County officials today operate in a complex, ever-changing environment. Effective governance depends on constantly monitoring this environment and learning new ways to meet these challenges. Education is an important tool local officials have in making decisions about policy and delivery of constituent services.
The Certified County Officials program (CCO) was developed by the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners (IACBMC) in collaborative partnership with the University of Illinois Extension.
The purpose of this program is to strengthen the skills and leadership capacity of county officials. The CCO program will recognize those officials who demonstrate professionalism and dedication to enhancing their knowledge through advanced education. This career-long learning program is a powerful strategy for increasing your effectiveness in public office.
The CCO program is a voluntary program available to all elected county officials and certain appointed county officials in Illinois. The program is based on participation (not tests) and recognizes individual credits that officials accumulate. Participants who earn 24 credit hours will be awarded the designation of Certified County Official (Level I). CCO II requires 72 hours (Level I plus 48 hours); Level III requires 120 hours (Level II plus 48 hours) plus a project.
For more information contact
Jessica Van Tine
LGIEN Program Coordinator
234 Bevier Hall
905 South Goodwin
Urbana, Illinois 61801