Education and Training

SCAC strives to develop skillful and informed county leaders through advocacy, education, and collaboration. The Association offers a strong portfolio of educational programs with opportunities for orientation, certification, e-learning, and collaboration.

Institute of Government for County Officials

SCAC’s Institute of Government for County Officials (Institute of Government) provides the knowledge and skills that policymakers and executive staff need to address critical issues, meet the daily needs of their communities, and monitor the county’s performance.

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Since 1996, SCAC has provided training to county officials and employees via distance education programs. Today, the Association hosts training via webcasts and webinars. Each training session is made available as streaming video through SCAC’s online library  or a loaned DVD. The webcasts and webinars are an invaluable tool for providing education at no cost to the counties.

Planning and Zoning Officials Training

All of the Association’s planning and zoning training programs are approved by the S.C. Planning Education Advisory Committee. The Association provides orientation training and continuing education that addresses current issues and changes in state law. One course fulfills the annual planning/zoning continuing education requirement. Local planning/zoning officials and employees may also earn continuing education credit for four courses offered by the Institute of Government.

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Training for Council Officers

In February, SCAC offers a workshop for council chairmen and vice chairmen in conjunction with the Institute of Government. The workshop provides information about the duties, powers, and responsibilities of both leadership positions.
Participants learn strategies for running effective meetings; the importance of rules of procedure; and how a bill becomes state law. The value of building effective working relationships with local delegation members, council members, other elected officials, and the county chief administrative officer is also addressed.

Orientation for Newly-Elected Council Members

The Association hosts an orientation program for newly-elected council members in even-numbered years. Designed to provide a thorough insight into their new roles and responsibilities, the event also highlights how Association programs and services will be a valuable resource for them. The training is provided free-of-charge, and participants earn six hours of Institute of Government credit toward Level I certification.

SCAC/NACo Partnership on Leadership Academies

SCAC is partnering with NACo to build strong county leaders in South Carolina. The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an online 12-week program that empowers county government professionals with the leadership skills to deliver results for counties. The NACo Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy is similarly structured and geared for county employees dedicated to cybersecurity, IT, and risk management. Through the SCAC/NACo partnership, SC counties are eligible for a registration fee of $1,545 (instead of the $2,495 retail price). To learn more about the High Performance Leadership Academy and to register, visit NACo‘s website. Additional information regarding NACo’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy is also online.