In conjunction with the School of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the NCACC sponsors the Essentials of County Government, an intensive two-day training seminar held throughout the state after every election cycle. These sessions offer an all-encompassing overview of county government and the roles and responsibilities of county commissioners.
The sessions are geared for both veteran and newly elected county commissioners. Entire boards are encouraged to attend.
Each session includes the two hours of ethics training that all county commissioners, both new and returning, are required to complete within 12 months of their election. Essentials of County Government also fulfills the "Orientation" requirement for all LELA recognition levels.