other year during training programs. These programs are held in conjunction with regularly scheduled ACCG meetings or as stand-alone sessions. In order to receive credit, a person must attend the entire course.
Core Certification, the foundation for your education as a commissioner, includes nine courses covering 66 hours of required courses. Upon completion, officials achieve the status of "Certified County Commissioner" and are eligible for a $100 monthly stipend from their county.
However, the learning doesn't stop there—you can receive Specialty Track Certification in eight unique specialty tracks with courses designed to engage you at a much deeper level.
New commissioners are introduced to county government and prepared to meet the variety of challenges they face upon taking office through the two-and-a-half-day Newly Elected Commissioners Conference. This training—required by Georgia law for county commissioners—is coordinated by the Institute of Government and ACCG. Commissioners receive reference materials to aid them in making decisions and carrying out their responsibilities.