AMCTO Professional Accreditation

AMCTO Designations

AMCTO raises the bar as a professional association by offering sector leading professional accreditation programs.  In 2015, AMCTO re-introduced its flagship Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) program to cement it as the leading management and leadership designation in our sector.  In support, the Accredited Municipal Professional (AMP) was created to provide a non-management or early career designation for local government professionals. Finally, in 2017, AMCTO launched the Accredited Ontario Municipal Clerk (AOMC) designation to further drive the quality and caliber of the Clerk's profession and its significance to municipal administration in Ontario

 

Premier Designation

The CMO has a minimum eligibility requirement of three (3) years of management experience in a municipal corporation. As Ontario's only municipal designation mapping onto eight specific management and leadership competencies, the CMO addresses the broad range of what is required to be a successful local government manager and leader.

This designation is geared toward municipal executives and progressive middle to senior leaders within the sector.

Non-Management / Early Career Designation

The AMP is a tiered designation of the CMO and provides municipal professionals in non-management roles an opportunity to demonstrate their competency as a local government professional. Using municipal experience and documented evidence, candidates are required to demonstrate their competence around five key areas.

This designation is geared to new professionals and non-management professionals in the sector.

Clerk's Technical Designation

The Accredited Ontario Municipal Clerk (AOMC) designation certifies the core education, experience and professional contributions required to be an accredited municipal clerk in Ontario.

The AOMC designation establishes a professional standard for Ontario Clerks by driving a standard that ensures the profession remains vibrant, attractive and ever improving. This is achieved through a points-based assessment and an ongoing commitment to continuous learning and development.

This designation is geared toward well-established municipal Clerk's and progressively responsible Deputy Clerks.

 

 

Competency Framework

AMCTO undertook expansive research of local government competency frameworks in order to develop the Definition of Practice for Municipal Management. This resource articulates a detailed and inclusive management and leadership competency framework for local government professionals. It was then used to construct the new CMO and AMP programs in 2015.

The Core Knowledge Requirements in the document reflect the competencies and associated practices and behaviors that local government managers should display for high achievement. This includes a broad understanding and knowledge of relevant political, economic, legal, infrastructure and social issues, as well as the specific community and region within which the municipal corporation is situated.

The Definition of Practice for Municipal Management

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Requirement

CMO

AMP

AOMC

AMCTO member in good standing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Completion of Municipal Administration Program (MAP). MAP exemption is accepted.

Required

Required

Not required

Municipal Experience

Three years of municipal management experience required.

Three years of municipal experience is required

Three years minimum is required in a Clerk, Deputy Clerk, or equivalent role (i.e. range of job titles accepted).

Competency Assessment

Management & Leadership Competency must be demonstrated with evidence in the following areas:

  1. Municipal Operations

  2. Communication

  3. Service Delivery

  4. Government Relations & Citizen Engagement

  5. Strategic and Organizationa Management

  6. Human Resource Management

  7. Financial Management

  8. Leadership

General Competency must be demonstrated with evidence in the following areas:

  1. Municipal Operations

  2. Communication

  3. Service Delivery

  4. Government Relations & Citzen Engagement

  5. Managing Work

AOMC is a points-based designation requiring a score of 90 points across the following three areas:

1. Education

2. Experience

3. Professional Contributions

Continuing Professional Development

Yes - a minimum of 60 hours is required to maintain the CMO designation every three years.

Yes - a minimum of 60 hours is required to maintain the AMP designation every three years.

The AOMC requires 100 hours of professional development to maintain the designation every five years.

Mentorship Support

Available upon registration

Available upon registration

Available upon request

Review Process

A blind review process from 3 independent CMO appointed reviewers.

A blind review process from 3 independent AMP appointed reviewers.

An AMCTO staff review is conducted of the evidence provided in order to ensure the correct amount of points to be granted the designation is achieved.

Timeline for completion

Estimated 6-12 months to prepare and compile a submission - if candidate can satisfy all the requirements.

Estimated 3-9 months to prepare and compile a submission - if the candidate can satisfy all the requirements

The AOMC can be completed over several weeks if the candidate can satisfy the points required for approval.

Key Dates

March 15 - for granting of designation at the June Board Meeting (any submissions received after this deadline will be held and processed only after all submissions received by the deadline are processed. AMCTO does not ensure any applications received after March 15th will be processed prior to the June Board Meeting).

 

July 15 - for granting of designation at September Board Meeting

 

September 15 - for granting of designation at November Board Meeting

 

December 1 - for granting of designation at February Board Meeting

March 15 - for granting of designation at the June Board Meeting (any submissions received after this deadline will be held and processed only after all submissions received by the deadline are processed. AMCTO does not ensure any applications received after March 15th will be processed prior to the June Board Meeting).

 

July 15 - for granting of designation at September Board Meeting

 

September 15 - for granting of designation at November Board Meeting

 

December 1 - for granting of designation at February Board Meeting

N/A - successful AOMC recipients are always invited to the next AMCTO Annual General Meeting and Conference to be recognized for their achievement

Program Fees

A fee of $195.49 is due upon submission of your CMO.

A fee of $195.49 is due upon submission of your AMP.

A fee of $195.49 is due upon submission of your AOMC.

The Gold Standard

In 2014, Dr. Zac Spicer undertook a research exercise to examine the Perceptions of Municipal Accreditation in Ontario. Through this research, it was noted that the AMCTO offers the best known and recognized accreditation program through the CMO. Through this research, the CMO was viewed as most likely to benefit one's career; outperforming others in familiarity and favorability and this was before reforms that have since bolstered the program further.

AMCTO remains committed to ensuring our accreditation programs are sector leading and provide the professional return on investment for those attaining our designations.