AMCTO Professional Accreditation

AMCTO Designations

Our sector-leading professional accreditation program raises the bar of Ontario municipal excellence by advancing the profession and showcasing members' municipal expertise. AMCTO designations reflect members' commitment to the profession and aim to inspire those who are early-on in their municipal careers to continue to take part in lifelong learning and professional development. 

The Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) is cemented as the leading management and leadership designation in the municipal sector. The Accredited Municipal Professional (AMP) provides a non-management designation, and the Accredited Ontario Municipal Clerk (AOMC) designation raises the calibre of the clerk's profession and recognizes its significance to municipal administration in Ontario.

Premier Designation

Ontario's only municipal designation mapping onto eight specific management and leadership competencies - addresses the broad range of what is required to be a successful local government manager and leader. Geared toward municipal executives and progressive middle-to-senior managers.

Non-Management Designation

A tiered designation of the CMO that provides municipal professionals in non-management roles an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise. Geared to new professionals and non-management staff in local government.

Clerk's Designation

Certifies the core education, experience and professional contributions required to be an accredited municipal clerk in Ontario. Achieved through points-based assessment and a demonstrated commitment to continuous learning, the AOMC establishes a professional standard that ensures the clerk's profession remains relevant and attractive.

 

 

Competency Framework

Backed by research of various local government competency frameworks, we 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.

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 and Citizen Engagement
  5. Strategic and 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 and Citzen Engagement
  5. Managing Work

Points-based assessment requiring a score of 90 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

Three independent CMO-certified reviewers

Three independent AMP-certified 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 15 - deadline to be recognized at AMCTO annual conference

March 15 - deadline to be recognized at AMCTO annual conference

March 15 - deadline to be recognized at AMCTO annual conference

Program Fees

A fee of $200.01 (HST included) due upon submission

A fee of $200.01(HST included) due upon submission

A fee of $200.01(HST included) due upon submssion

The Gold Standard

In 2014, Dr. Zachary Spicer, PhD, undertook a research exercise to examine the Perceptions of Municipal Accreditation in Ontario. This research found the CMO to be the best-known and recognized accreditation program of the sector. Additionally, the CMO was viewed as most likely to benefit one's career — outperforming others in familiarity and favourability. Redevelopments of the designations in 2015 have since bolstered the program further.

We are committed to ensuring our accreditation programs are the gold standard in the Ontario municipal sector, providing those members who have successfully acheived their designations with the best-possible professional return on investment.

Premier Designation

Non-Management Designation

Clerk's Designation