Training and Resources



Upcoming Training

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The League has expanded the Certified Municipal Official Training Program to include LIVE webinar training and ANYTIME 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 a live or anytime training. Our in-person League events are valuable and we’ll always offer them, but online and anytime 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!

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

2018 CMO Webinar Schedule - Registration opens 3 weeks before each session 
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018   -  The Municipal Budgeting Process
  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018   -  Municipal Sales Tax in Alabama
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018   -  Municipal Liability
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018   -  Conflicting Offices and Interest
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018   -  Conducting Public Hearings

ANYTIME Training
Need to access training that fits your schedule? ANYTIME training is here when you need it. Click HERE to hear and see the same training and Q&A session as the live event then take the test to complete for credit hours in the CMO Program.

The Municipal Budgeting Process – Registration is Open

Register HERE for the Webinar

A municipal budget is the financial and administrative compass for the executive, administrative and legislative agencies of the municipality.  It is also means of assuring adequacy of municipal services in the most efficient manner.  This webinar session will discuss Alabama laws relating to municipal budgets and procedures generally followed in preparing a budget, the adoption of the budget, and reporting throughout the fiscal year.

When: July 24, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $37.00 - Payment required with credit card at time of registration.
Registration Limit: The webinar is limited to 50 registrants.  Early registration is recommended!
Refunds: Registration fees for webinars are non-refundable. Substitutions are allowed.

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: Gail Busbey, Executive Consultant to the Mayor and Council, Cullman
CMO Credit: With successful completion of accompanying test, this webinar qualifies for one (1) credit hour in the Basic, Advanced or Emeritus program. This webinar also qualifies for one (1) elective core curriculum credit in the Basic Program. Only elected officials are eligible for credit hours in the Certified Municipal Official Program.

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Summer Training begins in Montgomery is on Saturday, July 14 and August 11. Saturday training is offered ONLY twice a year and limited to 50 registrations for each date. Make your plans to attend at one of these two sessions.  Early registration is highly encouraged.

Register Online for Summer Training Sessions below  (Note:  Each Saturday training date has a separate registration. August 11 registration will not begin until July 3rd)

Where: Alabama League of Municipalities, 535 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, AL  36104
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Lunch provided onsite and included with registration.
Who Should Attend
:  All municipal officials and municipal personnel
Cost to Attend:  $125.00 (includes lunch onsite)
CMO Credit:  Approved for four and one half (4.5) Basic, Advanced or Emeritus hours in the Certified Municipal Official Program. Any municipal employee may register, but only elected officials will be awarded credit hours in the CMO Program.

Registration Information:  In order to ensure that there are not duplicate registrations, each registrant must use a separate email address. In the event that you do not have a separate email address for each registrant, you can go to, or, and create a free email account.

Topics Include: 

Live Locally Alabama - Grassroots Update:  We know that our most effective advocates are our members. Kayla Farnon will be discussing what the advocacy and communications departments are doing to enhance member engagement whether during their visit to Goat Hill or in their hometown.

Sell or Lease of Municipal Property:  The Alabama Legislature has adopted a method for municipalities to dispose of both real and personal property not needed for public or municipal purposes. The presentation for this topic explains the state laws governing such sales and leases of real and personal property.  The presentation also discusses the process involved for sale or lease of real and personal municipal property.  

Employee Relations:  The Employee Relations presentation is intended to provide employers with tools they can use to effectively lead their organization, and employees. It is critical to have the knowledge and skills to move your employees forward in all aspect of your organization and with the information provided within this presentation you will learn to do just that. The following topics will be discussed during the Employee Relations presentation:

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Setting Goals and Objective Training
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Employee Recognition

 2020 Census Outreach - Forming Complete Count Committees:  The Census Bureau is conducting workshops on forming Complete Count Committees (CCC's).  A CCC is a team formed in order to increase the response rate to the 2020 Census.  Members of CCC's utilize the local knowledge, expertise, and influence of each Complete Count Committee member to design and implement a census awareness campaign targeted to the community.  The workshops provides information on why we conduct a Census every 10 years- since 1790, how the numbers affect federal funding and representation, and provides guidance on how to form a CCC.

Risk Management:  Having insurance is often confused with having a risk management program. As a municipal entity you face many safety and liability challenges including some that are unique such as police and fire. In this session, we will discuss some of the safety and liability exposures you face and develop a framework of how to develop a risk management program for your municipality.

For more information about the Certified Municipal Official Program and requirements for the Basic, Advanced and Emeritus certifications visit

Questions?  Contact Cindy Price, Alabama League of Municipalities, 334-262-2566 or Cindy Price.

CMO Saturday Session
Saturday August 11, Montgomery (Registration Deadline is August 8)

Register Online HERE (beginning July 3)    |    Agenda 


2018 Fall Municipal Law Conference

October 18-20, 2018
Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf, Orange Beach, AL

Book with our group rate for 2018 Fall Municipal Law Conference or call 1-251-943-6600 and use our group code: FMLR

Flyer   |   Registration Form   |   Online Registration

CMO DVD Courses

The League has made several of its most popular CMO training courses available on DVD. These courses are a valuable resource for municipalities to provide training for municipal personnel who did not attend the live training. Mayors and councilmembers who did not attend the live training can order select DVDs and earn credit hours in the CMO Program. Note: Read description to see if the DVD selected offers credit hours. Successful completion of a test on material presented is required to earn credit hours.

Certified Municipal Official DVD Courses CMO Credit Hours Price
2016 Orientation Conference for Elected Municipal
Officials and Municipal Personnel         
(No CMO Credit Available)
The Kirkwood, Missouri Experience       Read More... (No CMO Credit Available)
But We Didn't Do Anything Wrong!      Read More... (1.0 hour credit)
Basic, Advanced and Emeritus
When Disaster Strikes: Preparing Your Information 
Systems Infrastructure     
(0.5 hour credit)
Basic, Advanced and Emeritus

Professional Training Programs Available

Auburn University - Government and Economic Development Institute

University of Alabama - College of Continuing Studies

The League has been informed that the following training opportunities are available for municipal officials and employees.  Many of these seminars are sponsored by other organizations and you would need to contact them for information about the meeting and registration.
If the League is a sponsor, our telephone number is noted in the information below.  Although these conferences are arranged for positions designated, many of them allow other individuals to attend.  If you have a question on this, please contact the sponsoring agency.
If you have a conference you would like to add to this list, contact Carrie Banks with the information and include a contact person, address, telephone number and e-mail address if available.