You can enroll online through this website! Click here to visit the EOEP’s schedule of upcoming courses. Click on the course and date that you want to enroll for and follow the steps
Each EOEP course includes a maximum capacity, usually set in consultation with the course instructor and based on the venue hosting the course. If you are unable to register, this is likely the case.
Registration allows the EOEP to gather relevant information such as your name, municipality, payment information, etc. to ensure that your spot in the course is saved. After going through the registration process the first time, your information will be saved in our system, so entering your user name and password for future enrollments will result in a quick and easy process.
Changes to the EOEP program
The EOEP now has so many fewer courses than they used to. Are there really only six topics that elected officials need to learn about?
The EOEP redeveloped their course offerings based on a number of factors, including feedback from program participants, other elected officials, course instructors, and best practices used in similar programs elsewhere. One recurring theme throughout our research is that a smaller course roster focused on the most important issues is more impactful than a large course roster addressing issues that are unimportant to most elected officials. A smaller course roster allows for higher quality courses, more frequent content updates, and a more consistent learning environment. We strived to take the most important aspects of all our previous courses and ensure they are included within our new smaller course roster.
In 2011, the EOEP made a major investment in adapting their entire course roster to e-learning. Unfortunately, un recent years, interest in e-learning courses has been extremely low. During the redevelopment process, the EOEP received feedback from many elected officials that a key value of an EOEP course is the opportunity to network and share ideas with colleagues, an aspect that is absent from e-learning. As a result, the new course roster will only be available in-person, although most courses will likely have an online pre- or post-course learning opportunity.
The EOEP appreciates the work that elected officials put in to complete courses. With a much smaller course roster, the requirements for the Certificate of Achievement will have to be changed. The EOEP is in the process of redeveloping these requirements and will keep elected officials apprised of this development.
Course schedule and locations
The EOEP strives to schedule courses as equitably as possible. However, often instructor availability and student demand will impact when and how often courses are offered. For example, offering a successful course can create positive word of mouth and requests for it to be offered again shortly after. Similarly, scheduling instructors with relevant expertise can sometimes be difficult for certain courses. The EOEP is committed to offering all courses a reasonable number of times during each election cycle. If you are interested in a specific course but don’t see it offered, please reach out the EOEP Registrar, and we will try our best to schedule it in the near future.
The EOEP strives to make courses as accessible as possible to elected officials from across Alberta. In the past, the EOEP has struggled to attract the necessary number of course attendees to justify hosting courses outside of Alberta’s large cities. For this reason, courses are often hosted in conjunction with AUMA and AAMDC conventions, or at the offices of one of the two associations. More recently, the EOEP has began to seek partnerships with one or more municipalities interested in having a specific course offered locally. The EOEP has a course hosting policy that establishes the role that the partnering municipality(ies) would play in promoting the course, providing a venue, securing registrations, etc. For more information on working with the EOEP to host a course in you communities, contact the EOEP Registrar.