Top 5 LocalGovU October 2022 Courses + Bonus Course

ur Members completed 187 LocalGovU courses in October. Way to go!

LocalGovU is the NDIRF’s free online training platform that features over 2,000 courses specific to the training needs of local government employees. From general safety and road maintenance to effective communication skills and HR, there are courses for everyone!

You can create your free LocalGovU login at>Training to start taking any of our online platform’s free courses. If you lead your political subdivision’s training efforts, you can become a LocalGovU Administrator. As an administrator, you can create an online training curriculum for your political subdivision and even set up automatic emails to inform and remind employees about courses to complete. 

Get an even better look into the variety of courses by checking out the most popular courses in October + a bonus course:

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.

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.

Defensive Driving Basics
This course will dive into the basics of defensive driving, including its definition, purpose, and importance, as well as the factors that play an important role from the driver’s perspective. We will also discuss the equipment and judgment necessary for driving safely, as well as review the types of impairment that should be avoided to increase driver safety.

Advanced Defensive Driving Techniques
This course concentrates primarily on advanced defensive driving techniques. You will be given instruction on how to drive defensively in adverse conditions including heavy rain, snow, and ice. We will further discuss how to share the roadways with other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Family and Medical Leave Act – Tied for Fifth Place 
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.

Ethical Behavior for Local Government – Tied for Fifth Place 
In this course, we will define ethical behavior, provide examples of work situations where a thorough understanding of workplace ethics may be applied, and ways in which you can determine if your decisions and behavior are meeting the appropriate standards. 

Bonus Course – Chainsaw Safety
Like all power tools, a chainsaw saves both time and labor if used properly. However, chainsaws present serious danger when in the hands of an inexperienced operator. According to insurance companies, medical costs for chainsaw injuries amount to at least $450 million per year. Operators who take precautions when using a chainsaw help create a safe and secure environment for themselves and their co-workers. Taking the precautions this course will cover can prevent the long-term negative effects that can result from accidents.

*All course summaries are provided by LocalGovU (LocalGovU, 2022).

If you have questions about LocalGovU, contact our Director of Member Services Corey Olson at or (701) 751-9107.

More on Defensive Driving Courses
The NDIRF also offers in-person and online defensive driving courses (DDC), available at no cost to our Members.