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.
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