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Voluntary Certification Program for Municipal Officials

To increase municipal officials' basic knowledge of local governance, the League has developed an annual curriculum of core courses and continuing education courses. The core courses, offered at League headquarters, cover municipal basics, such as budget preparation and personnel matters.

Continuing education topics vary and are offered at the annual Convention and at the annual Winter Conference. City and town officials who complete 21 hours of classes in a calendar year (15 hours of core courses and six hours of continuing education) achieve the designation of Certified Municipal Official. To maintain certification, officials must complete six hours of continuing education in subsequent calendar years.

 

87th Annual Virtual Convention Continuing Education Workshops

To obtain 3 hours of continuing education certification credits, members have until July 31, 2021, to view and complete the following training sessions from the 87th Annual Virtual Convention:

Achieving Equity and Inclusion in Your Hometown
Speaker: Malcolm Glover, Ph.D., APAC Trainer, UA Little Rock
Without equity and inclusion, how can we work to fight inequality in the world? This workshop is designed to discuss values, systems and practices that must be present to retain exemplary, diverse personnel and leadership. 
Meeting Recording: https://bit.ly/3A4yTdn
Access Passcode: 24+ZHDJ3


Coping Skills During a Pandemic: Personal, Professional, Public
Speakers: Sacha McBain, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UAMS, and Dr. Joe Thompson, President & CEO of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement 
This workshop addresses the pandemic and how we have been greatly affected in our professional and personal lives. The experts provide valuable information on moving forward during a pandemic and how to avoid burnout.
Meeting Recording: https://bit.ly/3xWvP0U
Access Passcode: ksASJ91%
 

Review of the 93rd Assembly
Speakers:
 Mark R. Hayes, Executive Director; John L. Wilkerson, General Counsel; Jack Critcher, Legislative Liaison; Chris Villines, Executive Director, Association of Arkansas Counties; Gary Sipes, Executive Director; Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police
The 93rd General Assembly was one for the record books. Listen as League staff members and other association representatives describe the laws affecting Arkansas cities and towns.
Meeting Recording: https://bit.ly/3w3alhu  
Access Passcode: TUs6%&T@

 

87th Annual Virtual Convention Concurrent Sessions

Below are the links for the nine concurrent sessions offered during the 87th Annual Virtual Convention. If you missed a topic of interest, now is the time to get caught up. Please note: No certification credits are earned for the concurrent session. 

 

Response and Recovery of Emergencies and Disasters
Meeting Recording: https://bit.ly/3dLgfxu
Access Passcode: 3Nm$$9Yr
 

Securing Municipalities' Networks and Creating Websites for Your City or Town
Meeting Recording: https://bit.ly/3hhwoNy
Access Passcode: hT&S#3&q
 

Loss Control Best Practices For Cities And Towns
Meeting Recording:
 https://bit.ly/3xkvNjJ
Access Passcode: k+ifY0hj
 

Best Practices on How to Attract Businesses and Industries
Meeting Recording: 
https://bit.ly/3hh6lWL
Access Passcode: 9j3#dAXE
 

Best Practices for Human Resources
Meeting Recording
https://bit.ly/3r1rOX7
Access Passcode: Ly@F3G2!


Municipal Finance Update
Meeting Recording: https://bit.ly/3ytF09C
Access Passcode: M=+62rRc
 

Navigating the New Legislation Surrounding the Freedom of Information Act
Meeting Recording: 
https://bit.ly/2Vew9Kz
Access Passcode: mxV0=Eh2


Latest Information on Grants and Other Funding Sources
Meeting Recording: https://bit.ly/3yvADdV
Access Passcode: +aiN3J4V
 

How to Effectively Handle Public Relations for Your City or Town
Meeting Recording:
 https://bit.ly/36ihK2m
Access Passcode: n&R2W37=


 

Registration Policy for AML Voluntary Certification Workshop Attendance

The Arkansas Municipal League’s Voluntary Certification Program is offered to mayors, city administrators, city managers, city directors, council members, city clerks, city recorders and treasurers who are currently in office. Members attend workshops to receive certification credit hours to obtain their certified municipal official certificates. 

Candidates running unopposed for one of the above positions may attend certification workshops if space permits. Candidates who do not fit this criteria may not attend certification workshops.

For those city officials who have completed the 21 hours of core curriculum, you must annually obtain 6 hours of continuing education to maintain your certification status. The required 6 hours must be gained by attending the hours of continuing education offered at the Winter Conference, an elective seminar or the Annual Convention.

For more information on the Certification Program, contact Tricia Zello at 501-374-3484 Ext. 285, or email tzello @ arml.org

To download PDFs of past Certification Seminars click here: Voluntary Certification Program Archive.

Access our Training Calendar for upcoming events.

To request League training, please download by right clicking and complete this form: Request For Training Form - PDF.

 

Voluntary Certification Program

Month

Even Year 2020

Month

Odd Year 2021

 

Jan.

Municipal Finance 201

(5 hours of Advanced Level 2)

 

Jan.

 

Winter Conference

City Gov’t 101 (5 hours of Level 1)
plus (3 Hours of Continuing Education)

Feb.

Winter Conference

(3 Hours of Continuing Education)

Feb.

Personnel Management

(5 hours of Advanced Level 3)

March

Disaster Preparedness

(5 hours of Advanced Level 2)

March

Technology/Cybersecurity

(5 hours of Advanced Level 3)

April

City Government 101

(5 hours of Level 1)

April

Planning & Zoning

(5 hours of Continuing Education)

 

May

Leadership 101

(5 hours of Advanced Level 2)

May

Conflict Management

(5 hours of Advanced Level 3)

June

June Convention

(3 Hours of Continuing Education)

June

June Convention

(3 Hours of Continuing Education)

July   July  
Aug.   Aug.  
Sept.

Municipal Finance 101 Workshop

(5 hours of Level 1)

Sept.

Municipal Finance 101 Workshop

(5 hours of Level 1)

Oct.

Human Resources

(5 hours of Level 1)

Oct.

Human Resources

(5 hours of Level 1)

Nov.

MHBP/MLWCP

Nov.

Leadership 201 (5 hours of Advanced Level 3)

Dec.   Dec.