Training and Resources



Certified Municipal Official Program

cmo logos horizontalCMO 57 - 2017 Regional Training

Regional Training begins in Montgomery on Saturday, July 15 and August 12.  Saturday training is offered only once a year and limited to 50 registrations for each date.  Make your plans to attend at one of the four locations and hear from the League's legal staff on important topics which include elective core curriculum topics and earn credit hours required to become a Certified Municipal Official.  Note:  Each regional training location has a separate registration.  

Dates and Locations: Various, See below
Cost to Attend: $125.00 for online registration  (includes lunch onsite)

Montgomery - Saturday, July 15 - Registration Full

Montgomery - Saturday, August 12 - Registration Full

Alabaster - Thursday, September 14 - Registration Full

Priceville - Friday, September 15 - Registration Closed

Loxley - Wednesday, September 27 - Registration Full


Attendee Documents: Annexation and De-annexation  | Zoning in Alabama  | The Open Meeting Act

Final Attendee Details - Loxley

Topics Include: Dealing with Meeting Disruptions: Keeping your Council out of Court and Off YouTube; Annexation and De-annexation of Municipal Property (Elective Core); The Open Meetings Act (Elective Core); Zoning in Alabama (Elective Core).

This session has been approved for four and one half (4.5) Basic, Advanced or Emeritus hours in the Certified Municipal Official Program. 2.5 of the 4.5 hours meet core curriculum requirements. If you have already taken the core courses that are offered at this training, duplicate core hours WILL NOT be awarded. Any municipal employee may register, but only elected officials will be awarded credit hours in the CMO Program.

Questions?  Contact Emily Sims, Alabama League of Municipalities, 334-262-2566 or HERE

Print paper registration form HERE. Fax or Mail registration fee is $150.00. Save $25 by registering online!

CMO Program Webinars

CMO-Logo-ColumnNEW in October!  The League has expanded the Certified Municipal Official Training Program to include webinar training. For mayors and councilmembers, webinar training and successful completion of a test on material presented will meet credit hours in the Basic, Advanced or Emeritus programs. Need core curriculum hours? Watch for core curriculum training offered by webinars. You can ask questions live during the training or submit questions by email to our legal staff following the training. Our in-person League events are valuable and we’ll always offer them, but online training will have a place too. We think you will find the addition of webinars a helpful resource to provide training for elected officials and municipal personnel. We hope to “see” you online soon!

Duties of the Mayor and Council Webinar

Click HERE to Register for the webinar

One of the most misunderstood aspects of municipal government is the separation of powers between the mayor and the council. Like government on the state and federal levels, municipal government is divided into three separate but equal branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Each of these branches has distinct duties and powers and restrictions on how far it can intrude into the affairs of the other branches. This session provides a detailed overview of the duties of the mayor and council.

When: October 3, 2017, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT
What will you need? A computer and an internet connection. That's it.
Who should register: Elected Officials and Municipal Personnel / Any municipal employee may register, but only elected officials will be awarded credit hours in the CMO Program. 
Presenter: Lori Lein, ALM General Counsel
Registration Fee: $37.00 and is limited to 50 participants
Refunds: Registration fees for webinars are non-refundable. Substitutions are allowed.

CMO Credit: This webinar and successful completion of the test earns credit hours in the Certified Municipal Official Program (CMO).  One (1) credit hour in the Basic, Advanced or Emeritus program.  This also meets one (1) required core curriculum credit in the Basic Program.  Each registrant will receive a link to the recorded training session and a link to test material presented during the webinar. 

How it works:

  • Watch for the online training schedule through ALM’s website, E-newsletter, Alabama Municipal Journal and Blast Emails.
  • Find the registration link in the information received or on the ALM website.
  • Register for the training.
  • Receive an email with the training link and a reminder email at the time of the training.
  • On the day of training, click the link in the email to be connected.
  • Following the webinar, receive a link to the recorded training session for future reference. 

Questions?  Contact Cindy Price

In early 1994, the Executive Committee of the Alabama League of Municipalities unanimously voted to appoint a subcommittee to study the feasibility of establishing a certification program for elected municipal officials. In July 1994, the Executive Committee agreed to the subcommittee's recommendation and approved the League's CMO program. The League's CMO program was the second elected municipal officials training program in the country. 

The Certified Municipal Official Program is voluntary and open to all elected municipal officials. The League conducts a one-day continuing education session at least twice a year at four regional sites. These sessions are for elected municipal officials – mayors and councilmembers – who voluntarily wish to receive formal training in municipal government. Participants earn 5 credit hours by attending these sessions. Credit hours may also be earned by attending other League or National League of Cities conferences or through service on League committees and boards. Outside credit is also awarded for attendance of approved seminars.

Any official who earns 40 credit hours in the program will be awarded the designation of Certified Municipal Official (CMO). Currently, more than 4,000 elected municipal officials are enrolled in this program. There have been 1,171 elected municipal officials to complete the basic 40 hours of training required for the CMO designation. There have been 579 officials to complete their advanced hours.

In response to requests from CMO graduates, an Advanced CMO Program was established in 1998. This program allows elected municipal officials who have achieved the basic CMO designation to obtain additional training. Several seminars are conducted each year for the Advanced CMO Program. Those who have received both their CMO and Advanced CMO designations have the opportunity to obtain the Certified Municipal Official Emeritus designation. The CMO Emeritus is awarded to those who complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of Continuing CMO Education plus 15 points. The CMO Emeritus designation was approved in 2015. Currently, 24 elected municipal officials have completed the requirements for the CMO Emeritus designation.

Graduates of the Advanced CMO and CMO Emeritus program can retain their status by obtaining 20 hours of continuing CMO credit during a three year period.

For additional information on either program, contact Cindy Price at 334-262-2566.

CMO General Information

Registration forms and payment must be received five (5) calendar days prior to the date of the training session. No on-site registrations will be accepted due to catering requirements. NOTE: All handout materials will be emailed to attendees either just prior to or immediately following the session. Please provide an email address when you register.

Registration is not limited to elected municipal officials. Registration is open to municipal employees who will benefit from the topics covered.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds of the registration fee will be made if the registrant cancels 15 or more days prior to the meeting for which he or she is registered. If registrant cancels 10 to 15 days prior to the meeting, a refund of 25% of the registration fee will be made. No partial refunds will be made for cancellations made less than ten (10) days prior to the meeting except for approved medical reasons. Substitutes will be allowed. The League reserves the right to cancel any session for which 30 or fewer participants are registered. Registrants for any cancelled session will be assigned to another session at the location of their choice or the registration fee will be refunded at the choice of the registrant.

Reasonable Accommodations:

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities if requested at least 10 calendar days in advance.

For more information contact Cindy Price at 334-262-2566 or via email HERE