Training and Resources



Certified Municipal Official Program

2017 Municipal Leadership Institute and ExpoCMO-Logo-Column


Ross Bridge Renaissance, 4000 Grand Avenue, Hoover, AL  35226

The League will host a two-day training event and expo in Hoover December 4 and 5.  The Municipal Leadership Institute will provide you with the training you need to solve and plan for problems that impact you and your municipality before they arise. Presentations by area experts will be given on timely issues that confront today’s local elected officials. Exhibits will open at noon on Monday, December 4. This unique showcase will offer an excellent opportunity for vendors and municipal officials to meet. Plan to connect with exhibitors and discover valuable tools for solutions to problems as well as innovative ideas for future planning.

Topics Include: Sources of Revenue (elective core); Overview of Workers Compensation and Municipal Liability Claims; Developing a Municipal Youth Commission; Municipal Debt Financing; Pitfalls and Best Practices for Bond Issues; NIMS Training and Emergency Preparedness; and Expenditure of Municipal Funds (elective core).

Agenda   |   Hotel Information

This Institute has been approved for eight and one-half (8.5) Basic, Advanced or Emeritus hours in the Certified Municipal Official Program. 2 of the 8.5 approved hours meet core curriculum requirements. If you have already taken the core courses that will be offered at the Institute, duplicate core hours will not be awarded. Any municipal official or municipal personnel may register for the Institute, but only elected officials will be awarded credit hours in the CMO Program.

The League’s CMO graduation ceremony for those who have earned their Basic, Advanced, and Emeritus CMO designations will also be held during the Leadership Institute. For those attending both the Institute and the CMO graduation, registration and payment are required.


Pre-Registration and On-Site registration Fees:

  • From Now until November 6, 2017: Online Registration - $225
    (Paper Registration Form/Payment - $250)

  • From November 7, 2017 to November 20, 2017: $250
    (Paper Registration Form/Payment - $275)

  • On-Site Registration Fee: $275

Save $25 by registering online!

Register online for the Municipal Leadership Institute HERE.   |   Download and print the registration form HERE.

Exhibitor / Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to register as a vendor and/or sponsor. This conference is for local elected officials to receive training to solve and plan for problems that impact their municipalities before they arise. Presentations by area experts will be given on timely issues that confront today’s local elected officials. Join us as an exhibitor/sponsor or as a sponsor only at the Ross Bridge Renaissance and promote your products, programs and services to key municipal decision makers. See below to register and to view the interactive floor plan and agenda. See what space is currently available and view a listing of all registered vendors. We hope to see you in Hoover!

 Exhibitor / Sponsorship Opportunities  |  Interactive Floor Plan  
Expo Schedule  |  Exhibitor Kit

Exhibit and Sponsor

Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration      Registration Deadline - November 17

$500        Table-top Exhibit Space  |  Sponsorship and Event Promotion  |  Luncheon and Reception

Table-top Exhibit - The Institute offers exhibiting on Monday, December 4th beginning at 12:00 p.m. and concludes with the League’s reception at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Break service, lunch and reception will be held in the exhibit area to maximize your exposure to attendees.  Sponsorship - Your Company is promoted with special event signage, recognition via League app and on printed conference materials and the opportunity to provide a pre-approved promotional item in registration bags. (Flyers/brochures are accepted in digital format only. Deadline for submission - November 17).

NOTE:  ALM requires a certificate of general liability file on file for each exhibitor.  This can be a “proof only” copy and does not require ALM listed as an additional insured.  This should be uploaded during the registration process.

Sponsorship Only

Sponsor Only Registration      Registration Deadline - November 17

$200        Sponsorship and Event Promotion

Can’t be with us on December 4th?  No problem.  Your company can still have a presence! Show your support of Alabama municipalities by being a sponsor. Your Company is promoted with special event signage, recognition via League app and on printed conference materials and the opportunity to provide a pre-approved promotional item in registration bags.  (Flyers/brochures are accepted in digital format only. Deadline for submission - November 17).

Questions?  Contact Cindy Price, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 334-262-2566

In early 1994, the Executive Committee of the Alabama League of Municipalities unanimously voted to appoint a subcommittee to study the feasibility of establishing a certification program for elected municipal officials. In July 1994, the Executive Committee agreed to the subcommittee's recommendation and approved the League's CMO program. The League's CMO program was the second elected municipal officials training program in the country. 

The Certified Municipal Official Program is voluntary and open to all elected municipal officials. The League conducts a one-day continuing education session at least twice a year at four regional sites. These sessions are for elected municipal officials – mayors and councilmembers – who voluntarily wish to receive formal training in municipal government. Participants earn 5 credit hours by attending these sessions. Credit hours may also be earned by attending other League or National League of Cities conferences or through service on League committees and boards. Outside credit is also awarded for attendance of approved seminars.

Any official who earns 40 credit hours in the program will be awarded the designation of Certified Municipal Official (CMO). Currently, more than 4,000 elected municipal officials are enrolled in this program. There have been 1,171 elected municipal officials to complete the basic 40 hours of training required for the CMO designation. There have been 579 officials to complete their advanced hours.

In response to requests from CMO graduates, an Advanced CMO Program was established in 1998. This program allows elected municipal officials who have achieved the basic CMO designation to obtain additional training. Several seminars are conducted each year for the Advanced CMO Program. Those who have received both their CMO and Advanced CMO designations have the opportunity to obtain the Certified Municipal Official Emeritus designation. The CMO Emeritus is awarded to those who complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of Continuing CMO Education plus 15 points. The CMO Emeritus designation was approved in 2015. Currently, 24 elected municipal officials have completed the requirements for the CMO Emeritus designation.

Graduates of the Advanced CMO and CMO Emeritus program can retain their status by obtaining 20 hours of continuing CMO credit during a three year period.

For additional information on either program, contact Cindy Price at 334-262-2566.

CMO General Information

Registration forms and payment must be received five (5) calendar days prior to the date of the training session. No on-site registrations will be accepted due to catering requirements. NOTE: All handout materials will be emailed to attendees either just prior to or immediately following the session. Please provide an email address when you register.

Registration is not limited to elected municipal officials. Registration is open to municipal employees who will benefit from the topics covered.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds of the registration fee will be made if the registrant cancels 15 or more days prior to the meeting for which he or she is registered. If registrant cancels 10 to 15 days prior to the meeting, a refund of 25% of the registration fee will be made. No partial refunds will be made for cancellations made less than ten (10) days prior to the meeting except for approved medical reasons. Substitutes will be allowed. The League reserves the right to cancel any session for which 30 or fewer participants are registered. Registrants for any cancelled session will be assigned to another session at the location of their choice or the registration fee will be refunded at the choice of the registrant.

Reasonable Accommodations:

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities if requested at least 10 calendar days in advance.

For more information contact Cindy Price at 334-262-2566 or via email HERE