Robert Bunker, Judy Metz, Jack Nelson and Mike Young recently completed the required courses as part of the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) Training Program. The CCD, is a set of five courses that focus on basic governance knowledge and the essential skills required of electric utility directors. The program requires attendance and a demonstrated understanding of the basic competencies contained in five core courses:

  • Director Duties and Liabilities
  • Understanding the Electric Business
  • Board Roles and Relationships
  • Business Planning
  • Understanding Financial Planning


Upon completion of all five CCD courses, directors are awarded the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate by NRECA.

The second part of the director education program is the Board Leadership Certification (BLC). OPD’s board director Gary Leavitt received his Board Leadership Certification after successfully completing a series of courses focusing in greater depth on specific industry and governance issues. These include issues such as:


  • Risk management
  • Power supply
  • Parliamentary procedure
  • Technology and policy development