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.
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.
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To request League training, please download by right clicking and complete this form: Request For Training Form - PDF.
|Odd Year||Even Year|
|January Winter Conference||*City Government 101 (5 hours core) Held During Winter Conference||3 Hours of Continuing Education Held During Winter Conference|
|3 Hours of Continuing Education Held During Winter Conference|
|April||Planning and Zoning (5 hours continuing) Held in April at League HQ||*City Government 101 (5 hours core) Held in April at League HQ|
|June Convention||3 Hours of Cotinuing Education Held during June Convention||3 Hours of Continuing Education held during June Convention|
|September||*Finance and Budgeting Workshop (5 hours core) Held in Sept. at League HQ||*Finance and Budgeting Workshop (5 hours core) Held in Sept. at League HQ|
|October||*HR Workshop (5 hours core) Held in Oct. at League HQ||*HR Workshop (5 hours core) Held in Oct. at League HQ|
|Total||*15 core hours
+ 6 continuning hours
|*15 core hours
+ 6 continuing hours
The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose: