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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.

Due to COVID-19, the League placed a temporary hold on offering Levels 2 and 3 of the Voluntary Certification Program for Municipal Officials and Municipal Personnel. Below you will find links to the Basic Level “Municipal Finance and Budgeting” virtual mini-workshops held in September. A total of five (5) core credit hours is offered with each workshop topic. To receive credit for each mini-workshop, you must register at the prompt before the video beings so that we may collect analytics and ensure your credits are recorded. 

Municipal Finance and Budgeting

Annual Budgets: What are the legal requirements and who is in charge? (Sept. 1)
(Accompanying PowerPoint Slides)
Click HERE to access the recording. 
Password: AMLSept2020!
 

The Best Way to Complete and Adopt Your Budget (Sept. 8)
(Accompanying PowerPoint Slides)
Click HERE to access the recording. 
Password: AMLSept2020!
 

Common Legislative Audit (Sept. 15)
(Accompanying PowerPoint Slides)
Click HERE to access the recording. 
Password: AMLSept2020!


Purchasing, Bidding and Professional Services (Sept. 22)
(Accompanying PowerPoint Slides)
Click HERE to access the recording. 
Password: AMLSept2020!


COVID-19 Accounting: Best Practices for Reimbursement (Sept. 29)
(Accompanying PowerPoint Slides)
Click HERE to access the recording.
Password: AMLSept2020!

 

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.