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CASBO’s CBO Business Executives Leadership (BEL) Program is the only program of its kind designed and led by working CBOs to foster the next generation of school business leadership in California’s changing educational landscape.

The program provides participants with the practical knowledge and skills needed to fast-track their career and a path to qualify for CBO certification. Curriculum offers in-depth learning on core disciplines, such as:

• Finance
• Budget Development & Accounting
• Communications
• Leadership & Operations
• Human Resources

Additional benefits include:

Ongoing updates to address current hot topics & industry trends
Networking with school business colleagues & leaders across California
Eligibility to take CASBO’s CBO Certification exam

Two tracks are available to choose from:

Accelerated CBO, a 6-month program for school business professionals currently employed at a LEA as a CBO or equivalent position for a minimum of 1 year.
Aspiring CBO, a 9-month program for school business professionals currently employed at a LEA as a director or senior role that reports to a CBO for a minimum of 1 year.

To receive announcements on applications for future cohorts, please submit the form at the link below.


There are currently no open CBO BEL Cohorts accepting applications.

Accelerated CBO

Winter 2024 – Virtual

Mondays,  3 pm – 8 pm (except as noted below)


1/12/24 & 1/13/24*







4/6/24 & 4/7/24**







*In person, Sacramento; 10 am-6 pm; 8 am-3 pm

**In person, Palm Springs (Prior to the CASBO Annual Conference); 10 am-5 pm; 8 am-3 pm

***In person, Location to be Announced (Graduation/Celebration); 9 am-5 pm

Tuition is currently $5,500 for members or $7,500 for non-members.

Full payment must be received by the specified cohort payment deadline to confirm participation in the program.

Payment plans are not accepted. Payment options include:

  • Credit Card; or
  • eCheck; or
  • Paper check (received by CASBO by the deadline).

CASBO does not offer scholarship programs at this time. Please discuss financial support with your supervisor, human resources, CBO, school or County Office of Education prior to applying.

Please Note: For those accepted into the program, tuition does not cover the cost of the certification exam after program completion.

Successful completion of a CASBO CBO Business Executives Leadership Program satisfies the requirement to sit for the CASBO CBO certification exam (additional fee).

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