New Board Member Training

Certified Board Member Essential Training

Make the most of your school board service with MSBA’S CBM Essential Training for new board members.

Required Training for New Board Members

Missouri law (§ 162.203, RSMo.) requires all school board members to receive 16 hours of training within their first 12 months of service. MSBA’s CBM Essential Board Member Training fulfills this requirement and provides the foundation for becoming an effective board member.

Training Format and Content

CBM Essential new board member training is delivered in a blended format. Half of the training is provided online through a web-based application. The remainder is provided in a classroom setting at locations around the state. A diverse group of presenters deliver the content based on effective board governance. The required content is addressed and includes sessions on:

  • Student Achievement
  • School Law
  • School Finance
  • Board Policy
  • Board Relations
  • Board Operations
  • Goal Setting/Strategic Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Communications

The training was interactive and provided a wealth of information to help me in understanding my role as a board member. My advice is to complete the training as soon as possible after being elected. – Alaina Hinze, Board Member, Jackson School District

As a new board member the CBM training that I received exceeded my expectations. I participated in the online training prior to the live training and believe this is the way to go. I felt prepared going into the live training and was excited to learn more. –Liz Glastetter, Board Member, Kelso C-7

Convenient Locations & Registration

CBM Essential Training is open to ALL new board members. By offering it throughout theyear at locations around the state, we strive to make it convenient for you.

To register online, select the date and location most convenient for you from the list on the right. To register offline, complete the registration form and follow directions on the form to fax or mail it to MSBA. Questions may be directed to MSBA's Leadership Development Department at 800-221-6722800-221-6722 , ext. 329; or email

Those in need of accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act should call 800-221-6722800-221-6722 FREE, ext 329 at least two weeks prior to the session.

The in-class training provided me an opportunity to develop a network of fellow school board members from around the state and hear their school issues. Many were the same we are facing in our district. It was a great opportunity to listen and learn. -- Butch O’Riley, Board Member, Waynesville Schools

MSBA has provided training for more than 40 years and originated the Certified Board Member (CBM) program in 1989. The state of Missouri affirmed this need for leadership training by making board orientation mandatory as part of the Outstanding Schools Act in 1993. Since that time, thousands of Missouri board members have become certified through the CBM program.