Leadership Certification

Pierce County hires, develops and engages talented employees. The Organizational Development and Training (ODT) Division is building the capacity of the County by developing its employees. A top priority is preparing current and future leaders to develop individuals, groups and the organization for future service.

Pierce County's three-tiered Leadership Certification Program launched Jan. 1, 2020 and can be achieved in accordance with the info below. 

Bronze level


All supervisors hired after January 1, 2020, are required to complete Bronze Level Certification. Bronze Level Certification will replace previous required Supervisor/Manager training. Employees who have previously completed courses listed below will be exempt from retaking them. 

Aspiring Supervisors and Leads

Lead employees and those aspiring to be supervisors also have the opportunity for certification through the following courses:

Once the above courses have been completed, a lead or aspiring manager/supervisor may attend the Virtual Supervisor Essentials course upon nomination by their supervisor via an email to [email protected].

Silver level

The following courses are required for Gold Level Certification:

Leadership Certification Checklist

Use this checklist to track your progress!


 How do I certify? 

Ensure all the required courses are completed and are on your Workday transcript. Submit the Certification Request Form. Once the certification is completed, the Organizational Development and Training division will contact you.

 How do I get my certificate? 

The Executive will issue certificates quarterly and the certificate will be uploaded in Workday and will be available in your training history. 

 May I receive credit for courses I took somewhere else? 

Equivalency for County courses may be granted on a case by case basis. The course curriculum will need to be submitted and evaluated by the Organizational Development Manager. 

When was this requirement instated?

The Leadership Certification program was launched January 2020 with an Executive Memo from Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier.


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