Lifelong Learning Academy Calendar

2018 Education Calendar 

Downloadable PDF 2018 Education Calendar 

Please note: ACCG will make every effort to keep the class schedule as it is here.  However, from time to time, there could be changes made.  Please watch the final registration for final details.

Class size may be limited – watch the individual session registrations for this information. 

ACCG Attendance Policy: Participants must attend the entire class to receive credit.  Partial credit will not be awarded.


Catch Up On Your Core

Central Georgia Technical College,

Macon-Bibb County

January 26

  • County Government Finance
  • County Government Law
  • Economic Development
  • Public Safety and Public Health


Spring Training

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center,

Tifton/Tift County

March 15

  • Property Appraisal and Taxation Day 1
  • Ethics
  • Specialty: Policy Development and Implementation (CE)
  • Specialty: The Art of Negotiation (IR)

March 16

  • Property Appraisal and Taxation Day 2
  • Human Resources
  • Specialty: Using Power and Influence Effectively (LD)
  • Specialty: Citizen Public Safety Initiatives (PS)



Annual Conference

Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Savannah/Chatham County

April 27

  • County Government Finance
  • County Government Law
  • Specialty: Building Your City-County Relationships (IR)
  • Specialty: Capital Improvement Planning (COM)
  • Specialty: Civic Engagement (CD)
  • Specialty: Arts, Culture and Tourism (QL/SI)
  • Specialty: Developing Financial Policies (RF)
  • Specialty: Getting Your Message Out (CE)
  • Specialty: Global Commerce and Georgia’s Targeted Industries (ECD)
  • Specialty: Leadership Team Building: Creating “We’s” from “I’s” (LD)
  • Specialty: Parks, Recreation and Active Living (QL/SI)
  • Specialty: Revenue and Tax Policy (RF)
  • Specialty: Transportation Funding: Options and Strategies (RF)
  • Specialty: Understanding the Benefits of Land Use and Planning (ECD)
  • Specialty: Water Management (COM)

April 30

  • Ethics
  • Specialty: Crisis Management (IR)
  • Specialty: Public Safety Impacts of At-Risk Individuals & Families (PS)
  • Specialty: Fire, EMS and 911 (PS)
  • Specialty: Strategic Planning (CE)
  • Specialty: The County Audit Process (RF)
  • Specialty: Using Incentives for Economic Development (ECD)

Summer Training

Marriott Evergreen Conference Center

Stone Mountain/DeKalb County

June 7

  • Property Appraisal and Taxation Day 1
  • Economic Development
  • Specialty: Motivation and Successful Leadership (LD)
  • Specialty: Transparency in Government (CE)

June 8

  • Property Appraisal and Taxation Day 2
  • Public Safety and Public Health
  • Specialty: Resolving Conflict (IR)
  • Specialty: Public Works and Transportation (COM) 


Leadership Institute

Union County Community Center, Blairsville/Union County

July 25-27 


Leadership Institute

Location TBD

September 12-14 


Legislative Leadership Conference

Jekyll Island Convention Center,

Jekyll Island/Glynn County

October 10

  • Public Safety and Public Health
  • Human Resources
  • Specialty: Public Health (QL/SI)
  • Specialty: Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (PS)
  • Specialty: Federal and State Relations (IR)
  • Specialty: Budgeting for Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability (RF)
  • Specialty: Understanding Leadership Styles (LD)

October 12

  • County Government Law
  • Ethics
  • Specialty: Courts and the Justice System (PS)
  • Specialty: Debt Financing (RF)
  • Specialty: Management and HR Responsibilities (COM)
  • Specialty: Leadership In Local Government (LD)
  • Specialty: Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Agreements (IR)


Newly Elected Commissioners Conference

UGA Hotel and Conference Center, Athens-Clarke County

December 4-7 


Certification Hours

  • To receive core certification, participants must complete 9 required courses covering 66 hours. Upon completion county commissioners achieve the status of “Certified County Commissioner” and are eligible for a $100 monthly stipend from their county.
  • To obtain Specialty Track certification, participants must complete eight (8) courses in the track, a minimum of 5 must be primary courses with a maximum of 3 courses that are designated as cross-over courses.


Continuing Education

In order to maintain core and specialty certifications, commissioners who took office on or after January 1, 2013 are required to earn 18 hours of continuing education annually.  These hours can be earned by taking additional specialty courses and attending ACCG conferences and meetings including district meetings and policy committee meetings.  Commissioners who took office prior to this date are also strongly encouraged to participate in continuing education opportunities.


Specialty Track Codes

CE – Citizen Engagement Track

COM – County Operations & Management Track

ECD – Economic & Community Development Track

IR – Intergovernmental Relations Track

LD – Leadership Development Track

PS – Public Safety Track

RF – Revenue & Finance Track

QL/SI – Quality of Life/Social Issues Track


Contact Us!

Carol Baker, ACCG Leadership Development Director,


Jeff Christie, ACCG Leadership Development Deputy Director,



Watch Your Progress!

Keep up with your ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy record through the ACCG Dashboard. 

  • If you were elected prior to 2012, your user ID is the first letter of your first name and your full last name, and your password is your county’s name. These should be all lower case. (For example, you are fictional commissioner John Doe from Campbell County.  Your user ID would be jdoe, your password would be campbell.)
  • If you were elected in 2012 or later, your user ID is the first two letters of your first name and your full last name, and your password is your county’s name. These should be all lower case. (For example, you are fictional commissioner John Doe from Campbell County.  Your user ID would be jodoe, your password campbell.)