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Professional development for elected and appointed officials.    Extended Studies provides multiple opportunities for elected and appointed officials throughout the state to receive up-to-date training.

Certified Public Officials (CPO)

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 required Public Officials Workshops: Education and Resources (P.O.W.E.R Part I and Part II) Orientation Program. To earn the CPO designation, participants must complete the P.O.W.E.R. Orientation modules in addition to 52 hours of courses and conferences, for a combined total of approximately 70 contact hours.   To submit CPO hours please download the  Individual Attendance Sheet.