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Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership

The Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership recognizes mayors and councilmembers who continue to strive for excellence by attending conferences and trainings, serving their community, and further developing leadership skills. City officials receive the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership after earning an additional 30 credits of CML credit and demonstrating community service.

Credits toward the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership can be earned through participation in the following:

  • AWC CML workshops
  • National League of Cities Conferences
  • Non-AWC workshops – A maximum of 15 credits can be obtained from non-AWC workshops

The Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership challenges leaders to step beyond their current role as elected officials and enhance their professional development through additional community service. The community service must be at least six months in duration and completed within the last five years.

Examples of Community Service include, but are not limited to:

  • Board or committee positions with AWC or NLC
  • Board or committee chair positions with community organizations
  • Service on statewide commissions, committees, councils and task forces
  • Leadership on projects such as fundraising efforts, campaigns and major events

AWC CML Community Service application

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