Alabama Local Government Training Institute

Since 1995, the Alabama Local Government Training Institute (ALGTI) has been provided by the Government & Economic Development Institute at Auburn University (GEDI) for County Commissioners in Alabama. The ALGTI is comprised of two programs: the ALGTI Required Program and the ALGTI Advanced Program. Please note that both programs are designed for County Commissioners only, enrollment strictly limited to those currently serving in such positions.

All of Alabama’s County Commissioners are required by State law to complete the ALGTI Required Program, a 50-hour program of five courses, within two years of the Commissioner’s initial election. This program educates the newly elected Commissioner on the responsibilities and requirements of their role. After completion of the ALGTI Required Program, Commissioners are encouraged to participate in the ALGTI Advanced Program, a program of 70 additional instructional hours, which is designed to augment the Commissioner's awareness and effectiveness in policymaking and public administration. Program graduates are recognized and presented commemorative awards at a ceremony within the Annual Convention of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA).

The ALGTI was established to develop and maintain high standards for public service among County Commissioners, improving County leadership and the provision of County services throughout Alabama. Thank you for your interest in these two important programs.

All County Commissioners in Alabama must complete the 50-hour ALGTI Required Program within two years of their initial election. The program's curriculum includes the following courses, each accounting for 10 instructional hours. Please note that ALGTI programming is strictly limited to current County Commissioners. Reelected Commissioners that have previously completed the ALGTI Required Program are not required to complete the program a second time, even if the Commissioner’s terms of service are noncontiguous. These Commissioners are encouraged, however, to complete the ALGTI Advanced Program.

This course provides information on the immediate needs and requirements of the newly elected County Commissioner. It explores such issues as the roles and responsibilities of the Commissioner, statutory requirements of the Commission and the Commissioner, structure of county government, legal liabilities, roles of county constitutional officers, and resources available to the Commission.

This course acquaints the County Commissioner with the significant ethical and legal requirements affecting the Commissioner. It reviews issues such issues as the open meetings law requirements, conflicts of interest, and other standards of ethical conduct. Completion of this course fulfills the educational requirement of new Commissioners by the Alabama Ethics Commission.

This course provides the County Commissioner with an understanding of revenue, expenditure obligations, and other processes that affect County government in Alabama. In addition, it gives an overview of the budgetary process, examining the maintenance of budgetary expenditures and the role of examiners in ensuring the County's sound financial operations.

This course contributes to the County Commissioner’s policymaking and administrative proficiencies in the areas of physical infrastructure. Commissioners examine variations and advantages of road surfaces and bridge designs, road and bridge maintenance, right of way acquisitions, bridge inventory and load rating systems, and legal liability.

A County Commissioner’s completion of any one course within the ALGTI Advanced Program will fulfill the final requirement of the ALGTI Required Program. Please navigate to the Advanced Program’s following webpage for additional information regarding these courses.

The ALGTI Advanced Program is an extracurricular program for County Commissioners who have completed the ALGTI Required Program. ALGTI Advanced Program courses are offered each year, past offerings including "Intergovernmental Relations," "Personnel Administration," "Emergency Management," "Understanding the Liability of the County Commission," "Contracting Procedures," "Economic Development and Growth Management," and numerous others. Please note that ALGTI programming is strictly limited to current County Commissioners.

The 70-hour curriculum, which is in addition to the 50-hour ALGTI Required Program, can be accomplished through any combination of unrepeated ALGTI Advanced Program courses, each accounting for 10 hours, as well as attendance to certain conferences focused on County work and issues. However, conference credits can account for no more than 20 of the ALGTI Advanced Program's 70 instructional hours of credit. These conferences and their associated credits are listed below.

  • ACCA Annual Convention: 3 credit hours
  • ACCA Legislative Conference: 2 credit hours
  • NACo Annual Conference & Exposition: 3 credit hours
  • NACo Legislative Conference: 3 credit hours

Please note that the ALGTI Advanced Program has historically been referred to as the "graduate program", its courses occasionally referred to as "electives," "graduate electives," or "graduate courses."

Contemporary Issues of Community Development
ALGTI Advanced Program

June 13-14, 2024
Prattville, AL
Registration Deadline: June 7, 2024

Course Registration

Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management
ALGTI Advanced Program

July 25-26, 2024
Prattville, AL
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2024

Course Registration

Roles of the Chair of the County Commission
ALGTI Advanced Program

October 3-4, 2024
Prattville, AL
Registration Deadline: September 27, 2024

Course Registration

The ALGTI is governed by a board of directors, which establishes policies for both the ALGTI Required Program as well as the ALGTI Advanced Program. Many of these policies are included in the preceding webpages of this ALGTI website, but all policies are centralized here for reference.

  • Enrollment in any ALGTI course is strictly limited to current County Commissioners. Registrations belonging to any other individuals will be cancelled, as such participation is prohibited.
  • Written registration cancellations received 15 working days prior to the course’s beginning will receive a partial refund of the registration fee, less an administrative fee of $50.00. Note that refunds are only allowed for credit card payments, as Auburn University will not refund check payments unless the agency is a registered vendor of the university.
  • Due to commitments with instructors, caterers, and meeting facilities, late cancellations or non-attendance will not be refunded. However, substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time.
  • Participants must attend the entirety of an ALGTI course to receive its associated credits. A participant who misses any portion of the course will be required to retake it in its entirety to receive credit.
  • Participation in this program's events grants organizers the right and permission to use photos, videos, and audio recordings taken from such events in publicity efforts, to include social media content.
  • No ALGTI course can be taken twice for program credit. A Commissioner may take a course twice if they are seeking reinforcement or updated information on the course’s subject matter, but they will not receive credits for this repetition.
  • Reelected County Commissioners that have previously completed the ALGTI Required Program are not required to complete the program a second time, even if the Commissioner’s terms of service are noncontiguous.
  • Completion of certain classes in the County Government Education Institute (CGEI) can be transferred to ALGTI programs for credit, mostly in extenuating circumstances regarding a Commissioner’s inability to attend an ALGTI course offering. It is recommended that Commissioners contact GEDI to confirm any CGEI course’s qualification for transfer credit.

Last Updated: April 17, 2024