Director Education Suite
Earn your Credentialed Cooperative Director certification (CCD) by attending our board governance programs!
February 8 — Mandan
The electric utility industry is an evolving high-tech system that must be designed and engineered to meet regulatory and consumer standards for reliability, quality and safety. This requires an appropriate investment on a planned and ongoing basis. This course gives directors an understanding of the key components of the electric utility industry.
• Basic functions and cost components of generation, transmission and distribution
• Current and emerging technologies that are impacting utility operations and policies
• Issues related to distributed generation that the board may need to address
Instructor: Wallace Barron
February 9 — Mandan
Boards have ultimate responsibility for ensuring and evaluating the long-term health of the organization. They help fulfill this duty through strategic thinking; identifying goals through strategic planning; and authorizing the appropriate allocation of resources through the adoption of financial policies, budget review and approval, and monitoring management’s progress toward strategic goals. This course teaches directors how to participate effectively in strategic thinking and planning processes.
- The difference between strategic thinking and strategic planning
- Analysis of your cooperative’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
- The board’s oversight responsibility
- The strategic plan as an evaluation tool for the cooperative’s accomplishment of goals and as the foundation for the CEO’s performance appraisal
Instructor: Wallace Barron
Board Leadership Certificate
The Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) program offers more advanced courses for directors and can be attained after earning the Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certificate. To earn the certificate, directors must complete 10 credits from the 900-level courses. Directors may attend the BLC courses at any time, but they must have earned the CCD certificate to be eligible. Each course is one day, unless otherwise noted.
Board, chief executive officer (CEO) and staff succession planning are essential to ensuring tomorrow’s purpose-driven organization. This course focuses on the board’s responsibility and role in ensuring the cooperative has a succession plan in place for the CEO and its overall leadership. The board’s role in ensuring the CEO has
a process in place for ongoing development of the cooperative’s workforce potential, leadership continuity and quality will also be addressed.
- Succession planning and development
The board’s fiduciary responsibility for assuring a qualified and capable workforce
The Competencies expected in today’s executive leadership positions
- Changes in CEO leadership