North Carolina CGCIO

Applications for 2024-25 program are now closed.

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 $4,500. 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 2024-25 program dates are:

  • Session 1: 8/27-28, 2024
  • Session 2: 9/24-25, 2024
  • Session 3: 10/15-16, 2024
  • Session 4: 11/19-20, 2024
  • Session 5: 12/10-11, 2024
  • Session 6: 1/14-15, 2025
  • Session 7: 2/25-26, 2025
  • Session 8: 3/18-19, 2025
  • Session 9: 4/15-16, 2025
  • May session will be the NCLGISA Spring Symposium
  • Session 10: 6/17-18, 2025

Additional information


NCLGISA Scholarship

To apply for the NCLGISA Scholarship, click here: You will need to be or become a member to access the application.

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 Clare Kilmartin 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, please submit the hours with documentation to Shannon H. Tufts.

There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
The cost of this course is $4,500.
North Carolina Local Government Informations System Association (NCLGISA) Scholarship
Click HERE for information on applying for a NCLGISA scholarship. Note you must be or become a member to access the application.

Civic Local Foundation Scholarship

Civic Local Foundation offers scholarships to local government employees who are members of Civic Federal Credit Union or Local Government Federal Credit Union. Scholarships can be applied toward tuition for the School’s conferences, classes, and seminars.

Through this commitment, the Foundation dedicates scholarship funds annually to credit union members to offset the cost of attending various trainings from the School.

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)

To get more information or to apply, visit the Civic Federal Credit Union ( or the Local Government Federal Credit Union ( scholarship website.

All course materials and other logistical details are provided in Canvas, a learning management system. Please click the link below for detailed instructions on setting up your Canvas account. If you've already set up an account for this or another School of Government course, click HERE to log in to Canvas. Click HERE for Canvas Instructions.

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:

Clare Kilmartin

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