Credentialing Policies & the Credentialing Advisory Board
A: Application deadlines are October 2, 2023, January 2, 2024, April 1, 2024, July 1, 2024.
A: It takes 3.5 months from the application deadline, so the time varies for each applicant. For example, if you apply after April 3 and before July 3, your application will go into the July review round and, if approved, you will receive the credential by mid-October.
A: Recommendations will be published in the ICMA e-newsletter Leadership Matters within 60 days of the application deadline. If the Credentialing Advisory Board has questions or if you are not being recommended, you will hear from them well before that time. Final approval by the Executive Board will occur approximately 3.5 months after the application deadline, after which time you will receive further information and instructions via e-mail. Also feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org at any time if you have questions.
A: No. A Credentialed Manager Candidate is a member who has been fully accepted into the program, but is a year or two shy of having enough executive experience to become an ICMA Credentialed Manager. Candidates complete professional development and submit annual reports just like Credentialed Managers, and they are automatically upgraded to Credentialed Manager as soon as they have enough executive experience.
A: At this time, ICMA’s agreement with Georgia State University, our partner in developing the assessment, does not allow ICMA to reveal the answers or which questions relate to which Practices.
A: This requirement has been in place since the Credentialing Program began in early 2002. The first assessment (the Management Assessment) is an assessment of knowledge. The second assessment (a multi-rater or alternative) is an assessment of practice. Also, it is helpful to reassess so that you can get an idea of how/whether things have changed since you started the program.
Q: Do I have to use one of the pre-approved multi-rater assessments?
A: It is recommended, however, the Credentialing Advisory Board will accept requests from organizations wishing to have their multi-rater tools added to the pre-approved list for review. These requests should be submitted to email@example.com, and the requests will be reviewed twice a year. Deadline for submissions is the first Monday in June and the first Monday in December; please allow 90 days following the submission deadline for an e-mail response. Requests must include a sample of the tool and the tool MUST meet the following criteria:
- Ability to allow the customer to request feedback from multiple reviewers
- Address most of the Practices for Effective Government Leadership
A: No. In December 2019, ICMA's Executive Board approved a change to the program. This change retains the mandatory multi-rater assessment within the first five years of the program, and makes all subsequent multi-raters voluntary. Credentialed managers are encouraged to complete multi-rater assessments on a voluntary basis every five years, or as significant career changes occur; by doing so the manager could earn up to 10 hours of professional development completed activity credit (10 hours of credit may be applied once every five years).
Credentialing Policies & the Credentialing Advisory Board
A: Yes. The Credentialing Advisory Board, made up of member volunteers, spends a considerable amount of time evaluating and reviewing applications and annual reports. They carefully consider each one, paying special attention to experience, education, plans, and annual reports.
A: Tenet 8 of the ICMA Code of Ethics says, “Make it a duty continually to improve the member's professional ability and to develop the competence of associates in the use of management techniques.” After member dialogue in 1994 the following guideline was added: “Each member should commit at least 40 hours per year to professional development activities that are based on the practices identified by the members of ICMA.” The Credentialing Program simply allows you to focus and structure your 40 hours.
A: No problem. The Credentialing Advisory Board (CAB) understands that these things happen. Simply leave it out of your annual report. Include any activities that you may have substituted during the year. While the CAB will be flexible and allow non-traditional approaches as part of a professional development plan, it is with the understanding that participants will meet the 40-hour minimum even if you have a need to adjust schedules or change activities in the course of a year.
A: Every ICMA member commits to forty hours annually of professional development (Tenet 8 of the Code of Ethics). What distinguishes Credentialed Managers and Candidates is their commitment to plan for continuous personal improvement, to reflect upon their development activities, and to document their learning for peer review.
As members advance in their careers, they often lament that training activities rarely provide grand, new solutions or insights. Such unrealistic expectations can lead to skepticism of any presenter, author, or trainer and cause our attention to wander. The mind closes, rather than opens, to learning. We may miss even small, useful kernels of new knowledge.
Attention and reflection help capture more of these kernels. Taking notes increases our attention. Later, even brief reflection or review of our notes seems to expand and help retain concrete learning. If time is available, greater learning gains can occur by preparing a journal of thoughts and reactions, discussing ideas with a colleague, or studying more on the topic.
There is no process for pre-certifying acceptable seminars/courses because the focus of the program is a professional development plan that is most appropriate for individual circumstances as opposed to a broader “one size fits all” program.
A: The job activity itself does not count as professional development, but any studying, reading, or coursework that you did to prepare for the job activity does count as professional development.
A: You may not have to. Retired members who have been credentialed for at least five years are eligible to become Retired Credentialed Managers. Retired Credentialed Managers do not have to submit annual reports unless they desire to retain the “active” credential.
A: Three reminders are sent to every credentialing participant, starting three months in advance of your deadline. We also send a reminder two weeks in advance of lapsing from the program. If you are not receiving your reminders, make sure we have your correct e-mail address, and also check your e-mail spam filter or firewall settings. Ask your IT Department to add icma.org to your “approved sender” list.
A: It can cost as little or as much as you want it to. The only required expenses are $75 for the Management Assessment and $50 for the online application. There are no renewal fees at this time, and the 40-hour professional development requirement can be fulfilled through no- to low-cost activities such as structured mentoring and professional reading from the library.
A: The Credentialing Program is almost completely supported by member dues. The one-time $50 application fee helps defray the cost of staff time to process applications.
A: Multi-rater assessments are expensive to administer and score. Alternatives are available to members with tight budgets. Just send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: The 40-hour professional development requirement can be fulfilled through no- to low-cost activities such as structured mentoring and professional reading.