TAGD Trainings

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

As part of TAGD’s mission to serve as an educational resource to its members, TAGD is thrilled to offer our members a free, on-demand Cybersecurity Awareness Training program certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources. In February we launched the training program for the 2023 cycle. You can register all of your district’s participants here.

Questions? Contact Julia Stanford at julia@texasgroundwater.org or 512-596-3101


Public Funds Investment Act Training

TAGD typically offers a Public Funds Investment Act course in conjunction with our spring business meeting in May or June. These PFIA courses are taught by Greg Ellis and focus on the requirements and challenges faced by groundwater conservation districts. TAGD Members may add the course on to their business meeting registration. Non-members, please email julia@texasgroundwater.org to learn more or register. This year’s session will take place June 7, 2023 at the Courtyard by Marriott Pflugerville. Registration details can be found on the Business Meeting page when they are available in late April. 

Who needs to take this course? The Public Funds Investment Act requires the designated investment officer of a district governed by Chapter 36 or Chapter 49 of the Texas Water Code to attend six hours of initial training within twelve months after taking office or assuming duties and four hours of renewal training every two years thereafter. Not sure who should take it? Consult your district’s legal counsel.

GCD Boot Camp

Are you a new board member? District employee trying to learn it all? GCD manager with less than 5 years of experience? Just need a refresher on the essentials? TAGD is proud to offer a GCD Boot Camp where participants will learn the ropes of how GCDs operate and manage groundwater resources throughout the state. We’ll add to these boot camps as we host them, and you can see faded details of previous sessions below.

The first module of the GCD Boot Camp took place in conjunction with the TAGD Regular Business Meeting on February 7 at the Sonesta Bee Cave Hotel near Austin. Presentations included TAGD Membership 101, Chapter 36 & Groundwater Management, Hydrogeology/Water Wells 101, State Agency Overview, Joint Planning Basics.

TAGD is excited to offer the second module of our GCD Boot Camp as a webinar on Monday, April 25 from 1:00-3:30pm. Presentations will include Open Government, GCD Must-Do’s, and Board Ethics/Liability. This training will cost $30, with a bulk discount for districts registering five or more participants. Click here to register! Click here to view the agenda and speaker bios.

The third module of GCD Boot Camp will take place from 8-10am before the business meeting on May 17 at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel in Arlington. Registration is $40 per participant and may be easily added to business meeting registration. View the agenda and register here.

TAGD is pleased to host a fourth module of our signature GCD Boot Camp. This module will be offered from 9am-12pm before the business meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott Pflugerville on January 31, and will include two topics that have frequently been suggested by TAGD members: elections and taxation. Learn more and register here.