If you are interested in continuing your professional development beyond the BLC credential, you may be interested in working towards earning our new
Director Gold credential.
Not sure where to start? We can help you create a custom learning roadmap with our
Online Director Education Assessment.
WHERE TO TAKE THE COURSES IN THIS PROGRAM
- Our courses are offered online at various times throughout the year.
NRECA offers the opportunity to take BLC courses several times each year at the following events:
NOTE: Please check each event's schedule to see what courses are being offered.
Additionally, these courses can be delivered onsite at your co-op, statewide or G&T.
Learn more about our onsite training opportunities.
How the Program Works
Directors are free to enroll in any of the courses available in the BLC series. We suggest that all directors complete five specific BLC courses—indicated with a single asterisk (*) in the list below—as part of the 10 credits needed to earn the BLC. These courses cover five subject areas important for every director: the purpose and value of the cooperative business model, bylaws, policy development, ethics, and political engagement. This recommendation does not imply a mandatory requirement and all directors remain free to choose from any of the available BLC courses to satisfy the 10 credits required for the BLC.
Build a Balanced Board
The BLC courses are grouped into specialty areas. To ensure boards have a diverse set of knowledge and skills relevant to governing electric co-ops, directors are encouraged to ensure their board as a whole has exposure to each specialty area.
Upon completion of your BLC, you will be recognized at the Regional Meetings.
NRECA's world-class instructors bring into the classroom a wealth of wide ranging co-op experience in engineering, management, politics, finance, technology, and communications. Our instructors are also well versed in the cooperative business model and the key issues that face electric cooperatives today. All are skilled in fostering a learning environment characterized by critical thinking, open discussions and case studies designed to prepare directors to meet today's governance challenges.