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Professional development certificate for elected and appointed officials

Created by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno in partnership with the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Association of School Boards, the Certified Public Official (CPO) Program is an in-depth series that provides diverse resources for educational and professional development responsive to the changing needs of elected and appointed officials in public office throughout Nevada.

The CPO program is designed for:

  • Elected and appointed city, state and county officials
  • Transportation, fire, police and planning commissioners
  • Improvement district and public utility district trustees
  • School board members and school district superintendents
The CPO Program offers a comprehensive set of courses including the introductory Public Officials Workshops: Education and Resources (P.O.W.E.R.) Orientation Program. To earn the CPO designation, participants must complete the P.O.W.E.R. Orientation in addition to 52 hours of courses and conferences, adding to a combined total of approximately 70 contact hours.