The job of a borough official evolves on a regular basis. From responding to emergency situations to crafting operating budgets, PSAB’s Certified Borough Officials Program (CBO) provides training to help you manage issues in your community. The CBO program is a voluntary achievement program available to elected and appointed borough officials. Upon completion, you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement at the annual conference.
Click here to read an article from the April 2013 Borough News Magazine on why you should become a Certified Borough Official (CBO).
Thomas Reenock of Northampton Borough, Northampton County, is a Certified Borough Official. He was awarded a certificate of achievement at the 2014 Annual Conference in State College.
For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.
The program encompasses three areas of professional development:
· Completion of required training courses
· Demonstration of official leadership requirement
· Attendance at PSAB conferences
To achieve CBO recognition, you must earn 66 credit hours within a four-year period, earning five credit hours from each of the six categories listed below. The remaining 36 credits can be selected in any category you choose. Off-site seminars and workshops are held in local communities across Pennsylvania. PSAB also offers webinars that count as credits. Courses are led by experienced local officials and managers, finance and planning directors, and others.
Category 1 - Leadership
Category 2 - Intergovernmental Cooperation
Category 3 - Infrastructure Management
Category 4 - Municipal Services
Category 5 - Municipal Personnel
Category 6 - Finance
Elected officials must serve as a council person or mayor. Appointed officials must hold a leadership position in a community organization. Both elected and appointed officials must demonstrate active leadership in community improvement projects for four or more years.
CBO Recipients 1999-Present
To enroll in the CBO Program, please contact:
Senior Director, Education and Sustainability
717-236-9526, Ext. 1027
Theresa M. Dickow
Assistant Director of Education & Meetings
717-236-9526, Ext. 1042