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About the Certification Program
Maintaining Your Certification
ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
The Tribal Governance Certification Program demonstrates a commitment to the strength and success of your community. An effective council or board member is ethical, dedicated and fiscally responsible. You're required to know your role, responsibilities and liabilities. You need to understand an audit report, know how to use performance measures to evaluate executive staff and realize ways to expand your funding base.
We've distilled the information from five of our most popular governance classes into one program that will leave you with all the essential information you need to serve as a productive board or council member. After passing an online assessment, you'll be awarded a certificate verifying that you've demonstrated an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective governance. Regardless of your daily roles and responsibilities, this unique certification program will give you the confidence and knowledge to make the right decisions for the members of the community you serve.
|T O P I C S I N C L U D E
|The Basics of Tribal Governments
Tribal Council Responsibilities and Functions
- Tribal sovereignty
- Structure of typical tribal governments
- IRA charters
- Functions of tribal governments
- Tribal officers and their roles
- Tribal constitutions
- Ordinances vs. amendments
- Limits on the power of government
- Self-determination or self-governance?
- Role of the council
- Council effectiveness
- Organizational and program planning
- Organizational continuity
- Council member rights
Council Member Liability
- Purpose of committees
- Standing and special committees
- What makes a committee effective?
- How to present information to council
- Potential liability in Indian Country
- Standard rules of liability
- Use of organization's funds
|Financial Responsibility and Accountability
- Asking the right questions
- Which documents to review
- Ensuring transparency
- Understanding your bookkeeper's duties
- Using competent financial expertise
- Internal controls
- OMB's "Super Circular"
- Sample budgets and procedures
- Diversifying and expanding the funding base
- Ensuring accountability and results
Using Performance Measures to Evaluate Executive Staff
- Selecting the right auditor
- Working with an auditor
- Single Audit compliance
- Reading and understanding the auditor's report
Working with the Finance Director/CFO
- Who is "Executive Staff"?
- Due process
- Sources for standards
- Providing feedback
- CFO's critical roles
- What to look for in a CFO
- Recruiting, interviewing and hiring your CFO
- Can you trust your CFO?
- CFO/Council interactions
- What's reasonable to expect?
- When the board disagrees with the CFO
- Criteria for evaluating the CFO
|Working with the Finance Committee
Enhancing the Government-to-Government Relationship
- Why have a finance committee?
- What does a finance committee do?
- Who serves on the finance committee?
- Role in the annual audit
- Role in strategic planning
- Do your bylaws call for a finance committee?
Expanding your Funding Base
- History of federal Indian law
- Understanding sovereignty
- P.L. 280
- Federal agencies and state officials
- Working effectively with state officials
- Grant resources
- CFDA grant categories
- Federal and private funding
- Leadership styles
- Managing conflicts
- Dealing with troublesome board members
Ethics and Standards of Conduct
- Key elements of an effective meeting
- Roles of council members in meetings
- Checklist for more effective meetings
- Parliamentary procedures
- Minutes of the meeting
- Conflicts of interest
- Use of influence
- Personal behavior - impropriety
- Fiscal responsibility
- Use of tribal property
Become certified by completing these simple steps:
- Register for and attend the Tribal Governance Certification Program
- Pass the online qualifying exam within seven days of finishing the Program
The Falmouth Tribal Governance Certification Program can also be delivered as an Onsite Program for organizations seeking to certify at least seven participants. To discuss onsite training opportunities, please call Falmouth at 800-992-4489, ext. 119.
To receive your Tribal Governance Certification, you must pass the online qualifying exam.*
- The exam consists of 60 multiple choice and true/false questions drawn from the program's course content.
- In class, you'll receive instructions on how to get your unique username and password and how to access the exam.
- You'll have seven days from the last day of class to access the exam. You must complete the exam in one sitting and you'll receive your results immediately after you submit it.
- You'll be able to download your certificate showing that you have received your Tribal Governance Certification as soon as you have passed the exam.
- If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you'll have one year to re-test. You may take the exam a total of three times, after which you'll have to register for and attend the Tribal Governance Certification Program again before you are permitted to re-test. You must pay a $100 exam fee each time you re-register to take the exam. The retest form is available here.
*Testing accommodations are available to those with a documented disability. Please contact Basla Andolsun at 1-800-992-4489 or email@example.com to discuss your particular situation. You must request accommodations when you register for the Certification Program for accommodations to be guaranteed.
Falmouth takes pride in its exceptional faculty. We only work with outstanding trainers who have years of specialized Indian Country experience and who are experts in their fields. You can expect your instructor(s) for this program to deliver top quality training suited to your unique needs as a leader in tribal governance.
MAINTAINING YOUR CERTIFICATION
Your certification is valid for one year from the date it is issued. To maintain certification, you must:
- Attend at least 12 hours of qualified training before your certification expiration date**; and
- Submit a certification maintenance form by the expiration date. Please click here for the form.
**Falmouth will grant extensions for students who have registered for upcoming classes that start up to 2 months beyond the month their certification expires in. Such students will still need to submit the certification maintenance form by the expiration date. They must note on the form that the class is upcoming and, upon class completion, resubmit their certification form.
Because tribal governance leaders need to be well-versed in all arenas of civic life, any Falmouth Institute class (2 or 3 days) related to governance, finance, human resources, law, education, social services, housing, cultural and natural resources, law enforcement or construction qualifies you for re-certification.