Certified Municipal Officer (CMO)

The Premier Designation for Municipal Managers & Leaders

Today's ever-evolving municipal environment demands management professionals to possess diverse skills and knowledge such as visionary leadership, and keen problem-solving. The Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) accredits these core skills, along with the knowledge and expertise required to be a successful local government leader.

The CMO showcases your knowledge of local government management, your professional readiness and commitment to career-long learning and ethical practice. The CMO is the leading local government designation in Ontario — successful completion and approval of the requirements confer the right to use the initials CMO after your name.

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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

Chief Administrative Officer & Deputy Clerk/Treasurer

County of Peterborough

"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

County of Essex

"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

"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, CMO

City Manager, City of Temiskaming Shores

"The CMO demonstrates a culmination of your municipal governance skills and qualities developed to date, and signifies 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, AOMC, Dipl.M.A.

Legislative Services Manager/Clerk

County of Middlesex

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Dominika Roseclay