Local Government Training

photo of International Institute of Municipal Clerks' approved institute sealMunicipal Clerks Certificate Training Program

The office of Municipal Clerk, sometimes referred to by the title of City Secretary or Town Administrator, is at the very hub of local governance. Municipal clerks are the historians of their communities, responsible for the recorded history of each local political entity and its people. They serve the mayor, council, and city manager (if there is one) and on a daily basis provide the citizens with a direct link to their government. The development and enhancement of municipal clerks’ professional skills is therefore critically important to the effective and efficient functioning of local governmental processes.

In support of the key role that is played by the municipal clerk, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks recognizes 46 state, provincial, or regional education centers in the United States and Canada that provide programs of instruction that qualify individuals for the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC). The University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration conducts an annual series of municipal clerks training sessions, which enrolls municipal and county staff from throughout the state of Delaware, and the tidewater region of Maryland. Participation in this training over a three-year cycle satisfies the educational requirements for the CMC designation.

2018 Program Information

The Municipal Clerks Certificate Training Program is a 40-hour program consisting of six Friday sessions on March 9, 16, 23, and April 6, 13, 20, 2018. Each session lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

View the program flyer.

Course Topics

  • Leadership, Organization and Management*
  • Municipal Transportation Challenges
  • Election Management and Administration
  • Stress Management*
  • Perfecting Your Public Speaking Skills*
  • Planning Your Community's Future
  • Collaborating with Police Jurisdictions*
  • Current Legal Issues Impacting Municipalities*
  • Media Relations*
  • Strengthening Your Digital Footprint*
  • Knowledge Management*
  • Grant Writing
  • Harassment in the Workplace*
  • Accounting and Budgeting for Municipalities*
  • Auditing Management*
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Homeland Security and Your Town*

*If you are interested in registering for one of these courses to earn MMC certification credits, contact Fran Fletcher at franf@udel.edu. The list of master's level courses, dates, and descriptions is available here.


Kent County Levy Court Building, Room 221
555 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

Registration Fee

$475, which includes Graduation Luncheon and morning and afternoon snacks
Scholarships Information available

Register now!

For more information, contact Fran Fletcher (302-831-0450).