Competency Framework

Backed by research of various local government competency frameworks, we have developed the following Definition of Practice for Municipal Management as a resource and competency framework for local government professionals. The Core Knowledge Requirements outline the competencies, practices, and behaviours that local government managers must demonstrate for high achievement. This includes a broad understanding and knowledge of relevant political, economic, legal, infrastructure, and social issues, as well as issues specific to the community and region where the manager serves.

Find the Designation that's Right for You

Explore the chart below to determine which of our AMCTO accrediations is right for you.

RequirementCertified Municipal Officer (CMO)Accredited Municipal Professional (AMP)Accredited Ontario Municipal Clerk (AOMC)
Member in Good Standing
Completed Municipal Administration Program (MAP) (MAP exemption is accepted) 
Required Municipal Experience3 years of municipal management experience3 years of municipal experience3 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 & Organizational Management
  6. Human Resource Management
  7. Financial Management
  8. Leadership

General Competency Areas:

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

Points-based assessment requiring a score of 90 across the following 3 areas:

  1. Education
  2. Experience
  3. Professional Contributions
Continuing Professional Development60 hours is required every 3 years60 hours is required every 3 years100 hours is required every 5 years
Mentorship SupportAvailable upon registrationAvailable upon registrationAvailable upon request
Review Process3 independent CMO-certified reviewers3 independent AMP-certified reviewersAMCTO staff review is conducted in order to calculate points towards the designation
Timeline for CompletionEstimated 6-12 months to prepare and compile a submission if candidate is able to satisfy all the requirementsEstimated 6-12 months to prepare and compile a submission if candidate is able to satisfy all the requirementsEstimated 1 month if the candidate can satisfy the points required for approval
Key DatesMarch 15 - deadline to be recognized at AMCTO annual conferenceMarch 15 - deadline to be recognized at AMCTO annual conferenceMarch 15 - deadline to be recognized at AMCTO annual conference
Program Fees$197.00 (plus HST) due upon submission$197.00 (plus HST) due upon submission$197.00 (plus HST) due upon submission

 

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Nathan J Hilton