Local Government 101 Online Certificate Program

Give your resume a boost with an ICMA professional certificate in local government management. The Local Government 101 Online Certificate Program is available on-demand so you may learn at a schedule that is convenient for you.

Local Government 101 on-demand

Special thanks to ICMA-RC, Founding Corporate Sponsor.

Fee: Member = $1,495;
Nonmember = $2,495 (Join ICMA) 


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Local Government 101 goes back to the basics – grounding local government professionals in those key skills and practices that are the foundation of becoming an effective local government manager.

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Service Delivery
  • Budgeting
  • Human Resources

What is Local Government 101?

This interactive online certificate program immerses you in the special challenges that confront the local government manager today. Taught by experienced managers and local government experts, this online certificate program is designed to impart real-life experience, best practices, and sound advice in the areas most important to a manager’s day-to-day role. 

Gain Your Competitive Edge

Local Government 101 is designed to help new and mid-career managers, assistant managers, and even career-changers new to local government, gain the competitive edge in leading their communities and advancing their careers. This five-course, 15-session program provides the basic skills you need to do an outstanding job for your community and make yourself marketable in the increasingly competitive field of local government management. Courses include:

  • Effective Local Government Manager (3 sessions)
  • Human Resources and Staff Effectiveness (3 sessions)
  • Understanding and Creating a Municipal Budget (3 sessions)
  • Managing Local Government Services (3 sessions)
  • Become an Effective Leader (3 sessions)