Upcoming Training


2021 Regional Training
Strengthen Your Core:  Fundamentals of Municipal Government

Ethics Advisory and Anti-Harassment Policy / Agenda / Cancellation Policy
 Core Curriculum Information CMO Program Guidelines / Certified Municipality Achievement Awards
Authority to Expend Municipal Funds / Conflicting Offices and Interests/ Sources of Revenue for Cities and Towns / Working with Municipal Boards

  Looking for in-person training in a city or town near you?  Are you newly elected and aspiring to achieve the designation of Certified Municipal Official? 
This training is for you!  Join other elected officials, and municipal personnel for the 2021 CMO Regional Training.  This summer,
the League’s Legal Team will lead six one-day trainings on four fundamental topics in municipal government.  
Register for one of the six dates / locations offered around the state. Registration Fee is $150. 

Notice: Event registrations require a valid email address that is checked regularly since the email address is used to communicate important event information, i.e., event confirmations, CMO credit form & survey link, and event updates.


June 16, 2021 / Montgomery
Alabama League of Municipalities
535 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL  36104

June 17, 2021 / Alabaster
Alabaster City Hall
1953 Municipal Way
Alabaster, Alabama 35007

June 23, 2021 / Athens
Athens City Hall Council Chambers
200 Hobbs St W
Athens, AL 35611

June 24, 2021 / Guntersville
Guntersville Town Hall
420 Blount Avenue
Guntersville, AL  35976

July 15, 2021 / Montgomery
Alabama League of Municipalities
535 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL  36104 

 July 22, 2021 / Orange Beach
Orange Beach Event Center 
4671 Wharf Parkway
Orange Beach, AL  36561


Session Topics

Authority to Expend Municipal Funds - Section 94 of the Alabama Constitution, 1901 prohibits a municipality from lending its credit, or to granting public money or thing of value in aid of, or to any individual, association or corporation whatsoever, unless the appropriation will serve a public purpose. Section 94.01 of the Alabama Constitution, 1901 grants specific authority to counties and municipalities to lend credit to or grant public funds and things of value to any individual, firm, corporation, or other business entity, public or private, for the purpose of promoting the economic or industrial development of the county or municipality.

Conflicting Offices and Interests - Problems with the legal incompatibility of offices and conflicts of interest are troublesome subjects which nag municipal officials and public employees throughout their respective terms. This webinar will provide a summary of constitutional and statutory provisions dealing with the compatibility of offices and conflicts of interest together with a collection of related opinions from the Attorney General and the courts.

Police and Planning Jurisdiction - During the 2021 Legislative Session the Alabama Legislature made significant changes to municipal police and planning jurisdictions. This session will outline those changes and make suggestions for how municipalities move forward with police and planning jurisdictions.

Sources of Revenue for Cities and Towns - The principal source of revenue for Alabama cities and towns comes from their statutory grant of authority to tax businesses or trades, occupations, or professions. Other sources of revenue include sales and use taxes, ad valorem taxes, permit fees, licenses, parking meter fees, franchises, state-shared revenues, occupational license taxes, and intergovernmental revenues such as federal grants and loans.

Working with Municipal Boards - Most municipalities in Alabama have created some sort of board, be it a library or park board or a utility board of some sort. There are many types of boards under Alabama Law. This webinar will help municipal officials understand the legal dos and don’ts when creating and working with these various boards.

CMO Credit Hours: This session is approved for four and one half (4.5) credit hours in the Basic, Advanced and Emeritus Programs.  Each session also meets elective core curriculum requirements.  Credit hours are not awarded for duplicate training in the core curriculum.   Only municipal elected officials receive credit hours in the CMO Program.

Earning the professional designation of Certified Municipal Official prepares elected officials to serve their citizens and help create better communities. This designation requires 10 credit hours of required and elective coursework (Core Curriculum) and 30 additional credit hours by attending League events approved for CMO credit hours.  Strengthen Your Core:  Fundamentals of Municipal Government qualifies as four (4) elective core curriculum hours.  Additionally, the League recognizes, commends and awards municipalities where the mayor and all councilmembers are Certified Municipal Officials thereby distinguishing the municipality as a Certified Municipality.  This designation represents the mayor and all councilmembers have completed a minimum of 40 credit hours of formal training on municipal government conducted or endorsed by the Alabama League of Municipalities.

2021 CMO Training Calendar

June – July Regional Training
ALM, Alabaster, Athens, Guntersville, Livingston, Orange Beach

Congressional In-State Luncheons

November 2nd – 3rd
Municipal Leadership Institute / CMO Graduation, Montgomery, AL

NLC City Summit www.nlc.org

Registration is limited. Any municipal official or employee may register for these events, but only elected officials will be awarded credit hours in the Certified Municipal Official Program. *CMO credit hours awarded for in-person attendance.  

CMO Program Webinars

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The Certified Municipal Official Training Program offers LIVE webinar training and ANYTIME training to expand the educational reach to our member municipalities. For mayors and councilmembers, webinar training and successful test completion(score of 70% or better)on material presented earns credit hours in the Core Curriculum, Basic, Advanced or Emeritus programs. Ask questions during the live training or submit questions by email to our legal staff following a live or anytime training. Our in-person League events are valuable, and we’ll always offer them, but online and anytime training will have a place too. We think you will find the addition of webinars a helpful resource to provide training for elected officials and municipal personnel. We hope to “see” you online soon!

How it works:

  • Watch for the online training schedule through ALM’s website, E-newsletter and E-Blasts.
  • Register for a training. Receive webinar credentials and reminders to the email on the event registration. Check spam, junk or clutters folders if emails are not received in the registrant’s inbox.
  • On the day of training, click the link in the email to join the webinar.
  • Following the webinar, receive a link to the recorded training for reference.
  • Registration Fee: $45.00 - Payment required with credit card at time of registration
  • Registration Limit: Limited to 50 registrants. Early registration is recommended!
  • Refunds: Registration fees for webinars are non-refundable.
  • Who should register: Elected Officials and Municipal Personnel.

Questions?  Contact Cindy Price

CMO Program ANYTIME Training

Need to access training that fits your schedule? ANYTIME training is here when you need it. Click HERE to hear and see the same training and Q&A session as the live event then take the test to complete for credit hours in the CMO Program.

Professional Training Programs Available

Auburn University - Government and Economic Development Institute
University of Alabama - Municipal Training
The League has been informed that the following training opportunities are available for municipal officials and employees. Many of these seminars are sponsored by other organizations and you would need to contact them for information about the meeting and registration.
If the League is a sponsor, our telephone number is noted in the information below. Although these conferences are arranged for positions designated, many of them allow other individuals to attend. If you have a question on this, please contact the sponsoring agency.
If you have a conference you would like to add to this list, contact Carrie Banks with the information and include a contact person, address, telephone number and e-mail address if available.