Leadership ICMA

Leadership ICMA is a competitive, intensive two-year ICMA University program designed to cultivate key competencies needed for successful leadership at all levels of local government management. Participants not yet eligible for credentialing join a class of select individuals to complete a series of five class modules and a team-based capstone project. All Leadership ICMA graduates receive one year of experience "credit" toward the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

The program has accepted its fifteenth cohort, The Class of 2022, and members of the class of 2020 have completed capstone projects for the cities of Alexandria, VA, Boulder, CO, and Needham, MA.

Program Details

The Leadership ICMA Program is being reimagined.

Please check our Leadership Development webpage at https://icma.org/leadership-development-programs for upcoming and new programs.


Who is Right for the Program

Applicants must be ICMA members and have at least three years of senior management experience in local government or a related field with experience in multiple departments. They must have completed the ICMA Management Assessment (formerly Applied Knowledge Assessment) for their own edification. (Results of the assessment remain confidential and are not considered in the review of applications.) Employers must sign a commitment form confirming their willingness to support the educational and travel costs associated with this program.