Local governments are increasingly asked to do more, often with fewer resources. Local officials are frequently called upon to understand and make decisions on highly complex issues. Today's elected and appointed leaders must be well versed in everything from personnel law and economic development to land-use planning, running effective meetings, and leadership skills.
What is the Certificate in Local Government Leadership?
Upon completion of a total of 25 hours of specifically directed education and training sessions within a three-year period, local officials will be informed that they have earned their Certificate in Local Government Leadership. These Certificates will be presented at IPA's annual Institute for Local Government Leaders held every fall in Dover.
Requirements to complete the certificate are:
Completion of a minimum of 7 three-hour training courses (21 hours of training) including at least 3 planning (PLN) courses, 2 local government leadership (LGL) courses, and 1 Institute for Local Government Leaders (4 hours of training) held annually each fall. Courses may also include IPA courses on economic development offered throughout the year.
No additional cost is associated with the awarding of this certification and recipients are invited to attend the Institute as IPA's guest to receive their certificate. Customary registration fees are $50-$100 for participation in most of the individual education and training sessions.
View upcoming training programs on our events page.
For more information about the Certificate for Excellence in Local Government Leadership, contact Sean O'Neill or Martin Wollaston.