Local Government Training

photo of participants listening to speaker at an academy eventAcademy for Excellence in Local Government Leadership


Local governments are increasingly asked to do more, often with fewer resources. Local officials are frequently called upon to understand and make decisions on highly complex issues with grave implications for their jurisdictions. Today’s elected and appointed leaders must be well versed in everything from personnel law and economic development to land-use planning, running effective meetings, and leadership skills. Citizen distrust, accountability mandates, and public apathy complicate an already difficult situation.

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What is the Certificate in Local Government Leadership?

Upon completion of a total of 25 hours of specifically directed education and
training sessions within a three-year period, local officials will be informed that they have earned their Certificate in Local Government Leadership. These Certificates will be presented at IPA’s annual Institute for Local Government Leaders held every fall in Dover.

What are the certificate requirements?

Completion of a minimum of 7 three-hour training courses (21 hours of training) including at least 3 planning (PLN) courses, 2 local government leadership (LGL) courses, and one Institute for Local Government Leaders (4 hours of training) held annually each fall. Courses may also include IPA courses on economic development offered throughout the year.

What are the costs?

No additional cost is associated with the awarding of this certification and recipients are invited to attend the Institute as IPA’s guest to receive their certificate. Customary registration fees are $50-$100 for participation in most of the individual education and training sessions.

For more information, contact contact Sean O'Neill (302-831-8926) or Martin Wollaston.