Board Leadership Certificate


​​​​​​For directors who have already completed the Certified Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate, the Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) is the next step in advancing the knowledge and expe​rience directors need to govern their board effectively.

Certificate Requirements

The BLC can be attained after earning the CCD and then completing a total of 10 credits from the 900-level courses listed below. The credit value is indicated after the decimal point for each course. For example, course 901.1 provides one (1) credit and course 951.2 provides two (2) credits. Directors may attend BLC courses at any time but the BLC will not be awarded until the CCD program requirements are completed.

How the Program Works

Elective Courses
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. 

BLC Courses


Power Supply

Cooperative Business Model





Risk Management

NRECA offers the opportunity to take these courses several times each year at the following events:

Upon completion of your BLC, you will be recognized at the Regional Meetings. If you are interested in continuing your professional development beyond the BLC credential, you may be interested in working towards earning our new Direct​or Gold credential.

You can view your NRECA Course Attendance Record online. Select the Member Center tab at the top of this page and then My Course Record.