GCEC Directors Renew Director Gold Credentials

5 Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative directors recently renewed their Director Gold credentials. Pictured with CEO/General Manager John Bartley are Doug Birmingham, Jimmy Black, Rupert Brown, Robert Byrd and Betty Moore.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Director Certificate programs are specifically designed to help electric cooperative directors, at every stage of their service, understand their roles and responsibilities, stay up-to-date on the key issues and trends in the industry, and prepare them to meet the challenges facing electric cooperatives now and in the future. The Director Certificate Programs are offered in three parts, progressing from fundamental to advanced.

First is the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certification. The certification requires completion of 5 courses that focus on basic governance knowledge and the essential skills required of cooperative directors. The CCD prepares directors to fulfill their fiduciary duty as elected officials serving on behalf of their membership.

Next is the NRECA Board Leadership Director certification. The second part of the director education program consists of a series of courses focusing in greater depth on specific industry and governance issues. These include risk management, power supply, parliamentary procedure, technology and policy development.

Lastly, the Director Gold credential recognizes directors committed to continuing their education beyond the CCD and BLC and who desire a tangible credential that demonstrates their ongoing commitment to advancing their knowledge and performing their fiduciary duty to the best of their ability