To receive the Academy certificate, participants must complete each of the eight core/required credits plus earn 18 elective credits prior to November 2018 to be eligible for graduation in the 2015-2018 program cycle.
Today's Trends in County Government
Examines national, state and regional trends that affect counties. Participants will examine county structure; legal, fiscal and political roles; and sources for information and assistance. Topics vary.
County Functions and Responsibilities (Pennsylvania Specific)
Looks at the structures, functions and responsibilities of counties in Pennsylvania including the formation of counties, structure of counties, the County Code, human services, criminal justice, general administration, boards and commissions, and home rule and optional plans.
County Financial Management
Provides guidance for participants to better manage their county's fiscal affairs. Topics vary but may include: revenue sources, budget and accounting, bookkeeping and auditing, and fiscal management techniques.
Personnel and Labor Relations
Looks at personnel issues that counties face including federal and state employment laws, management techniques, collective bargaining and contract administration.
Leadership, Management and Decision Making
Draws upon experiences of successful leaders to illustrate and teach leadership, management and decision making skills. Topics vary but may include: management and leadership style, handling controversy, meeting management, information management, and effective communications.
Emphasizes legal matters unique to counties, including the relationship of the county with the courts and other agencies, and other legal matters. Includes a discussion of current case law.
Looks at insurance and risk management in counties including loss control, insurance coverages, safety committees, limiting liability, handling claims and defending a lawsuit.
Topics vary but are intended to enrich the participant's communication and interpersonal skills.
Elective credits will be offered during select CCAP workshops, Insurance Program workshops and at Conference breakouts sessions during the CCAP Spring Conference, County Administration Conference, Annual Conference and Fall Conference. Elective course topics include, but are not limited to, these topic areas: human services, media relations, tax and assessment issues, writing skills, business etiquette, time management, public speaking, managing effective meetings, capital improvements, conflict resolution, economic development, budgetings, and more.
Look for the Academy icon in Conference programs to designate an eligible elective course.