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Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) Program
Program Details & Designation Benefits
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Ashley DiBlasi
Assistant Director of Professional Development

Kellie Siggson
Education Associate

8331 Utica Ave.
Suite 200
Rancho Cucamonga, CA  91730

Ph: (909) 944-4162
Fax: (909) 944-8545

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Certified Municipal Clerk program is designed to enhance the job performance of the Clerk in small and large municipalities. To earn the CMC designation, a Municipal Clerk must attend extensive education programs. The CMC designation also requires pertinent experience in a municipality. The CMC program prepares the applicants to meet the challenges of the complex role of the Municipal Clerk by providing them with quality education in partnership with institutions of higher learning, as well as State / Provincial / National Associations. The CMC program has been assisting clerks to excel since 1970.

Designation Requirements

The following are the requirements for obtaining the CMC designation:
  1. Be a Full, Additional Full or Retired member of IIMC. If you are currently an Associate Member, you are encouraged to contact the Education Department to discuss your options. 

       2.  IIMC will only be able to certify you after you have been an active member for  two years.  Members are encouraged to enroll in the certification program and begin  submitting for points even if this membership requirement has not been fulfilled.
        3. Affirm and practice the IIMC Code of Ethics - This takes place when you complete your  applications

        4. Follow the CMC Step By Step Guide to begin the application process.   This process will outline the two application forms that are required for certification. 
         5. Attain 60 points in the Education category - Be sure to check out your local Institute program. Institutes are the most efficient way to earn our Education points. 

         6. Attain 50 points in the Experience category - Don't forget your Letters of Employment Verification! A letter for your current position is required!

All points shall be earned according to the provisions of the IIMC Education Guidelines.

For additional ways to earn your points, check out the following opportunities:

Education Corner Videos

Be sure to check out the "Education Corner" in the Media Section of the website. These are quick video clips that answer questions regarding the certification process including the following hot topics:
  • Facebook Live - All Things CMC - October 2, 2017
  • CMC Program Overview
  • Two Year Membership Requirement Explained!


Need assistance paying for your Institute Program?

The IIMC Foundation will reimburse you for the cost of your Institute or Academy attendance up to $400. CMC recipients are awarded $400 and MMC recipients are awarded $400 scholarships. Please visit the Scholarship and Grant page of the website for more information including criteria and applications. 

Don't know where to find your local Institute? Click here!

The IIMC Foundation also created an Online Learning Scholarship to assist with the costs of online learning programs. Visit this page for more information. 


Recertification/CMC Replacement Certificates

The CMC Recertification Program was eliminated in 2010. Continuing education beyond the CMC may be applied toward the MMC designation. Please review the 
MMC program page for more details on the MMC designation.

If you are a member that  currently has a CMC certificate that contains an expiration date, a new certificate may be requested by completing the 
CMC Replacement Request Form. Continued membership is the only maintenance requirement for both IIMC designations. 


CMC Certification Fees

The total cost of the CMC certification is $125.00. Upon completion of all requirements, applicants will receive a certificate and a lapel pin.

Applicants have the option to purchase a walnut plaque in addition to the certificate and lapel pin for an additional $40. In this case the total cost paid by the applicant for the certification  is $165.00. 

IIMC requires a non-refundable deposit of $50 to complete enrollment in the CMC program. This $50 deposit will be applied to the total cost of your certification. The remaining balance paid anytime between enrollment and completion of the point requirements.

All fees may be paid in full up front if the applicants wishes.
The following forms are available to assist you with your payments:
  • Application for Admission - Please complete this form if you will be paying your initial admission fee online with a credit card. 
  • Application for Admission- Please complete and mail this form along with payment if you will be paying your initial admission fee by check, or would like to mail your payment information in.
  • Education Payment Form  -Please complete this form if you will be making your final payment using a credit card.
  • Education Payment Form -Please complete this form and submit it to IIMC Headquarters if you will be submitting a check for your final payment.

NEW! IIMC Members now have the opportunity to give back to the IIMC Foundation by making a voluntary contribution when you pay your certification fees. The Foundation is to thank for the thousands of dollars in scholarship and grant money available to IIMC members on an annual basis. 


Worldwide Certification Numbers
Curious how many CMCs there are worldwide? How about how many are in your state? The Education Department runs a report at the end of each month that gives you that information. 

Find the June of 2019 Report Here!


Most Frequently Used Documents

The most frequently used CMC documents all in one place for your convenience!

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