County Government Education Institute (CGEI)

County government employees face unique challenges that are often overwhelming. Until the CGEI was formed, employees who are key to the successful operation of county government were afforded little educational insight into the details of ethics laws; personnel regulations and legal responsibilities; the unique financial and administrative laws and regulations related to counties; and the constitutional and statutory procedures that confront employees on a daily basis.

The County Government Education Institute was established to provide county employees with the basic skills necessary to effectively and efficiently provide the best governmental services on the local level. A series of four courses, designed by veteran county employees from across the state, will provide county personnel employed in any department in the courthouse, sheriff’s department or jail with the information and skills they need to respond to the unique laws, regulations and procedures impacting county government in Alabama.

Administration of this training program is overseen by the Alabama Local Government Training Institute, a statutorily created governing board that has administered the program for new county commissioners for more than 20 years.

The County Government Education Institute provides professional development for a variety of county employees. It offers:

CGEI Course Schedule

CGEI General Registration Rules

Emergency Management

Emergency managers participate in education programs such as:

  • Certified Local Emergency Manager (CLEM) program overseen by the Alabama Local Government Training Institute.

    Starting Jan. 1, 2015,  emergency managers who have earned the CLEM certification will need specific continuing education to maintain their certification. Counties with a CLEM-certified EMA director are eligible for either a salary subsidy for the director or additional federal funds. Here are the AEMA announcement of changes and a description of the new requirement.

  • Four levels of certification (Basic to Masters) through the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers’ program.

Law Enforcement & Jail Employees

The Alabama Jail Training Academy, a collaboration of the Alabama Sheriffs Association and ACCA, offers a basic training program for jail officers. Officers successfully completing the four classes will receive a certificate from the National Institute for Jail Operations.

Other training opportunities related to law enforcement are coordinated by the ACCA Self-Insurance Funds.