Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO™) Program

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Because career paths can rapidly change, CompTIA Public Technology Institute (PTI) has expanded the CGCIO™ program to allow graduates to be designated as either a Certified Government CIO; or Certified in Government Technology Leadership.

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 1) managing the constantly expanding role for IT within your government, 2) protecting your government against ever-increasing security threats, and 3) keeping up with the feverish pace of new technology.

The CompTIA PTI/Rutgers University Center for Government Services 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 (virtual)
  • Emerging Technologies and Leading Practices (virtual)
  • Organizational Assessment and Effectiveness (virtual)
  • Network Security, Managing Risk, Planning for Emergencies (virtual)
  • Human Resources and IT (virtual)
  • Leadership Styles and Profiles; Communicating for Results; Digital Ethics (live/on-site)
  • Strategic Planning/Smart Cities and Counties/ERP (virtual)
  • Managing Change (virtual)
  • Time Management (virtual)
  • Emotional Intelligence (virtual)
  • Big and Open Data (virtual)
  • Capstone Presentations and Graduation (live/on-site)

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 Skillsoft, an online education platform that provides students with self-paced coursework in three areas: Emotional intelligence, IT skills, and working in a team.

Instructional Institution

In 2008 CompTIA 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. CompTIA PTI serves as the consortium administrator.


In order to participate in the program, CompTIA 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 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.

What Students Need to Know Regarding the CGCIO™ Program

This is a year-long program with an estimated total of 240 contact hours to include:

  • One full-day class to start the program, one full-day class at the midpoint of the program and one at graduation. Students will have the option to attend in person or virtually. Attendance at these classes is mandatory.
  • 9 monthly virtual class discussions, which are 2 hours in length
  • Monthly homework assignments
  • Online, self-paced coursework

Students can select to join the east coast cohort or the west coast cohort. This selection will determine which group you will meet with for the full-day program. For the monthly virtual meetings the cohorts will meet together.


  • $3,700: Members of CompTIA*, CompTIA PTI, MISAC, CCISDA, GMIS, and CGAIT
  • $4,200: all others

*This rate does not include Registered Users or Professional members of CompTIA

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. It is available for $29.93 on Amazon.

"Seven Trends that will Transform Government Through Technology." It is available for $19.93 on Amazon.