Education Program

The ACCMA announces:

The Local Government Professional Management Certificate Program

The Alabama City/County Management Association (ACCMA with support from the Government and Economic Development Institute at Auburn University provides a certificate program to increase the specialized knowledge and skills of those in local government to master the complexities of the political, social, and economic environment of public administration. Components of this program will include leadership, financial management, ethics, communication, personnel management, public service, community development, public policy, strategic planning, and relations with local elected officials.

The program is composed of five courses and continuing education, which is available for participants in a hybrid, classroom/online, format. Cost for each class is $350

Continuing Education Accreditation:

IIMC - The ACCMA "Local Government Professional Management Certificate" is eligible for 1 CMC Experience or 1 MMC Professional Contribution point per 6 education hours.

CPE - The ACCMA Public Management Certificate Program is awarded CPE hours by the ASBPA.

The registration for these classes is separate from ACCMA membership and conferences. All checks need to be made payable to Auburn University.

For your convenience a Flyer is available. Registration is available online Register Online .

If classes are held in the classroom, these classes are being held at the CASIC Building in Auburn. These classes are being held in a Hybrid Format. If you prefer attending the class through an online platform, please notify GEDI. 

Courses and Descriptions:

  1. Leadership and Effective Public Management - November 9-10, 2022 - organizational failures and successes are a function of positive managerial climates which nurture strong leaders and facilitate learning, adaption, and high performance. Therefore, it is important for everyone to understand and to reflect upon the topics of  management and leadership, from the executive director to the frontline staff. To do so, this course provides participants with an overview of supervisory, managerial, and leadership principles in public organizations.
  2. Laws and Ethics for Public Management - December 15-16, 2022 - this course explores the ethical and legal responsibilities associated with managing in the public sector and within the State of Alabama. Participants will be introduced to core state ethics laws and rules, identify, and utilize key tools and practices to build and maintain high-performing ethical organizations. Class time will also be spent identifying ethical tensions from the field with opportunities to engage in problem solving.
  3. Economic and Community Development - February 23-24, 2023 - participants will learn the importance of their positions as local government administrators in the planning, advancing, and marketing of their community. A variety of tools to accomplish these tasks will be explored with emphasis on actual Alabama based examples. Topics include: strategic and comprehensive planning, community leadership, community engagement, technology and development, public-private partnerships, and community branding. Policy development and implementation will also be discussed. 
  4. Human Resource Management and Staff Effectiveness - March 23-24, 2023 - this course is designed to provide an overview of important personnel, employment, and human resource issues and discussions of the ways in which the workplace is affected. Current employment laws and how they impact personnel actions and processes will be addressed from the perspectives of both the employee and the supervisor. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed on consistently following approved policies and procedures, and on the necessity of appropriate documentation. The course will also examine strategies and techniques for effective employee supervision and motivation.
  5. Public Budgeting and Financial Management - April 13-14, 2023 - effective stewardship of public resources is one of the most important responsibilities for public managers. This course is designed to provide an overview of theories and techniques of governmental budgeting, financial planning and control, risk management, procurement, grants and contracts management, reporting, and accounting. 

Registration/Cancellation Policy:

Provided that space is available, receipt of the registration form constitutes registration. Written cancellations received fifteen (15) working days prior to the beginning of the program will be honored with a partial refund of the registration fee, but will be assessed a $50 administration charge. Due to commitments to instructors and meeting facilities, late cancellations or non-attendance will not be refunded. 

Certificate Maintenance

When a participant completes the five courses, they will receive an ACCMA Local Government Professional Management Certificate. The participant's certificate status will be reviewed every three years. To maintain the certificate, a person must complete 40 hours of approved courses/credits every three years. The ICMA and ACCMA conferences are accepted and also the Women Leading Government annual conference is accepted. 

Note: Courses, fees, dates and locations are subject to change - specific information will be verified upon registration.