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.
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@
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
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