Program Coursework

courseworkThere are five (5) core skill areas that need to be satisfied in order to become a CGL. They are as follows:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Effective Communication: Written and Verbal
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Interpersonal Relationships with Elected/Appointed Leadership
  • Project Management

In addition to the core skill areas, candidates shall complete three (3) electives from the following list. Candidates shall work with their mentor to identify three elective areas to broaden the candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities. For example, a candidate that works regularly with Economic Development should seek elective coursework in other categories.

  • Creating a Culture of Success
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Public Information, Media Relations and Mass Communications
  • Civic Engagement
  • Legislative Program Management
  • Innovation in Local Government
  • Public Infrastructure Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Recreation Program Management
  • Negotiating
  • Labor Relations
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Performance Measurement
  • Economic Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Managing Financial Resources
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Ethics and Integrity in the Workplace
  • Risk Management and Liability
  • Technology in Local Government
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (NEW!)

Subject Matter Expert Course- Candidates may propose one elective course in a single subject area not listed above. The CGL Committee will determine whether the proposed course and subject area meets the intent of the program.

All coursework offered by an entity outside of MMANC must be pre-approved by the CGL oversight committee. Job exchanges or like experience for one month or more shall qualify as one elective. Submit a proposed course to the CGL Committee for approval.

Program Schedule

The CGL program is largely completed at a pace determined by the applicant and their mentor.  The applicant will have three (3) years to complete the credentialing requirements.