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CBO Training BEL program application is closed.

Please check back in August for information on 2023 cohorts.

Originally developed in partnership with the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team, California County Superintendents Education Services Association, Association of California School Administrators, California School Boards Association, California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing and School Services of California, Inc., the evolution of the CASBO Business Executives Leadership (“BEL”) Program is designed to ensure the success of future CBOs.

I had a wonderful experience earning the CBO Certification. The materials have been invaluable in my career and broadened my knowledge of school business. It was a great confidence builder. Networking is a much-needed support system for a CBO.  Mary Downey, Deputy Superintendent, Business Services, Sonoma COE

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our program has been refined to ensure the content is competency-based and designed for immediate application of knowledge.

Delivery Models

New! Comprehensive and concise. Designed for busy adult learners.

Accelerated CBO

This six-month, virtual* program offers an accelerated curriculum, designed for the professional currently serving in a CBO or equivalent leadership position.


  • Currently serving in a CBO position or equivalent; and
  • 1-5+ years of experience in a district/county office of education in said position.

*This is a hybrid program, with the majority of sessions held live online, combined with some in-person instruction.

Adults studying together

Aspiring CBO

This nine-month, in-person program offers a pathway for those actively aspiring to, or directly supporting, a CBO position.


  • Currently aspiring to, or directly supporting, a CBO position; and
  • 1-5+ years of experience in a district/county office of education in said position.


Member: $5,500

Non-Member: $7,500


Learn more about how your team can enjoy discounted rates on this and many other courses and professional development opportunities.

Business Executive Leadership Program FAQs

Please check back in August for information on 2023 cohorts.

CASBO BEL Program – Accelerated CBO

July – December 2022

Held Three Monday Evenings per Month
(Except November 16, 2022)
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Virtual Live Format

























CASBO BEL Program – Aspiring CBO

September 2022 – June 2023

Held on Select Fridays
(Except November 16, 2022)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | In-Person, Orange COE

September 30, 2022

October 21, 2022

November 16, 2022*

December 16, 2022

January 6, 2023

January 27, 2023

February 17, 2023

March 3, 2023

April 21, 2023

May 12, 2023

June 2, 2023

*Session will be held IN PERSON, onsite and just prior to the CASBO 2022 CBO Symposium.

The online application period for the upcoming 2022-23 BEL Accelerated and Aspiring Programs closes May 13, 2022. Applicant review and selection will occur in mid-May.

CASBO will send notifications of acceptance and invoices by May 25, 2022. If accepted, you will have until June 15, 2022, to pay your invoice via:

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

Please Note: For those accepted into the BEL Program, tuition does not cover your transportation or lodging expenses, nor does it cover the cost of the certification application or exam after program completion.

Completion of a 2022-23 CASBO BEL Program satisfies the requirements for the CASBO Chief Business Official (CBO) Certification exam application (additional fee) and examination/assessment (additional fee).

Need assistance with the BEL Program?

(279) 203-9903