A primary focus at the League is to help you maximize the effectiveness with which you serve your community. Continuing professional development positively heightens the competence and confidence and promises greater satisfaction on the job which is reflected in every task we perform for our communities. OML’s continuing education programs for municipal officials and employees brings individuals together to discuss the issues they have in common, learn from each others’ experiences, and help one another to grow as professionals. In this issue of Oklahoma Cities & Towns, we feature certification programs OML offers. Discover the opportunities available to you. If you’d like more information, give us a call. Don’t ever hesitate to contact OML with questions, suggestions or comments — remember, assisting you is our top priority.
Managing today’s cities and towns is a complex endeavor further challenged by the continual advances in technology. Municipal officials and employees need a tremendous amount of knowledge to run a municipality.
In order to gain this knowledge, they must make a serious commitment to investigate hot issues affecting local government. Unfortunately, their efforts to become informed often go unrecognized. With this in mind, the Oklahoma Municipal League established a Certified Municipal Official Program. The purpose of this program is to recognize officials and employees who continue to develop their skills and enrich their expertise in local government. This is a voluntary program available to all municipal officials and employees.
Those who complete this program will demonstrate to both their community and peers that they are committed to carrying out the duties of their office or position.
About the Program
Who is eligible?
- All municipal officials and employees are eligible to enroll in the Certified Municipal Official (CMO) Program.
What are the requirements?
- 40 total credit hours of training are needed for graduation.
- Up to 10 credit hours can be earned by attending certain National League of Cities (NLC) functions. (Credit hours
for each function to be determined by OML.)
- Up to 10 hours can be earned by attending non-League and non-NLC functions approved by OML. (Credit hours
for each function to be determined by OML.)
What is the enrollment process?
- All you have to do is complete the attached enrollment form and pay a one-time fee of $50.
What is the process after I enroll in the program?
- Attend your choice of training sessions offered through: OML, NLC, OAMA, OMJA, OMCCA, CMAO, or OCOM.
- All sessions require attendance for the entire session to obtain full credit.
- Please contact OML for a Request for Approval of Outside Credit form
- Proof of attendance must be shown for all non-OML activities. All credit hours from outside training will be evaluated and approved on a case by case basis.
What happens after I complete the program?
- Officials and employees who complete 40 credit hours (not classroom hours) of training will receive the
designation of Certified Municipal Official (CMO).
- Recipients who have completed requirements prior to July 1 will be recognized at the Awards Breakfast held during the OML Annual Conference.
- Each recipient will receive a CMO lapel pin, a framed certificate and a sample press release.
What if I am no longer in office, but have completed the program?
- Those who complete the program but are no longer in office at the time of the Awards Breakfast will have their pin, certificate and press release mailed to them.
This program is for clerks, treasurers, finance officers, and/or anyone who performs the duties of those offices. Certification requires registration into the program, payment of the $50.00 registration fee, and attendance at one annual workshop approved by the MC&T Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee has established the hours and training required for state certification.
The membership year begins July 1 and ends June 30. The MC&T member will receive a training manual, a training session on the handbook, and the annual legislative update to the manual.
Six regional workshops are offered free of charge for MC&T Certification. The training is designed to be convenient to clerks and treasures who work in the outlying regions of the state and have difficulty traveling or being away from the office for a day.
More MC&T Information and Forms
OMJA has presumptive approval of the Oklahoma Bar Association to offer workshops that fulfill Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements. Municipal judges who maintain CLE may issue higher fines than those who do not — an advantage to their city or town. Designed specifically by and for municipal judges, the OMJA workshops are highly effective at targeting the issues unique to the municipal courtroom. There are two OMJA-sponsored workshops each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. There is an annual membership fee of $35. Workshop fees are paid separately.
Oklahoma Municipal Judges Association Continuing Legal Education Credit
Continuing Legal Education Information (.doc)
In order to obtain certification, court clerks and deputy court clerks who participate in this program must complete twelve (12) hours each in three (3) educational categories: court administration, general education, and electives. “Experience points” must also be attained. Hours may be accumulated from attending OMCCA’s spring conference, fall workshop and any other OMCCA-sponsored or approved training. There is an annual membership fee of $40 (July 1 – June 30), a one-time certification payment of $10, plus tuition for training functions.
Visit the OMCCA Website here.
Municipal attorneys may take advantage of membership in the Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys (OAMA). OAMA exists to provide an expert network in the highly specialized field of municipal law, and has presumptive approval of the Oklahoma Bar Association to offer Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, including ethics and professional responsibility requirements, to city and town attorneys. There are two OAMA-sponsored seminars each year, one in the spring and one at OML’s annual conference in the fall. There is an annual membership fee dependent on the municipality’s population. Workshop fees are paid separately.Add your main content here - text, photos, videos, addons, whatever you want!
Visit the OAMA website here.