Cooperative consumer-members are best served by directors who are well-versed in democratic principles and who understand the industry and how this industry can move forward to meet changing demands.
Their education is the cornerstone of effective self-governance.
Our bylaws, Section 4.02, require they be certified within their first term of office.
The fifth cooperative principle states that cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees.
This is so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives.
Early co-operators lived in societies where education was reserved for the privileged, but they recognized then, as today, that education was fundamental to transforming their lives – a key to enlightenment and social progress. And they recognized their responsibility to help in the education of their cooperative members and their families by allocating part of their organization’s trading surplus to education. Education was and remains the lifeblood of all cooperatives. It is a driver of cooperative development, and is important across all areas of cooperation.
Serving an average of 18,459 consumers in six counties with assets totaling over $118 million and annual revenues of $43,814,317, CEC is a complicated business in a rapidly changing industry and requires a high level of competence and professionalism. It is critically important for the Director's to receive continued education to become and remain knowledgeable so they can best serve the member owners.
NRECA’s Director Certificate Programs are specifically designed to help electric cooperative directors, at every stage of their service, understand their roles and responsibilities, stay up-to-date on the key issues and trends in the industry and prepare them to meet the challenges facing electric cooperatives now and in the future.
The Director Certificate Programs are offered in three parts, taken in progression from fundamental to advanced:
Each course lasts for at least eight hours and is $588 each, a total of $10,584 to achieve a Director Gold certificate. Most of that fee goes towards the instructor and the development of the course and course materials.
It is very much like taking a college, university, or vocational-technical course.
Training is imperative and the leaders of the cooperative (Board members, managers, department heads, employees, etc.) MUST stay informed and educated about not only the electric cooperative industry, but the electric utility industry in general. Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to the Cooperative and its members to be as educated and informed as possible so that the BEST POSSIBLE DECISIONS can be made for the coop and for the coop’s members.
Travel, lodging, and meals are not included in the price of the course and can vary depending on the location.
NRECA also offers director education courses throughout the year in conjunction with a variety of NRECA educational conferences and events across the country.