Steps to Credential

How it Works

There are three steps to becoming a Credentialed Government Leader:

1. Application and Assessment

Upon application to the program, candidates will take an assessment to provide base-level information about current skills, knowledge and interests. This will help guide the candidate’s customized credential program. The cost to join the CGL program is $75 plus the cost of your courses. Upon graduation, the CGL program participant receives one free year of ICMA membership.

2. Coaching and Program Development

Accepted candidates will be assigned a mentor who will review the assessment and work with the candidate to develop a course of study. Once developed, the plan needs to be submitted, reviewed and approved by the CGL oversight committee. * Other mentors will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

3. Coursework

Eight (8) workshops, seminars or other pre-approved training opportunities must be completed in order to secure a credential. This includes completing the five (5) core skill courses and three (3) elective courses. Workshops will be offered at regional events, annual conferences and other events sponsored by MMANC, MMASC, ICMA and other recognized local government professional organizations (i.e. CSMFO, CALPELRA, CAPIO).

You must track the courses you complete and also be sure to take notes. After completing all the required courses, you will need to submit the CGL Program Completion Form along with a short 250 word write-up for each course and a culminating paper (500 - 750 words) summarizing your experience.