January 2023 Edition: Top 5 LocalGovU Courses

Let’s kick off the New Year by introducing or re-introducing you to our online training platform LocalGovU!

LocalGovU offers over 2,500 local government training courses at no cost to NDIRF members. Course topics include: HR Development, General Safety, Equipment Safety, Law Enforcement, Information Technology, EEOC and Employment Law, Roadway and Highway, Schools and Educational, and many more!

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To browse course offerings and enroll in courses, please complete the following registration steps:

  1. Visit www.NDIRF.com>Training
  2. Click on the Sign In for Training button
  3. Click on the Register here link
  4. Enter your information and click on the Join Now button

You will immediately receive an email to confirm your registration information has been received.

Within 24 to 48 hours of submitting your registration, you will receive a second email to confirm your registration has been approved, and you can proceed with creating a username and password for LocalGovU.

Employees who want to browse course offerings and enroll in courses must complete the registration process. There is no limit to the number of courses employees can take or the number of employees who register for the site. 

Once you are logged into the site, you can browse course offerings by clicking on the Course Catalog tab to view courses by topics or enter a term into the Search function.

When you find a course you’re interested in taking, click on its link to view the Course Details and click on the Start Course button to begin.

If you become interrupted while taking a course, LocalGovU will automatically resume your training at the spot you left off upon logging into your account.

You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion upon completing your course.

Become an Administrator to Build a Training Curriculum and Assign Courses

LocalGovU is an easy and free way to jumpstart your entity’s training initiatives.

Through LocalGovU’s Administration Portal, you can build training curriculums and assign courses to employees. Emails are automatically sent via the portal to employees to instruct them to complete the assigned training in LocalGovU.

Given the variety of courses offered within LocalGovU, you can build broad training curriculums that include courses all your entity’s employees should complete (Anti-harassment, cybersecurity, preventing accidents in the workplace, etc.) as well as specific training curriculums per department.

For example, you can build a specific curriculum for your Highway Department by selecting courses in topics such as Roadway and Highway, Transit and Fleet Operations, and General Safety.

Top Five Completed Courses in January 2023

The top five LocalGovU courses most completed in January 2023 gives you further insight into the variety of courses your political subdivision has access to through LocalGovU. Course names and descriptions written by LocalGovU (2023). 

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Improper behavior in the workplace may have significant consequences both for yourself and your employer. If you are a victim of sexual harassment, this may create a hostile work environment which takes a toll on your career, your personal life, and your health. Recognizing what sexual harassment is, both the subtle cues as well as the overt advances, will help you to identify potential warning signs and take the necessary steps to report sexual harassment.

Workplace Bullying

When we think of bullying, we immediately associate it with the school yard, certainly not something we face as an adult. Unfortunately, bullying in the workplace occurs more often than you think. In fact, there are various forms of bullying, from overt forms to those which are quite passive. Workplace bullying may have significant consequences for those involved, for yourself as an employee as well as your employer. A thorough understanding of workplace bullying will help promote awareness and ultimately prevention.

Dealing with Cold Stress

When working outdoors in the cold or working in artificially cold environments, such as refrigerated areas, serious cold-related injuries and illnesses may occur. Cold related hazards have the ability to cause permanent tissue damage or even death. This course will help individuals recognize the health risks associated with cold stress, identify methods for minimizing its effects, and recognize the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.

Anti-Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that requires a thorough understanding to promote awareness and ultimately prevention. Improper behavior in the workplace may have significant consequences for those involved, for yourself as an employee, and your employer. Recognizing the various types of harassment will help you to identify potential warning signs and take the necessary steps to report harassment.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

In previous eras, people often became caught in an “either/or” situation because employers were not always cooperative when individuals needed time for personal matters. Employees ran the risk of losing their jobs and benefits if they made the choice of putting their family first. Fortunately, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take the time they need to handle life events. We will go over the FMLA in detail to help you understand the basic provisions and how the FMLA can benefit you.

Successful Customer Interactions

There is a strong correlation between customer satisfaction and the success of a business or department. Welcoming customers means working to create satisfied customers from the inside-out. When local government creates satisfied customers, we create empowered and informed citizens. In this course, learners will discover how to interact as co-workers and service providers. We will also cover understanding the customer goal and how to create goals that will lead to successful customer interactions.


If you have any questions about LocalGovU, contact our Director of Member Services Corey Olson at Corey.Olson@ndirf.com or (701) 751-9107 or HR Collaborative Executive Director Joanna Drennen at Joanna.Drennen@ndirf.com or (701) 751-9127.