ICMA University

Leadership Development Programs

ICMA University invites you to discover a range of leadership development programs for every level of your career.

ICMA University Webinars & E-Learning

ICMA University offers online learning with e-courses, webinars, and online certificate programs.

ICMA University Certificate Programs

Develop a competitive edge with ICMA's certificate programs.

Skill-Building Workshops

Workshops that are affordable, accessible, and designed to meet the specific needs of local government professionals.

Voluntary Credentialing Program

ICMA's Voluntary Credentialing Program recognizes professional local government managers and promotes lifelong learning.


Voluntary Credentialing Program Overview

ICMA's Voluntary Credentialing Program recognizes professional local government managers and promotes lifelong learning.


Assessments help members and others assess their knowledge for the purpose of professional development planning.

Professional Development Resources for Members

Guidelines and resources for planning professional development activities and participating in the Voluntary Credentialing Program

ICMA Credentialed Managers Directory

Members have earned the ICMA-CM (ICMA Credentialed Manager) or the ICMA Credentialed Manager Candidate designation as part of the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

Legacy Leaders

Special Invitation to Credentialed Managers You’ve devoted your career to local government management and improving the communities where you’ve served. ICMA invites you to become a “Legacy Leader” and help enrich the profession by mentoring the next generation, supporting their professional development, and encouraging them to belong to ICMA as the professional organization that meets their unique needs. Credentialed managers who fulfill the following commitments each year will belong to the Legacy Leaders in honor of the legacy you bring to the profession every time you advise a young professional from your community or another community about the rewards of life in the local government trenches. To join the Legacy Leaders, you need to fulfill one of the requirements below: Recruit an ICMA member, or Sponsor (financially support) or recruit at least one Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP), Mid-Career Management Institute (MCMI), or Leadership ICMA participant, or Sponsor a Local Government Management Fellow (LGMF) AND Coach a participant in the Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP), Mid-Career Manager's Institute (MCMI), or in a comparable state-sponsored program such as CAL-ICMA for two years.  The coach's responsibilities include:  Serving as a sounding board and career coach throughout the year Attending a state association meeting, regional meeting, or ICMA Annual Conference with the participant if possible During the second year of the ELDP or MCMI program, approve completion of the course and sign off on your emerging leader or mid-career manager's final project prior to graduation Recruit at least one new member each year ICMA celebrates the commitment of Legacy Leaders Mark Achen James Antonen Mike Baker Frank Benest Jim Bennett Barb Blumenfield Wally Bobkiewicz Susan Boyer Rob Braulik Richard Brown Patrick Cannon Ed Daley Daniel Fitzpatrick   Mike Garvey     Sam Gaston Wes Hare Gary Huff Mary Jacobs Steven C. Jones Roger Kemp Jon Lewis George Liyeos Tom Lundy Tom Markus Bob McEvoy Peggy Merriss Jim Mullen Tim O'Donnell Bob O’Neill Andy Pederson Douglas Schulze Cynthia Seelhammer Ted Staton Greg Sund Carl Swenson Nancy Watt Rod Wood Lee Worsley Making a difference in the life of a promising young professional does not need to take a lot of time from your busy schedule. Coaching can be done through phone calls and e-mails in just a few hours a month. Think back on the mentors who advised you in the early years of your career. This is your opportunity to do the same for others.  Encouraging their interests, helping them build on their strengths, and giving them career advice not only helps them pursue this profession, it ensures that the next generation will be in the pipeline to provide the caliber of professionalism that enriches our communities. After one year of coaching and recruiting or sponsoring one member or emerging leaders program participant, you will earn the designation of Legacy Leader. To maintain the designation in the second year, you will continue coaching for another year and recruit one more member or emerging leaders program participant. After that, each year Legacy Leaders will select from a menu of different activities that enrich the profession in order to maintain Legacy Leaders status.  In addition to the activities above, the list includes establishing an intern position in your community or with neighboring communities, hosting an Emerging Leaders Development Program or Leadership ICMA discussion group, and reaching out to students in your community to improve their knowledge of local government or to encourage young people to consider the profession. To find out more, e-mail and we’ll contact you with additional information.  

Credentialing Application & Reporting

Information about how to apply for and renew ICMA's voluntary credential

ICMA Coaching

ICMA Coaching Program Webinars

FREE live webinars spotlighting best practices featuring local government professionals and experts -- invite your whole team to participate!


Get paired with the perfect coach or coachee for you today!

Career Compass

An ICMA Coaching Program column focused on career issues for local government professional staff.

Job Center

ICMA Job Center

Your one-stop shop for job searching and recruiting in professional local government.

Employer Overview

Find the best candidates for your position with ICMA ICMA's Job Center offers a direct market to ICMA members - the largest audience of dedicated local government professionals across the United States and internationally. Why use ICMA's Job Center? ICMA's Job Center attracts more than 12,000 unique visitors (and more than 150,000 page views) each month. There's no better place to attract dedicated, ethical public service professionals to your local government. All jobs posted appear in the weekly ICMA member newsletter Leadership Matters (11,000 subscribers). You can also add your job to the weekly Leadership Matters, Non-member Highlights* (about 35,000 subscribers). Ads appear in the newsletters as long as they are live on the site. Post a Job Link to instructions for placing job ads, ad rates, and newsletter deadlines are in the menu items to the right. Resources for employers/recruiters include: My Account overview (once you've posted jobs, you may also access them from the My Job Ads subsection under the Employers tab above) Post a job Advertising rates Newsletter ad deadlines Frequently Asked Questions for employers Executive recruiting resources The ICMA Difference Established in 1914 as the professional association for local government managers, ICMA has maintained a Code of Ethics since 1924 that establishes professional and personal standards for managers. Many communities prefer to hire ICMA members because of their commitment to ethics, professionalism, and continuous learning. Learn more: Member Center ICMA Credentialing Recruiting Resources

Career Resource Guides

Resources on understanding the looming talent crisis, hiring a manager, assisting first-time managers, building an internship program, planning for succession, and more.

Explore the Profession

Local Government Management: A Career Overview

The hottest career you've probably never heard of

Find Internships & Fellowships

Increasing opportunities for those who will be the local government leaders of tomorrow.

Welcome Teachers!

Resources and links for academics, adjunct professors, civics teachers, and explorers of professional local government management.