Providing high quality and comprehensive educational opportunities for county commissioners and staff is a high priority for the Institute for County Government. We have continued to build our educational offerings over the last 20 years. Our programs are designed to educate commissioners and county staff on their duties and to encourage them to be leaders within their communities and the Association.

Certified County Commissioner Program
The Certified County Commissioner (CCC) education program is a voluntary program of study designed for county commissioners to learn information and enhance skills relevant to their duties and responsibilities. Completion of the course requirements results in the designation of Certified County Commissioner.

Leadership Forum:
ACC Level I
The Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) education program is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. The course content focuses on leadership with an emphasis on the future of Florida. Participants are tasked with preparing for the future by thinking and acting anew and asserting skillful leadership in times of daunting challenges and rapid change.

Organized as a series of three seminars, the ACC program is completed after 27 hours of total course work. Participating commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars.

ACC Level II
ACC Level II is a new leadership program developed strategically for ACC graduates who seek to expand their education opportunities. ICG has collaborated with UF/IFAS Leadership Institute to develop this next level training that is designed to build upon the skills learned in the CCC and ACC programs. ACC Level II will give alumni an opportunity to develop the tools and skills needed to be strong versatile leaders and lead the way in transforming their counties and the state of Florida. Throughout the program participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Hear from experts on different sides of complex issues such as population growth, marijuana, and water management.
  • Develop the necessary leadership competencies to engage both their teams and individuals on all sides of an issue to enhance key human resource relationships.
  • Build a network of other leaders addressing excellence in their county, state and at the national level.

The Florida County Government Guide is a comprehensive guide includes all aspects of Florida county government, including Florida’s history, county government structure, leadership and management, ethics laws, budgeting methods and strategies, economic development and growth management, human resources, purchasing and contracting, health and safety, and infrastructure. The Guide is updated biennially.