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Local Government Education

Municipal Clerks Institute Curriculum

Year 1

Required

  • Election Process I, II/ Fundamentals of Elections
  • Ordinances, Resolutions & Policies: What are the Differences?
  • Effective Public Speaking
  • Parliamentary Procedures & Minute Taking
  • Public Records & Open Meetings Law
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Clerk vs Clerk: Battle for the Knowledge
  • Technology in the Clerk's Office
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Mock Elections
  • Forms & Procedures in the Clerk's Office

 

Year 2

Required

  • Records Management
  • Developing a Budget
  • Parliamentary Procedure & Minute Taking
  • Tax Roll Preparation
  • Tax Collection & Settlement
  • Professional Writing
  • Public & Media Relations

Choices

  • TIF
  • Retirement, Ready or Not: Surviving Your Own Financial Decisions
  • SVRS Election Data (Only for clerks/treasurers who perform elections)
  • Tying Social Media Together in Marketing Your Municipality
  • Communicating Your Fiscal Position to Your Board
  • You've Had a Disaster: What you Need to Know About Federal & State Assistance
  • Practical & Easy Technology that will Save you Time
  • Beyond Board of Review: Assessments, Claims & Appeals
  • Capital Budgeting (Advanced course)
  • Town Topics
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Cyber Security

Optional

  • Elections Unplugged (Recommended only for those who perform elections)

 

Year 3

Required

  • Basic Employment Law
  • Fraud
  • Clerk’s Role in Emergency Management
  • Liability of Local Governments & Officials
  • Ethics & Conflicts of Interest
  • Working with Boards, Commissions & Councils
  • Time Management:  Relieving Your Stress
  • Strategies to Improve Personal Life & Work Productivity
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Agreements

Choices

  • Town Topics
  • Electronic Records Management
  • TIF
  • SVRS Election Data (Only for clerks/treasurers who perform elections)
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Improve Office Efficiency by Maximizing Computer Capacity
  • Website Design
  • Gain Time & Efficiency through Spread Sheets (Advanced course)
  • Retirement, Ready or Not: Surviving Your Own Financial Decisions
  • Electronic Newsletters
  • Tying Social Media Together in Marketing Your Municipality
  • Communicating Your Fiscal Position to Your Board
  • You've Had a Disaster: What you Need to Know About Federal & State Assistance
  • Practical & Easy Technology that will Save you Time
  • Beyond Board of Review: Assessments, Claims & Appeals
  • Cyber Security
  • Capital Budgeting (Advanced course)

Optional

  • Elections Unplugged (Recommended only for those who perform elections)

 

Clerks Completion

Required

  • Election Process I, II/ Fundamentals of Elections
  • Ordinances, Resolutions & Policies: What's the Difference?
  • Parliamentary Procedure & Minute Taking
  • Public Records & Open Meetings Law
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Adventures in Leadership
  • Clerk vs Clerk:  Battle for the Knowledge
  • Technology in the Clerk's Office
  • Mock Elections

Choices

  • You've Had a Disaster: What you Need to Know About Federal & State Assistance
  • Practical & Easy Technology that will Save you Time
  • Beyond the Board of Review: Assessments, Claims & Appeals
  • Cyber Security

Optional

  • Elections Unplugged (Recommended only for those who perform elections)

 

Municipal Treasurers Institute Curriculum

Year 1

Required

  • Intro to Government Financial Statements
  • Government Accounting Essentials
  • Government Accounting for Towns I, II
  • How to Prepare for an Audit
  • Developing a Budget
  • Tax Roll Preparation
  • Tax Collection & Settlement
  • Duties & Responsibilities of the Treasurer
  • Levy Limits
  • Banking in Today's Municipal Environment
  • Making Presentations More Effective with Less Stress

Choices

  • You've Had a Disaster: What you Need to Know About Federal & State Assistance
  • Practical & Easy Technology that will Save you Time
  • Cyber Security

Optional

  • Elections Unplugged (Recommended only for those who perform elections)

 

Year 2

Required

  • Records Management
  • Borrowing & Debt Management
  • Bill It: Will They Pay? Strategies for Maximizing Revenues & Collections
  • 5-Year Financial Management Techniques, Planning, & Benchmarking
  • State Sale Tax Requirements
  • Professional Writing
  • Public & Media Relations
  • Colors
  • Levy Limits
  • Banking in Today's Municipal Environment

Choices

  • TIF
  • Retirement, Ready or Not: Surviving Your Own Financial Decisions
  • SVRS Election Data (Only for clerks/treasurers who perform elections)
  • Tying Social Media Together in Marketing Your Municipality
  • Communicating Your Fiscal Position to Your Board
  • You've Had a Disaster: What you Need to Know About Federal & State Assistance
  • Practical & Easy Technology that will Save you Time
  • Beyond Board of Review: Assessments, Claims & Appeals
  • Capital Budgeting (Advanced course)
  • Town Topics
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Cyber Security

Optional

  • Elections Unplugged (Recommended only for those who perform elections)

 

Year 3

Required

  • Basic Employment Law
  • Fraud
  • Working with Boards, Commissions, and Councils
  • Ethics and Conflicts of Interests
  • Liability of Local Governments and Officials
  • Treasurer’s Role in Emergency Management
  • Time Management: Relieving Your Stress
  • Strategies to Improve Personal Life and Work Productivity
  • Cash Flow Management

Choices

  • Town Topics
  • Electronic Records Management
  • TIF
  • SVRS Election Data (Only for clerks/treasurers who perform elections)
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Improve Office Efficiency by Maximizing Computer Capacity
  • Website Design
  • Gain Time & Efficiency through Spread Sheets (Advanced course)
  • Retirement, Ready or Not: Surviving Your Own Financial Decisions
  • Electronic Newsletters
  • Tying Social Media Together in Marketing Your Municipality
  • Communicating Your Fiscal Position to Your Board
  • You've Had a Disaster: What you Need to Know About Federal & State Assistance
  • Practical & Easy Technology that will Save you Time
  • Beyond Board of Review: Assessments, Claims & Appeals
  • Cyber Security
  • Capital Budgeting (Advanced course)

Optional

  • Elections Unplugged (Recommended only for those who perform elections)

 

Treasurers Completion

Required

  • Intro to Government Financial Statements
  • Government Accounting Essentials
  • Government Accounting for Towns I, II
  • Bill It: Will They Pay? Strategies for Maximizing Revenues & Collection
  • State Sales Tax Requirements
  • Borrowing & Debt Management
  • 5-Year Financial Management Techniques, Planning & Benchmarking
  • Adventures in Leadership
  • Colors

Choices

  • Town Topics
  • Electronic Records Management
  • TIF
  • SVRS Election Data (Only for clerks/treasurers who perform elections)
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Improve Office Efficiency by Maximizing Computer Capacity
  • Website Design
  • Gain Time & Efficiency through Spread Sheets (Advanced course)
  • Retirement, Ready or Not: Surviving Your Own Financial Decisions
  • Electronic Newsletters
  • Tying Social Media Together in Marketing Your Municipality
  • Communicating Your Fiscal Position to Your Board
  • You've Had a Disaster: What you Need to Know About Federal & State Assistance
  • Practical & Easy Technology that will Save you Time
  • Beyond Board of Review: Assessments, Claims & Appeals
  • Cyber Security
  • Capital Budgeting (Advanced course)
  • Levy Limits
  • Banking in Today's Municipal Environment
  • How to Prepare for an Audit

Optional

  • Elections Unplugged (Recommended only for those who perform elections)