Director Training

Education is the cornerstone of effective self-governance: cooperative consumer-members are best served by directors — the cooperative’s elected leaders — who are well-versed in democratic principles and who understand the industry and how this industry can move forward to meet changing demands.

NRECA provides the following programs for director training:
  • Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate — This curriculum emphasizes foundational governance knowledge in addition to skills required of electric cooperative directors.
  • Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) — This certificate extends the core CCD curriculum providing courses with greater depth in industry, governance, risk management, communication, rate making, and policy development. More than 65 percent of eligible directors have earned CCD certificates and 28 percent have obtained BLC.
  • Director Gold — This certificate recognizes directors who have earned their CCD and BLC and are committed to continuing their education throughout their service on the board.
  • Directors Conference — NRECA’s annual Directors Conference offers plenary sessions, classroom instruction and enrichment opportunities through exposure to industry experts, specialized work in small-group learning labs, and interactions with peers.
  • NRECA Annual Meeting — The NRECA Annual Meeting, which attracts upwards of 5,000 members, showcases national and world-class industry, technology and legislative experts. Delegates attending the Annual Meeting set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for the following year. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates receive reports from NRECA officials, hear addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attend educational forums on major issues affecting electric co-ops and their consumer- owners.
  • Regional Meetings — NRECA Regional Meetings occur each fall across the nation and enable thousands of cooperative leaders to discuss challenges on a grassroots level as well and hear from top-rated speakers.

About Electric Co-ops
Electric cooperatives are private, not-for-profit businesses governed by their consumers (known as consumer-members). Learn more about what makes electric co-op great for you and your community.
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