The California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) offers members career-enhancing opportunities to participate in Authority academies. Academies are training seminars that primarily focus on specific public sector disciplines including: Human Resources, Leadership, Management, Newly Elected Officials, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and Risk Management.

Authority academies are multi-day training seminars that present essential theories and techniques in order to provide pragmatic solutions to solving everyday problems. Presented by qualified subject-matter experts that understand the role of risk management in member operations, academies are designed to expand the abilities of managers, supervisors, and leaders in areas including delegating, motivating, organizing, and working under pressure. Attendees learn how to apply these skills which will enable them to meet the daily demands of their agency while exhibiting ethical standards among employees and citizens.

The Authority hosted seven successful academies in 2019: the Risk Management Academy in January, the Parks & Recreation Academy in February, the Leadership Academy in March, the Human Resources Academy in April, the Newly Elected Officials Academy and Public Works Academy in June, and the Management Academy in September.

“We are proud to offer so many academies each year and to support the ongoing education and training of members,” said Michelle Aguayo, California JPIA Training Coordinator. “In 2019, we had so much interest from members that we increased the maximum number of attendees from 25 to 30 for several of our academies.”

In 2020, Authority members have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming academies listed below. The Authority has already conducted two academies in the first two months of 2020 – the Risk Management Academy held January 21-23 in Huntington Beach and the Parks & Recreation Academy held February 4-6 in Indian Wells.

  • Leadership Academy (March 24-26, Paso Robles)
  • Executive Academy (April 6-8, Huntington Beach)
  • Human Resources Academy (April 21-23, Huntington Beach)
  • Newly Elected Officials Academy (May 31-June 2, Laguna Beach)
  • Public Works Academy (June 16-18, Indian Wells)
  • Management Academy (Sept 28-Oct 1, Paso Robles)

The following academies are offered at no cost to members with attendance limited to 25 participants: Risk Management, Executives, Newly Elected Officials, and Public Works. Registration cost for the following academies is $375 ($175 without lodging) with attendance limited to 30 participants: Parks & Recreation, Leadership, Human Resources, and Management.

Providing innovative risk management solutions for its public agency partners for more than 40 years, the California JPIA is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with more than 100 member cities and other governmental agencies.  Members actively participate in shaping the organization to provide important coverage for their operations. The California JPIA provides innovative risk management solutions through a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services, including liability, workers’ compensation, pollution, property, and earthquake coverage, as well as extensive risk management training and loss control services.