Posted: November 1, 2016 at 12:00 am
Overton Power District No. 5 board members pictured left to right: Mike Young, Judy Metz, Gary Leavitt, Jack Nelson and Robert Bunker

Board members received NRECA Director Training Certifications

October 31, 2016 Mesquite, NV. Overton Power District No. 5 board directors Gary Leavitt, Robert Bunker, Judy Metz, Jack Nelson and Mike Young were recognized at the last board meeting held on October 19, 2016 for successfully completing the National Rural Electric Association (NRECA) courses and receiving their NRECA Director Training Certifications.

NRECA provides various levels of training for directors. 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

Directors must first obtain the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate and then complete a total of 10 additional training credits for the advanced Board Leadership Certification.

Mendis Cooper, Overton Power District No. 5 General Manager said “This program takes a lot of time and commitment to complete, showing the dedication of our board to the District and their communities.”