Certified Public Official Program
NACRC offers a nationally-recognized certification program, designed to promote excellence and continuing education opportunities for public officials.
NACRC members have an opportunity to earn professional credentials through the Certified Public Officials (CPO) Program. Recognizing the need to promote educational standards for the nation’s professional administrators of county elections, court systems, land records and records management, NACRC began offering this professional certification program in 1987.
Individuals complete an extensive program of continuing education focusing on specific areas of responsibility. Credits can be earned at sessions that are held at NACRC conferences. Certification modules include clerk to board/court administration, elections administration, land records and records management.
Certified Public Official designations are awarded at the NACRC Annual Conference, held each summer. Along with the privilege of using the “CPO” designation beside their signature, CPOs also receive a display plaque recognizing achievement as a Certified Public Official.
NOW IS THE TIME TO APPLY TO NACRC FOR CERTIFICATION. Complete the application and get started on the path to becoming a Certified Public Official.
Certified Public Official Program Q&A
Q: How do I get started?
A: Visit the NACRC website and print out the Certification Workbook. Register for the program by sending the registration form on page six of the workbook, along with the $25 enrollment fee, to the NACRC office. Contact NACRC office to receive a copy of your transcript. Collect all of your information regarding other training activities (agendas, certificates, etc.) and start applying those sessions to the appropriate categories in the worksheets found in the workbook.
Q: Do all credits for certification need to come from NACRC sessions?
A: No, 16 of 72 in the Management tier and 12 of 24 in the job specific tier need to be NACRC sponsored credits. The rest of the credits can come from other sources such as work experience, college credits, or other training sessions.
Q: What non-NACRC types of courses are eligible to apply towards my CPO?
A: State association meetings, speakers, online courses, webinars, professional development courses, internal county training (any kind of supervisory training, FMLA, diversity, sexual harassment, disaster recovery, ethics, budgeting, etc.)
Q: What is not eligible?
A: Meetings (board meetings, committee meetings, etc.)
Q: What documentation is needed for courses other than NACRC sponsored ones?
A: A course description and proof of attendance – either an attendance certificate or registration confirmation.
Q: Does the CPO designation expire?
A: In order to keep your CPO current, you need to recertify in your job specific tier every two years. You will be notified when you need to renew.
Q: Currently, how many CPOs are there nationwide?
A: There are currently 16 CPOs.
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