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Municipal Governance Institute




Become A Certified Municipal Official!


To reward your commitment to the continual process of learning new skills and abilities in the local government field, MML sponsors the MML Governance Institute. Participants who complete the program are designated as "Certified Municipal Officials" by the Missouri Municipal League.

Participants must complete 12 hours of study in core areas and four hours of elective training. The program is open to both elected and appointed municipal officials and utilizes existing MML training opportunities, such as conferences and online training, as well as specialized crafted workshops to provide meaningful and useful information.

Enrollment Form (Click here to enroll)

Core Requirements - One hour in each of the following topics (12 hours total):


Economic Development
Emergency Management
Fundamentals Municipal Government
Liability and Risk
Parliamentary Procedures
Personnel Law
Planning and Zoning
Public Works Contracting

Revenue Sources

Sunshine Law


In addition, participants need to complete four hours of Electives.

Credit Hours

Credit Hours will be given for documented attendance at MML workshops, conferences and online courses. Sessions that qualify for the Governance Institute will be designated as such on the agenda. Click here for a list of courses offered online that will count for MGI credit.

Non-MGI Programs

The Municipal Governance Institute (MGI) recognizes that non‐MGI trainings are available to MGI
participants and that these trainings may in some cases cover the same core issues as required to
receive designation as a certified municipal official.   Some of the trainings offered by the St. Louis County Municipal League will count towards MGI credits.  In addtion, the online FEMA NIMs 700 level training is accepted for the emergency management credit.  Other programs may qualify if submitted in accordance with the MGI policy (click here for the policy).


Getting started in the MML Governance Institute is as easy as 1-2-3. Start by completing the enrollment form (be sure you are logged into your MML profile when you enroll) . Next, complete and return the attendance verification forms whenever you attend qualifying events or workshops to MML. You can check the status of your progress towards completing the coursework by visiting your profile on the MML website. MML will notify you when you have achieved completion of all the required coursework.


The program is designed so participants can  complete requirements within a sandard two-year term of office. Attendance at the MML Elected Officials Training Conference, and two MML Annual Conferences, including the pre-conference workshops, will typically provide the needed credits to qualify for completion. All participants are expected to complete the program within four years.Timefram


Upon completion of the Institute's coursework, municipal officials will be presented with a plaque honoring the achievement. Recognition will occur at the League's Annual Conference, MML regional meetings or at city council meetings. A press release highlighting the accomplishment will also be issued.

Enroll Today! Enrollment is $150 for officials in member municipalities, and $225 for non-members.  The enrollment fee DOES NOT cover the cost of conference registrations or the online courses.

MGI Fellows - MML wishes to thank the following individuals for their involvement with the program.

Brian Dabson Associate Dean, Truman School of Public Affairs, UMC
Christine Bushyhead Attorney, Bushyhead, LLC.
Joe Lauber Attorney, Lauber Municipal Law
Mark Levin City Administrator, Maryland Heights
Nancy Thompson City Attorney, City of Columbia
Ron Holifield CEO, Strategic Government Resources
Wally Siewert Director, Civic Engagement, FOCUS - St. Louis

Missouri Municipal League

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