Alabama Local Government Training Institute
Graduate Program

70-Hour Continuing Education



The current requirements for the Alabama Local Government Training Institute Graduate program requires 70 hours of course work and approved conference participation beyond the mandatory fifty hours. Up to 20 of the 70 hours can be approved conference hours.

The overall hour and distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Acceptance of commissioners into the ALGTI program only after completion of the mandated 50 hour program
  • Development of course curricula designed exclusively for veteran commissioners and relying heavily upon practical skills development
  • A continuing education requirement for retention of the ALGTI Graduate Program status

Up to 20 hours can be applied to the Graduate program from participation in the ACCA annual and legislative conferences, NACO annual and legislative conferences, and the CGS annual Alabama County Government Institute.

The 20 hours can be obtained from a combination of the following possibilities:

  • ACCA Convention - 3 credit hours
  • ACCA Legislative Conference - 2 credit hours
  • NaCo Annual Convention - 3 credit hours
  • NaCo Legislative Conference - 3 credit hours
  • Local Government Institute Luncheon - 2 credit hours
  • Local Government Institute Conference - 10 credit hours

Participants in the Graduate Program may take one additional elective from the pool of four electives offered under the 50-hour mandatory program. Remaining hours can be obtained from the ALGTI Graduate curriculum composed of 10-hour courses including such possibilities as:

  • Financial Administration of Bonds
  • The State Legislature and Local Legislation
  • Emergency Management, Hazardous Materials, Landfills, and Solid Waste Disposal
  • Contracting Procedures (Bids and Specifications)
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Visioning and Community-building
  • Economic Development and Growth Management
  • Transparency
  • Law Enforcement and County Commission
  • Understanding County Commission Liability Responsibilities
  • County Program Assessment and Evaluation
  • Decision-making Skills for County Commissioners
  • Government technology decision-making
  • Intra-county communication and cooperation


Cancellation Policy:

Provided that space is available, receipt of the registration form constitutes registration. Written cancellations, received fifteen (15) working days prior to the beginning of the program will be honored with a full refund of the registration fee. Due to conference commitments, late cancellations or non-attendance will not be refunded. Substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time.


Attendance Policy:

The ALGTI Board has established an attendance policy which states that the entire course must be taken in order to receive full credit. A commissioner who misses any portion of a course will be required to retake the course in its entirety in order to receive credit for the course.



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