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APMM | Professional Development Program

APMM developed the Professional Development Program in an effort to meet the professional development needs of municipal managers and local government officials.

Professional Development Program (PDP)

In an effort to meet the professional development needs of municipal managers and local government officials, APMM has developed the Professional Development Program (PDP).  The program is made possible by the administrative and financial commitments of the Pennsylvania Municipal League and the Governor's Center for Local Government Services, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community & Economic Development.

The Professional Development Program is open to APMM members only for a one-time $30 fee. Credit forms are distributed at every event and credits are tracked from completed forms that are turned in. For every 20 credits a member receives a certificate, presented at the Annual Conference in May.

The PDP offers a coherent series of professional development experiences designed for the professional in municipal management on cutting-edge topics and local government issues.  The program structure reflects the results of a survey conducted through Penn State University along with reviews from past programs and numerous suggestions made by APMM members.  Hence, it is a program developed by, as well as for, professional municipal managers.

The program is designed to be flexible enough to fit a busy manager's schedule while meeting a wide variety of existing professional development needs.  Continual feedback is sought in order to refine the PDP to further meet your individual needs as well as the needs of member needs across the state.

Today’s fast-paced environment demands constant education on the issues involving your community, region, state, and country.  APMM’s Professional Development Committee is com­mitted to providing valuable training opportunities to meet your professional needs. 

Areas of Proficiency

Nine (9) areas of proficiency, divided into basic and specialized components, have been identified by the PDC as the areas in local government that have significant importance to PDP participants. The mix of subjects taken in the specialized areas will be self-tailored to meet the individual interests or needs of the participants.


Basic Subject Areas

  • Dimensions of Local Government Managerial Effectiveness
  • Ethics
  • Financial-Planning and Budgeting
  • Local Government Decision-making
  • Management of Human Resources in Local Government
  • Municipal Service Delivery
  • Personal Development/Effectiveness

Special Subject Areas

  • Communications and Information Management in Local Government
  • Emerging Issues in Municipal Management
  • Accumulation of Units
  • Units will be assigned to each professional development training program sponsored or co-sponsored by APMM. Units will be accumulated at the rate of one (1) unit per two (2) hours of participation; thus 3 hours of training equals 1.5 units towards program completion.
  • Recognition of Training Units Accrued
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