North Carolina CGCIO

Applications for 2022 are now closed. The application for next fall will open in February 2023.

The CIO Certification Program is a 10-month course that lays the foundation for assessing and addressing some of the most critical issues facing IT leadership in K-12, local and state government. The purpose of this program is to equip leaders with the requisite tools to manage and improve their organizational technology assets. Participants will address major topics including IT governance, project management, and risk assessment and management. Each broad topic will incorporate specific local government issues and draw on participant experience to provide both theoretical and practical applied knowledge to the challenges. Case studies, exercises, and guest speakers will be included.

The cost of the CGCIO program  is $3,750. The program meets for two consecutive days each month in Chapel Hill at the School of Government beginning in August and ending in June with graduation.

For local government officials, this course is sponsored by NC Local Government Information Systems Association (NCLGISA).

For K-12 officials, this course is sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction.

The program dates are:

Session 1 -  8.30-8.31.22
Session 2 - 9.20-9.21.22
Session 3- 10.18-10.19.22
Session 4 - 11.15-11.16.22
Session 5 - 12.13-12.14.22
Session 6 - 1.17-1.18.23
Session 7- 2.21-2.22.23
Session 8 - 3.21-3.22.23
Session 9 - 4.18-4.19.23
Session 10 - 5.16-5.18.23- NCLGISA Spring Symposium
Session 11- 6.26-6.27.23

NCLGISA Scholarship

To apply for the NCLGISA Scholarship, click here:

You will need to become a member to access the application, if you are not already one.

Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply toward tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)

Additional information

 Graduate credit

Students have the option to receive graduate credit upon completion of the course. Students interested in earning graduate-level credit hours for CGCIO need to submit an application through the Friday Center as a non-degree student using this link and paying the associated fee. Please reach out to Jessica Khan with additional questions about the process.

Steps to Maintaining Certification:

20 hours of CEU/year

CEU obtained by attending  symposia, conferences,webinars, and teaching courses

Once you obtain the CEU's submit the hours with documentation to Shannon H. Tufts


There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jessica Khan

Program Manager, Management, Administration, and Leadership Group
Shannon Tufts
Professor of Public Law and Government; Director, Center for Public Technology