Credentialed Government Leader (CGL)


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 coaching, 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 coach that will assist you in developing an professional development 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 Coach

The CGL program using the ICMA Coach Connect platform at  The list of coaches is still growing and the CGL Committee is working to recruit additional coaches. In the meantime, if you are able to find your own coach please let us know at Coaches typically are department heads, Assistant/Deputy City Managers, Deputy General Managers, City Managers, or General Managers.  

Once you chose your coach, 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 coachee at this time. That’s OK – there are lots of options and you can just ask another person to be your coach. You can also request to work with a coach that’s not registered through ICMA– just let us know by emailing

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 two weeks 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 Justin Lovell at

Still have questions?

Check out our FAQs.


Course Proposal Form
CGL Tracking & Completion Form

MMANC Representatives to the CGL Committee
Justin Lovell, West County Wastewater District

Be a Coach

MMANC and MMASC are looking for coaches to work with the CGL participants. Please fill out this form.