Professional Accreditation


Certified Municipal Officer  

Today’s ever evolving municipal environment demands management professionals who possess diverse skills,
knowledge, visionary leadership, and problem solving ability. The CMO is that kind of individual.

The CMO is Ontario’s only professional designation that maps onto and accredits the core skills, knowledge and expertise required to be a successful municipal manager, regardless of operation area.

CMO Competency Framework

CMO applicants are required to demonstrate skill and knowledge in 8 key areas of municipal management as identified in AMCTO’s Definition of Practice for Municipal Management, which outlines the core competencies required to be an effective local government manager. 
  1. Municipal Operations
  2. Communication
  3. Service Delivery
  4. Government Relations and Citizen Engagement
  5. Strategic and Organizational Management
  6. Human Resources Management
  7. Financial Management
  8. Leadership

Become a CMO and differentiate yourself from your peers. Demonstrate that you are an accomplished municipal management professional.

Are You Ready To Apply For The CMO?

Utilize the CMO infographics below (click to enlarge) or begin reviewing the program resource materials to assist you in navigating the CMO journey.


CMO Accreditation Handbook
CMO Registration Form


CMO Self-Assessment Checklist
How To Complete Your CMO


CMO Submission Candidate Evaluation Criteria


PDU Maintenance Program Guidelines
Sample CMO PDU Log
CMO PDU Log Form
PDU Log - FAQs
CMO Mentors

CMO Testimonials

“My recent completion of the CMO program and achievement of my CMO designation is by far my crowning education and professional achievement to date.  I found the process and completion of the requirements provided me with a greater personal insight, understanding and appreciation for the professional attributes attained throughout my career.” 

- Sheridan L. Graham, CMO, Director, Corporate Projects & Services, County of Peterborough

“The CMO designation is unquestionably the premier qualification for senior municipal officers in local government. While the requirements are extensive and extremely relevant; the process inspired a thorough self-reflection of my leadership and management achievements garnered over my municipal career. ” 

- Shellee Fournier, CMO, Dipl.M.A., Chief Administrative Officer/Human Resources, Town of Gananoque

"By obtaining my CMO, I know I am in a class of astute professionals that have clearly demonstrated both working and practical knowledge in all areas of municipal government."
- Michael Galloway, CMO, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Caledon

"Preparing my CMO applications was the best personal reflection exercise I have ever done.  I have never before taken the time to review my career accomplishments.  It proved to be very self-fulfilling"
- Amy Vickery-Menard, CMO Clerk-Treasurer, Township of Armstrong

"The CMO demonstrates a culmination of your municipal governance skills and qualities developed to date, and signifiies that you are committed to a career of continual education and self improvement to the benefit of yourself and your municipality." 
- Paul J. Shipway, CMO, Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, Municipality of Bayham

For Assistance

After reading the CMO handbook, feel free to contact Nikki Gaudon, Accreditation Coordinator with any further inquiries.