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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.


Invest in Your Future—Attend the 2022 Northwest Clerks Institute

Message from Joann Tilton, NWCI Director  

It is with great excitement that I announce the return of the NCI PD to an in-person format! So much has happened since we were last together at the University of Puget Sound. I look forward to seeing you again and learning about the experiences that have shaped and shifted your life since 2020.

The need to sharpen professional skills and stay abreast of the latest issues and trends is at an all-time high. The best way to do just that is by investing in continuing education and obtaining certification as a CMC and MMC. The Northwest Clerks Institute provides a comprehensive curriculum in public administration management, technical skills and professional/personal development, and much more. The Institute experience 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 program focuses on issues critical to increasing effectiveness in the public sector and the professional Clerk’s role in those processes. The professional friendships you will develop at the Northwest Clerks Institute will prove invaluable over the course of your career.

Decide to make a difference in your organization, career and future. Join us at the Northwest Clerks Institute. 

University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St. #1093
Tacoma, WA 98416

Professional Development I: June 5-10, 2022
Professional Development II: June 12-17, 2022
Professional Development III: June 19-24, 2022
Professional Development IV: June 13-16, 2022

Registration opens December 3, 2021, at https://www.nwclerks.org/m7k0w1

Registration for PD I, II, III and/or IV includes all course materials.
Professional Development I: $725        Professional Development II: $725
Professional Development III: $725     Professional Development IV: $625

  • University Housing and Meal Package for PD 1-3 (includes opening reception, 3 dinners, 5 breakfasts, and 5 lunches) $625
  • Commuter Meal Package PD1-3 (Mandatory if you are not staying on campus.  Includes opening reception, 5 lunches, and 1 dinner) $300
  • University Housing and Meal Package for PD 4 (includes opening reception, 1 dinner, 2 lunches, and 3 breakfasts) $450
  • Commuter Meal Package PD4 (Mandatory if you are not staying on campus.  Includes opening reception, 1 dinner, and 2 lunches) $250
  • Extra Housing (the day before or the closing day of institute - no meals included) $65Box Lunch on Sunday (PD 1-3 only) $15


For questions regarding the institute, certification and courses, please contact Joann Tilton - Institute Director via email nwcidirector@gmail.com or at 209-456-7855.


OAMR and IIMC both offer scholarships to help offset the costs of attending the NW Clerks Institute.  More information can be found at https://www.oamr.org/scholarships and https://www.iimc.com/140/Scholarship-Grant-Information  


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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