CBO Training Program: FAQs

Do you have any upcoming programs scheduled?

The following organizations are hosting programs (also called "cohorts"):

  • Sonoma COE (program began 4/22/16)
  • Santa Clara COE (program began 6/17/16)
  • San Luis Obispo COE (program began 9/30/16)
  • Sutter COE (program began 12/9/16)
  • Central Valley (at Madera COE; program began 3/17/17)
  • San Bernardino CSS (program began 5/19/17)
  • San Diego COE (sold out; program begins 7/21/17)
  • San Joaquin COE (coming soon!)

Don't see a location that works for you? Other programs are in the works! Contact us and we'll let you know when they open.

How often do new cohorts begin?

Because classes are offered by volunteer host COEs, a new cohort can begin whenever a COE determines there is sufficient interest in its county or region. It is not necessary for all COEs to host a cohort at the same time.

How often do classes meet?

Each host COE establishes a class meeting schedule that best meets the needs of its group. Classes usually are held once or twice per month and range from four to eight hours, depending on the individual COE's schedule.

Will I have a mentor?

Rather than assign you an individual mentor, we will provide you with a variety of experts and school business professionals from whom you may seek guidance and with whom you may discuss homework assignments throughout the duration of your cohort.

How do I register?

You can register for the program on our website under Learn > Professional Development. Each program follows a three-module layout, and you may register for all three modules at once OR one module at a time.

How and when do I pay for the program?

You may pay your tuition by credit card at time of registration; or by check or purchase order on the open invoice that is generated through the registration process. Whether you register for all three modules at once OR one module at a time, payment for each module is due prior to its start date. Please Note: Program tuition does not cover your transportation or lodging expenses.

After completing the program, will I automatically earn a CASBO certification?

Completion of Modules 1 and 2 satisfies the 220-hour training requirement for Director of Fiscal Services (DFS) and DFSE Certifications. Completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 satisfies the 440-hour training requirement for Chief Business Official (CBO) and CBOE Certifications. However, you will not receive a certification automatically — you must apply for certification within one year of completing the program.

 

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