AMCTO Professional Accreditation

AMCTO Designations

AMCTO raises the bar by offering three sector leading professional accreditation programs.  The Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) program is cemented as the leading management and leadership designation in our sector. The Accredited Municipal Professional (AMP) provides a non-management or early career designation while, the Accredited Ontario Municipal Clerk (AOMC) designation raises the caliber of the Clerk's profession and its significance to municipal administration in Ontario.

Premier Designation

The CMO has a 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 managers.

Non-Management Designation

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

This designation is geared to new professionals and non-management staff in local government.

Clerk's 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 establishes a professional standard to ensure the profession remains vibrant, attractive and ever improving. This is achieved through a points-based assessment and an ongoing commitment to continuous learning.

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

 

 

Competency Framework

Backed by research of various local government competency frameworks, AMCTO developed the Definition of Practice for Municipal Management. This resource is an inclusive management and leadership competency framework for local government professionals. It was used to redevelop the CMO and create the AMP programs in 2015.

The Core Knowledge Requirements outlined the competencies, 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

Member in good standing

Completed Municipal Administration Program (MAP). MAP exemption is accepted.

Required Municipal Experience

Three years of municipal management experience.

Three years of municipal experience.

Three years as a Clerk, Deputy Clerk, or equivalent role.

Competency Assessment

Management & Leadership Competency 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 areas:

  1. Municipal Operations
  2. Communication
  3. Service Delivery
  4. Government Relations & Citzen Engagement
  5. Managing Work

Points-based assessment requiring a score of 90 points across the following three areas:

  1. Education
  2. Experience
  3. Professional Contributions

Continuing Professional Development

60 hours is required every three years.

60 hours is required every three years.

100 hours every five years.

Mentorship Support

Available upon registration

Available upon registration

Available upon request

Review Process

3 independent CMO reviewers.

3 independent AMP reviewers.

AMCTO staff review is conducted in order to calculate points towards the designation.

Timeline for completion

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

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

Estimated 1 month if the candidate can satisfy the points required for approval.

Key Dates

March 15th is the deadline to be recognized at the AMCTO Annual conference.

March 15th is the deadline to be recognized at the AMCTO Annual conference.

March 15th is the deadline to be recognized at the AMCTO Annual conference.

Program Fees

A fee of $195.49 is due upon submission.

A fee of $195.49 is due upon submission.

A fee of $195.49 is due upon submssion.

The Gold Standard

In 2014, Dr. Zac Spicer undertook a research exercise to examine the Perceptions of Municipal Accreditation in Ontario. This research noted that AMCTO offers the best known and recognized accreditation program through the CMO. Additionally, 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 in 2015.

AMCTO remains committed to ensuring our accreditation programs are the gold standard in the sector and provide the professional return on investment for those attaining them.

Premier Designation

Non-Management Designation

Clerk's Designation