Professional Development

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.

2020 Professional Development Cancellation 

Due to the health and safety concerns currently facing the country, the difficult decision has been made to cancel all sessions of Northwest Clerks Institute 2020.  Refunds will be processed within the next week. There is no need to contact us regarding your refund.

This decision did not come easy as we know how important this training is to our colleagues in the field but your health and safety are our priority.

For those who have paid, a full refund will be processed. There is no need to contact us to process your refund. Credit card payments will automatically go back on the card used and check refunds will be issued back to the organization who paid. If there are any issues, we will reach out to you directly.

We value each and every one of you who take the time out to attend our institute and can’t wait to be back together again in 2021. The 2021 dates for each PD are as follows: PD1 June 6-11; PD2 June 13-18; PD3 June 20-25; PD4 June 14-17.

With questions please contact:

Joann Tilton

Northwest Clerks Institute
(209) 456-7855

We hope to see you in 2021!

Northwest Clerks Institute (NCI)

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.
We have great speakers and topics lined up this year; click on the links below to learn more about each session.  The 2020 dates for the Northwest Clerks Institute are:
Professional Development I        May 31 - June 5, 2020
Professional Development II      June 7-12, 2020
Professional Development III     June 14-19, 2020
Professional Development IV     June 8-11, 2020
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 (

Learn more about the Northwest Clerks Institute


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.

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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