CGCIO™ – Certified Government Chief Information Officer

This nationally recognized program equips government technology professionals with the requisite tools to improve and demonstrate your leadership skills to best manage your organization.

During the course of this 12-month program we will address:

Leadership styles • Communicating for results • Managing change • Assessing organizational effectiveness

Because career paths can rapidly change, PTI has expanded the program to allow graduates to be designated as either:
A Certified Government CIO (CGCIO),
Certified in Government Technology Leadership (CGTL)

Certified Government Chief Information Officer Badge
Certified Government Technology Leadership Badge

Program Details

  • West Coast Program begins June 19, 2024
  • East Coast Program begins June 26, 2024
  • “Dual-track” program where students in the two courses come together for nine virtual class discussions
  • Each course will accept up to three representatives from the technology vendor community (non-sales related positions)

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Addressing the technology leadership and management challenges impacting the local government IT community


      • All classes are presented virtually
      • 2024-2025 program kicks off June 2024
      • Three full-day mandatory classes, one at the start of the program (virtual), one midpoint (hybrid) and one the conclusion (virtual) of the course
      • 9 monthly virtual class discussions, each 2 hours in length
      • Monthly assignments
      • Online, self-paced coursework

Program Description

Public sector CIOs and IT directors are facing increasing challenges and responsibilities in the era of new governance. As the lines between traditional functional services and departments begin to blur, the IT leadership is charged with:

      • Managing the constantly expanding role for IT within your government
      • Protecting your government against ever-increasing security threats
      • Keeping up with the feverish pace of new technology.

The CGCIO™ Certification Program is a 12-month course that lays the foundation for assessing and addressing some of the most critical issues facing IT leadership in the public sector.

The purpose of this program is to equip leaders with the requisite tools to manage and improve their organizational technology assets. During the course of the program, we will address these major topics:

      • The Future CIO Leader
      • Artificial Intelligence and Local Government
      • Emerging Technologies and Leading Practices
      • Organizational Assessment and Effectiveness
      • Network Security, Managing Risk, Planning for Emergencies
      • Human Resources and Citizen Facing Technologies
      • Leadership Styles and Profiles; Communicating for Results; Digital Ethics
      • Managing Change
      • Time Management
      • Emotional Intelligence
      • Big, Open, and Visualized Data
      • Capstone Presentations and Graduation

Each broad topic will examine 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.

Students are also provided with access to an online education platform that provides students with self-paced coursework in three areas: Emotional intelligence, IT skills, and working in a team.

The program is divided into two cohort groups: East Coast and West Coast. Each cohort group meets separately at the kick off class (West Coast class June 19, 2024, East Coast class June 26, 2024), the mid-year class in December, and graduation in May. These are all-day classes. For the remainder of the program – the 9 monthly virtual discussions – the East Coast and West Coast cohort groups convene together for that discussion.

Instructional Institution

In 2008 PTI launched its CGCIO program in partnership with Rutgers University Center for Government Services. At this time, we worked with similar programs at UNC School of Government and Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University to create a consortium to develop and maintain consistent requirements and courses. PTI serves as the consortium coordinator.


In order to participate in the program, PTI requires the following five* requisites for the CIO Certification Program:
1. Minimum 7 Years of private or public managerial experience in the technology field, at least three years of technology management.*
2. Minimum 4-year degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.*
3. Agree by signature to a self-enforced code of ethics.
4. Completion of application stating why the applicant wants to enroll in this program, what he or she brings to the class, and the students’ expectations.
5. Full payment upon acceptance to the program.
*Perspective students may petition the program director for waiver of any of the above requirements. Petitions may include a rationale for the request of waiver.

Please note that you do not need to be a CIO to apply.


Program Leader

Program Leader

Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director, PTI

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Adam Frumkin, CIO, Franklin County, Ohio Data Center

Darryl Polk, CTO, Riverside County, California

Bill Hunter, Director of Technology, Roanoke County, Virginia

Barry Condrey, Condrey LLC and retired CIO, Chesterfield County, Virginia


Members of PTI, MISAC, CCISDA, GMIS, CGAIT, League of Minnesota Cities: $3,700
All others: $4,200
Tuition is non-refundable.

Course Materials

Required reading: Students are required to purchase these two books which will be used throughout the program:

CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices. We will be using this book throughout the program. This book is available from Amazon.

Seven Trends that will Transform Government Through Technology. This book is available from Amazon.


Certification is granted for a period of three years from the date of graduation. Graduates are expected to be recertified every three years by participating in a variety of activities, including, but not limited to, participating in education events – such as attending webinars, national and state professional conferences – writing articles, mentoring staff, etc.

Ethics Policy

Upon graduation, all students will be required to sign a non-binding Digital Ethics Policy.

Interested in taking the next step?

Do I have to be a CIO to enroll?

Approximately one-third of the students who participate in each class are currently CIOs. The other two-thirds are typically deputy CIOs or mid- to high-level IT professionals.

Your Experience Makes this Program Stronger!

What sets this program apart from the typical continuing education program? One of the unique aspects of this PTI – Rutgers University program is that the instructors treat the class as a cohort group of individuals who are willing and eager to share their experiences and insight with each other. The program instructors encourage and the students value the conversation and dialogue that takes place during the full-day and monthly classes.

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