After completing 60 hours of training and passing an exam on the Tennessee County Government Handbook, candidates attend a three-day capstone or graduation-type event. During the capstone, the participants demonstrate the administration, leadership and management skills they have gained throughout the extensive training. Upon completion of the capstone, the participants are designated as certified public administrators.
Each course in the program is designed to aid county government officials in performing their jobs and efficiently administering county services. Classroom topics include ethics, fire insurance ratings, finance, records management, proactive leadership and information technology proficiency.
In addition to the CPA designation, Chief Prock also holds the Certified Corrections Manager designation from the American Correctional Association.