Credentialed Government Leader Certification, or CGL, is a joint venture between MMANC, MMASC and ICMA. CGL provides foundational tools, experiences and connections designed to develop participants’ knowledge, self-awareness and skill set. The program is designed to build the management and leadership skills of analysts, mid-managers and other members who have at least three years experience in a government organization and prepare them, through coursework and mentorship, to become government leaders. MMANC and MMASC members applying for the credentialing program will gain an unbiased assessment of their current skills, knowledge and interests through an assessment survey.
In addition to coursework, each participant will select a mentor from the Cal-ICMA Coaching Program that will assist you in developing an education plan.
You can submit your application online.
The cost to join CGL is $75 plus the cost of your courses.
Upon applying to the program, candidates will take an assessment to provide base-level information about current skills, knowledge and interests. This will help guide the candidate’s customized credential program.
The credential requires completion of eight (8) pre-approved training opportunities – five core areas and at least three electives that you select with your mentor based on your career goals.
Core classes include: Organizational Leadership, Effective Communication: Written and Verbal, Creative and Critical Thinking, Interpersonal Relationships with Elected/Appointed Leadership and Project Management. Elective courses range in topics from Managing Human Resources to Economic Development.
For a full list of courses, please visit our Program Coursework page.
You should track your courses as you go with the CGL Tracking & Completion Form. A short (250 word) write-up is required for each course you take and we recommend that you complete your short write-up for the course as you go.
Finding a Mentor
MMANC and MMASC partner with the ICMA Coaching Program to give you access to seasoned government leaders, many who are sitting City Managers, who are ready to be your coach as you complete CGL and often beyond.
You’ll start here at the ICMA website’s CoachConnect. You can search by gender and location to find someone who fits your specific needs. Want someone who has experience in Public Works? Feel more comfortable with a female coach? Looking for someone in a town you’d like to work in some day?
Once you chose your mentor, you can reach out and request their help. Remember that these are busy folks – many are City Managers – and they make time to get back to you or not have time to take on a new mentee at this time. That’s OK – there are lots of options and you can just ask another person to be your mentor. You can also request to work with a mentor that’s not registered through ICMA– just let us know by emailing the Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitting A Proposed Course
If you are already heading to a training or conference, proposing a course for CGL credit is easy: just complete this Course Proposal and the CGL Committee will review and let you know if your course is CGL-approved.
It may take up to a week to hear back if your course was approved and sometimes the Committee will offer ½ credit. Things like the length of the proposed course, the course instructor and their qualifications and the topic will be considered.
Who to Contact:
If you have a program or course questions, please contact MMANC’s Program Director.
If you have an administrative question, please contact Joyce Johnson of Peckham & McKenney at email@example.com.
For questions about your course proposal or course completion, please contact Molly Rattigan at Molly.Rattigan@countyofnapa.org.
Still have questions?
Check out our FAQs.
MMANC Representatives to the CGL Committee
Jessica Deakyne, City of Novato