Credentialed Cooperative Director Training

Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate Training

NWPPA is now offering new credentialed cooperative director training. Boards are responsible for directing the affairs of the cooperative. These courses discuss and explain the duties of cooperative directors, and the need for directors to acquire the minimum knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their responsibilities within the cooperative model.

Go to NRECA website for information on the Board Leadership Certificate

 


NWPPA classes offered:

2600 Director Duties and Liabilities – Credential Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate

Topics in this course will include: overview of today’s multi-billion dollar electric utility business; concepts and values that govern cooperatively owned businesses and related types of organizations; legal and regulatory concepts affecting public utilities; key legal documents such as articles of incorporation and bylaws; and the role of management and guidelines for maintaining an effective relationship with the CEO.

Course instructor is Terry Holzer, retired general manager of Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative.

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2610 Understanding the Electric Business – Credential Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate

The electric utility industry is an evolving high-tech system that must be designed and engineered to meet regulatory and consumer standards for reliability, quality, and safety. This requires an appropriate investment on a planned and ongoing basis. This course provides directors with an understanding of the key components of the electric utility industry.

Course topics include:

  • The basic functions and cost components of generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Current and emerging technologies that are impacting utility operations and policies
  • Issues related to distributed generation that the board may need to address
  • How environmental issues and national policies impact the cooperative
  • The board’s role to ensure a safe working environment

Course instructor is Rick Crinklaw, retired general manager of Lane Electric Cooperative.

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2620 Board Operations and Process – Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate

The board of directors is responsible for managing the affairs of the cooperative. In fulfilling its duties, the board typically can only take official action via majority vote in a duly convened meeting. This course focuses on the legal requirements for holding board meetings and also on the human factors and group processes that make such meetings productive and effective.

Course instructor is Terry Holzer, retired general manager of Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative.

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2630 Strategic Planning – Credential Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate

Boards have ultimate responsibility for ensuring and evaluating the long-term health of the organization. They help fulfill this duty through strategic thinking; identifying goals through strategic planning and authorizing the appropriate allocation of resources through the adoption of financial policies, budget review and approval; and monitoring management’s progress toward strategic goals. This course teaches directors how to participate effectively in strategic thinking and planning processes.

Course topics:

  • The difference between strategic thinking and strategic planning
  • Analyzing your cooperative’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • Recognizing the board’s oversight responsibility
  • Using the strategic plan in the annual evaluation of the cooperative’s accomplishment and as the foundation of the CEO’s performance appraisal

Course instructor is Rick Crinklaw, retired general manager of Lane Electric Cooperative.

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2640 Financial Decision Making – Credential Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate

This course helps directors understand the role of the board in financial planning, including identifying the basic documents used in financial planning and reporting.  It also covers assessing the issues that drive financial decisions, balancing competing goals, and taking responsibility to monitor and evaluate results.

Key Topics include:

  • Identifying the key financial decisions boards must make
  • Recognizing three key financial documents and three key financial ratios,
  • Understanding the basics of allocating and retiring capital credits policy
  • Understanding key elements of an Equity Management Policy
  •  Identifying ratemaking basics

Instructor is Rod Crile

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For more information on Credentialed Cooperative Director Training, please contact Arnie Winkler at arnie@nwppa.org or call (360) 816-1445.

View NWPPA’s calendar of events to find additional dates for these NWPPA classes.