Only Elected officials are eligible for Municipal Training Institute Certificates.
Municipal Staff may register for Municipal Training Institute Courses. If space is limited, however, preference will be given to elected officials during pre-registration.
Only registered attendees may attend training courses. No spouses, please. If spouses do attend training luncheons, there will be an additional fee to cover the costs of their meal.
Credit will only be given once for any class except for Retreats (credit for two may be given); Critical Issues (credit for two may be given); Mobile workshops (credit of two may be given); and the Leadership Institute Alumni Seminar or Circle of Excellence Course, which cover different topics each year, are credited for each time they are taken.
To receive credit, a participant must attend the entire class. Anyone arriving more than 30 minutes after the class begins or leaving class early, will not receive credit. Registration forms must be handed to the instructor at the end of the class. Please keep your copy of the registration form to prove attendance if necessary.
Participants must attend the training program that they are registered for. Switching classes can result in loss of credit.
Participants from Consolidated Governments may transfer up to three courses from county training from the following list of courses: Regional Approaches to City/ County Cooperation, Economic Development, Emergency Management, Environmental Management and Ethics. Each attendee will be responsible for getting proof of attendance at an ACCG training event to GMA.
Elected Officials who serve on Development Authority Boards and take the state mandated Development Authority Board Member Training through the University of Georgia may receive 6 hours of credit, provided they submit proof of attendance to GMA.
The Newly Elected Officials Institute is required by state law (Code 36-45-1). This course must be taken within the first twelve months of taking office. Typically the course is offered in February and/or March of each year, depending on the number of newly elected officials. If an elected official has served before and has been reelected, he/she must take the Newly Elected Officials Institute again IF they have been out of office for more than four years. Credit will not be given twice for this course, even if it is required.
GMA sends transcripts to all city halls in the fall of each year. An individual may request a transcript at any time during the year, or they may access their transcript on the GMA website.
Certificates are presented each year at Mayors’ Day and the Annual Convention.
Credit is not given for any class not included in the GMA training program.