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Professional Development (PD)

Hello and welcome to the Professional Development Page!  The information on this page is intended to assist you with your professional growth and development.  Not sure where to start?  Just ask!  The Professional Growth and Leadership Development Committee is here to help, just email Committee Chair Karin Johnson, MMC.


Northwest Clerks Institute’s Virtual Professional Development Series

In these extraordinary times we find ourselves in, we’ve had to find ways to manage the challenges related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Having to cancel the Northwest Clerks Institute Professional Development Program in June was an incredibly difficult decision. Yet, it was the responsible thing to do to protect and support the participants, speakers, facility workers and all of their families and communities.

As your Institute Director, I know how much you value educational and professional development. With that, I am happy to announce a special one-time virtual offering of the NCI Professional Development Series to fill the educational void left by our Program’s cancellation in June. These sessions will be in the interactive format you come to expect from the NCI-PD.

Register now and mark your calendars. Join me for the Northwest Clerks Institute’s Virtual Professional Development Series. We are offering eight (8) different sessions; two (2) sessions at the PD1 level; two (2) courses at the PD3 and PD4 level (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis); and, four (4) courses open to all levels (PD1/2/3/4). You can register for one or all of the appropriate level courses, the choice is yours. Each course is $100.  Each session is four-hours in total, broken up into two consecutive days and is approved by IIMC for two (2) CMC/MMC points. You will receive a certificate of completion for each session upon the successful completion of a learning assessment. Head to https://www.nwclerks.org/VirtualPD2020 and click on the Register Now button. Space will be limited and will be secured on a first registered-first paid basis.

Registration Now Open!

 1 10/19 & 10/20 M-TU 10AM - Noon Jurassic Parliament - Robert's Rules & Meeting Minutes (PD1)
 2 10/26 & 10/27 M-TU 10AM - Noon Effective Business Writing & Writing Minutes & Meeting Notes (PD1)
 3 11/16 & 11/17 M-TU 2 - 4PM  Leading in a Disruptive World (PD 1/2/3/4) 
 4 12/01 & 12/02  TU-W  2 - 4PM  Leading with Emotional & Collective Intelligence (PD 1/2/3/4) 
 5 12/09 & 12/10 W-TH 2 - 4PM  Budgeting in Uncertain Times: Developing a Lean & Agile Budget (PD 3/4- exceptions may be made) 
 6 12/15 & 12/16 TU-W 2 - 4PM Building and Maintaining Trust: A Necessary Leadership Skill (PD 1/2/3/4)
 7 01/12 & 01/13 TU-W 2 - 4PM   Talent Development & Coaching (PD 3/4 - exceptions may be made)
 8 01/27 & 01/28 W-TH 2 - 4PM   Supporting Out Elected Officials in Times of Calm and Crisis (PD 1/2/3/4)

With questions please contact:

Joann Tilton, Director 


Northwest Clerks Institute

(209) 456-7855

The Northwest Clerks Institute (NCI) is a unique combination of state-of-the-art classroom training, high impact networking, and one-on-one mentoring with municipal leaders and instructors. The Institute provides a comprehensive curriculum in public administration management, technical skills and professional and personal development for municipal clerks in the states of Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. 
If you just read that paragraph and said “Huh?” then try this description…
The Northwest Clerks Institute is an opportunity for you to spend one week with fellow municipal clerks from cities, counties, boroughs, districts, and transit authorities all over WA, OR and AK, learning, networking and making lifelong friends.
The program begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday with an Institute orientation, a learning session and time to get acquainted with other Institute participants and leaders. An opening reception will be held on Sunday evening.   Monday-Friday you will be in a classroom learning about various topics from local municipal leaders and instructors.  There will be leadership development classes to help you manage more effectively and practical, hands-on courses in target areas such as financial management, records management, legal issues, and other topics critical to your success. The days are jam-packed with learning, networking and of course, some fun in the evenings! The Institute ends at noon on Friday.
The 2021 dates for the Northwest Clerks Institute are:
Professional Development I     June 6 - June 11, 2021
Professional Development II   June 13-18, 2021
Professional Development III  June 20-25, 2021
Professional Development IV  June 14-17, 2021
The Institute is held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.  Attendees are strongly encouraged to stay on-campus during the week; those who do make new connections and renew old ones, creating a strong professional support system.

Even if you already have your MMC designation, you should strongly consider signing up for PDIV this summer. PDIV is a unique experience allowing you to focus on a topic for 3 days with your peers in an open and honest setting.

Questions?  Contact NCI Director Joann Tilton ( mailto: NWCIDirector@gmail.com


Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) Program

OAMR and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) are proud to be part of the CMC program which recognizes those individuals who have made the commitment to continuing education. University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, offers Professional Development (PD) courses approved by IIMC. These cover the curriculum areas, which, upon completion, fulfill the educational requirements to attain the CMC designation. The CMC certification is recognized worldwide and signifies excellence in continuing professional education, assuring that members are in the forefront of their profession.

 Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Program

The MMC program targets those recorders who have received their CMC certification and wish to continue learning new, innovative skills designed for professional education.

Tips for Tracking your Certification Points

Here are a few simple tips for keeping track of your points for your MMC levels.  

1.  Use a tracking form.  Your Professional Growth & Development Committee has created a form that can help you keep track of your Education and Professional/Social points, and it can be obtained from the website.  Each column corresponds to the categories on the IIMC MMC application.  The file was created in Excel, so the columns will automatically keep a running total for you. 

2.  Save the tracking form to your computer desktop, so you will see it every day.  When you first begin using the form, enter all the things you plan to do in the next year, and then italicize the font (or color the font, or whatever works for you).  This way, it will be a reminder for you to: A) actually do it; and B) remember to get the documentation for it.  Once you have completed the training, return the font to regular on your tracking form.

 3.  Keep a file folder labeled ‘MMC’ where you keep your hot files.  After filling out a registration for training, put a copy in there.  If you receive a certificate afterwards, put it in as soon as you get back.  Don’t worry about organizing the file until you see your spreadsheet getting you close enough to turn in your points.  Then, just do it all at once.

Remember:  you will need a minimum of 15 points in Education; and 5 in Professional/Social; and another 5 points in any combination of the 2.  (You must have 60 Advanced Education Points and 40 Professional Contribution Points to achieve the MMC Designation)

If you have any questions about what qualifies for use in your points, please feel free to contact any member of the Professional Growth & Development Committee.You may also contact IIMC at (800) 251-1639 for assistance. 

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