Training and Resources



Upcoming Training

CMO 61: Municipal Legislative AdvocacyCritical State Puzzle

Register for the Municipal Legislative Advocacy CMO Session HERE.  Registrations accepted through March 11, 2019

The League's Annual Legislative Advocacy CMO is specifically designed to allow municipal officials to share their ideas and concerns with the state’s political leadership. It is important that the vital role our municipalities play in economic development, community enhancement and quality of life is repeatedly articulated to our state representatives. The League's Municipal Legislative Advocacy Session provides a unique opportunity each year for municipal leaders to take their messages to the State House - and for the power of the ALM membership's collective voice to be heard. A strong municipal presence at the State House demonstrates the effectiveness of the state's cities and towns in building a stronger Alabama economy. Please make appointments ASAP to visit with your legislators on March 19 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. To visit House Members call 334-242-7600.  To visit Senate Members call 334-242-7800. 

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m.– 9:00 a.m. Registration)
Where: State Capitol Auditorium (Back entrance of Capitol building), on Union Street/Goat Hill Museum
Who should attend: Elected Officials and Municipal Personnel
Cost to attend: $125 (Lunch will be served)
Session Topics: Legislative Challenges & Opportunities, Legislative Leadership Panel/Session Outlook and Opportunity Zones.

CMO Credit: This session has been approved for a total of four (4) Basic, Advanced or Emeritus credit hours in the Certified Municipal Official Program. The first 3 hours are awarded based on session attendance. The final hour is awarded based on a legislative visit at the State House. Core Curriculum: This session is approved for two (2) elective core curriculum requirements. Credit hours are not awarded in the core curriculum for duplicate training. Any municipal employee may register, but only elected officials will be awarded credit hours in the CMO Program.

Parking:  Alabama Center for Commerce Parking Deck. Corner of Adams and S. Decatur Street. Parking access code will be provided to registrants prior to event. 

CMO Program Webinars


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

2019 Webinar Schedule:

January 29  - Working with Municipal Boards
February 26  - Public Records
March 5  - Advocacy 101 and ALM Policy Committees Overview
June 25 - Legislative Topic
July 30 - Basic Parliamentary Procedure
August 27 - Sources of Revenue for Cities and Towns
September 24 - The Municipal Auditing Process
October 29  - Authority to Expend Municipal Funds
November 26 - Annexation & De-annexation of Municipal Property

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.

Working with Municipal Boards

Register HERE for the Working with Municipal Boards Webinar

Most municipalities in Alabama have created some sort of board, be it a library or park board or a utility board of some sort. There are many types of boards under Alabama Law. This webinar will help municipal officials understand the legal do’s and dont’s when creating and working with these various boards. 

When: January 29, 2019, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST
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. 

Who should register: Elected Officials and Municipal Personnel
Presenter:  Lori Lein, ALM General Counsel

CMO Credit: This webinar and successful completion of the accompanying test qualifies as an elective core curriculum course in the Certified Municipal Official Program. This webinar is approved for one (1) credit hour in the Basic, Advanced or emeritus program. Credit hours are not awarded for duplicate core curriculum training. Any municipal official may register, but only elected officials will be awarded credit hours in the CMO Program.


2019 Spring Municipal Law Conference

April 12 (1-5 p.m.) and April 13 (8:30 a.m.-Noon)
Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa, Florence, AL



2019 Fall Municipal Law Conference

September 26 - 28, 2019
The Lodge at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL


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 - Municipal Training

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.