CROAA Education and Certification Program

Administered by County Government Education Institute | Effective January 1, 2015

 

CGEI Course Schedule (with links to register for individual courses)

Requirements for Certification

Effective January 1, 2015, participants seeking certification in the CROAA Education and Certification Program will be required to successfully complete 72 hours of tested course work, which will include four 12-hour required courses and two 12-hour electives.  Participants must attend the entire class in order to receive credit for the course.  No “partial credit” will be granted.  Additionally, all participants must pass an examination at the conclusion of each course.  All tests will be open book.

The required courses for certification are:

  • Overview of County Revenue
  • Legal Considerations of Local Revenue
  • Enforcement of Licenses and Taxes
  • CGEI Ethics for Public Officials and Employees (a CGEI Basic Level class required for certification in other programs administered by CGEI)

Current courses available to meet the requirement for two 12-hour electives are:

  • County Revenue Update
  • Safety for the County Revenue Officer
  • Business Licenses, Tags, and Other Local Revenue
  • CGEI Overview of County Government
  • CGEI Legislative and Governmental Relations

Participants may take one of two existing CGEI classes as an elective.  However, at least one elective must be a course related to county revenue collection and enforcement.

The electives available for participants seeking certification or continuing education credit may change periodically.

Transfer of Credits for Current Participants

Participants who began work toward their certification prior to January 1, 2015 will be given credit for all required and elective classes already taken with an adjustment of credit hours to fit the new system.

However, all participants, including those working toward certification prior to January 1, 2015, will be required to take the CGEI Ethics for Public Officials and Employees.

As in the past, the CROAA Education and Certification Program will be administered such that participants can obtain certification within two years of beginning the program.

Continuing Education Requirements

The continuing education requirements for those persons who have received their certification under the Program are unchanged except that there will be a shift to 12 hour credit for CROAA and other CGEI courses.  There will still be a requirement to complete 20 hours of continuing education within a two-year period.  A County Revenue Update will be offered every other year and it is strongly recommended that certified participants take this class to stay abreast of new developments and procedures.

It is also strongly recommended that certified participants take at least one of the CGEI Basic Level Courses for continuing education credit.  Those courses are:

  • Overview of County Government
  • Ethics for Public Officials and Employees
  • Finance and Revenue
  • Personnel Administration

Persons seeking continuing education credit may also take the following courses that are required for initial certification:

  • Overview of County Revenue
  • Legal Considerations of Local Revenue
  • Enforcement of Licenses and Taxes

Other elective courses available for continuing education credit are:

  • County Revenue Update
  • Safety for the County Revenue Officer
  • Business Licenses, Tags, and Other Local Revenue
  • CGEI Legislative and Governmental Relations

These electives are subject to change.

Continuing education credits for courses and conference attendance are as follows:

  • 12 hours for any CROAA class offering
  • 12 hours for any CGEI Basic Level Class
  • 20 hours for attending ACCA Annual Convention and CROAA breakout session
  • Hours of course offering for CROAA breakout only at the ACCA Annual Convention
  • 12 hours for attending ACCA Legislative Conference and CROAA breakout session
  • Hours of course offering for CROAA breakout only at ACCA Legislative Conference
  • Hours of course offering for ALTIST classes
  • Credit for time speaking at ACCA, CROAA, or ALTIST sponsored program

Except as otherwise provided for ACCA conferences, participants must attend the entire class in order to receive credit for the course.  No “partial credit” will be granted.  Persons seeking continuing education credits only are not required to take the examination at the conclusion of the course.