Earn Professional Credentials
Through the iGO CPO Program

iGO offers a nationally-recognized certification program, designed to promote excellence and continuing education opportunities for public officials.

iGO members have an opportunity to earn professional credentials through the Certified Public Officials (CPO) Program. Recognizing the need to promote educational standards for the nation’s professional administrators of county elections, court systems, land records and records management, iGO offers this program to members.

Individuals complete an extensive program of continuing education focusing on specific areas of responsibility. Credits can be earned at sessions that are held at iGO conferences or webinars. Certification modules include clerk to board/court administration, elections administration, land records and records management.

Certified Public Official designations are awarded at the iGO Annual Conference, held each summer. Along with the privilege of using the “CPO” designation beside their signature, CPOs also receive a display plaque recognizing achievement as a Certified Public Official.

iGO CPO Program Q&A

How do I get started?

Visit the iGO website and print out the Certification Workbook. Register for the program by sending the registration form on page six of the workbook, along with the $25 enrollment fee, to the iGO office. Contact iGO office to receive a copy of your transcript. Collect all of your information regarding other training activities (agendas, certificates, etc.) and start applying those sessions to the appropriate categories in the worksheets found in the workbook.

Do all credits for certification need to come from iGO sessions?

No, 16 of 72 in the Management tier and 12 of 24 in the job specific tier need to be iGO sponsored credits. The rest of the credits can come from other sources such as work experience, college credits, or other training sessions.

What non-iGO types of courses are eligible to apply towards my CPO?

State association meetings, speakers, online courses, webinars, professional development courses, internal county training (any kind of supervisory training, FMLA, diversity, sexual harassment, disaster recovery, ethics, budgeting, etc.)

What is not eligible?

Visit the iGO website and print out the Certification Workbook. Register for the program by sending the registration form on page six of the workbook, along with the $25 enrollment fee, to the iGO office. Contact iGO office to receive a copy of your transcript. Collect all of your information regarding other training activities (agendas, certificates, etc.) and start applying those sessions to the appropriate categories in the worksheets found in the workbook.

What documentation is needed for courses other than iGO sponsored ones?

A course description and proof of attendance – either an attendance certificate or registration confirmation.

Does the CPO designation expire?

State association meetings, speakers, online courses, webinars, professional development courses, internal county training (any kind of supervisory training, FMLA, diversity, sexual harassment, disaster recovery, ethics, budgeting, etc.)

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