Registration Opens for the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Municipal Professionals Academy 2024 Sessions

April 30, 2024, 9:34 am | Esther Crompton, Sara Shonrock

Educational session for municipal professionals.AMES, Iowa – Iowa clerks and finance officers can advance their professional skills and network with peers at the upcoming Municipal Professionals Institute and Municipal Professionals Academy. These events offer professional development and certification opportunities and are scheduled for June in Ames. Registration is now open, with each session tailored to accommodate various stages of career development among municipal professionals.

Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute 2024 Session (June 24-27)

The Institute is tailored for municipal clerks, finance officers and other municipal professionals seeking initial certification. This session provides foundational training for tackling today’s governance challenges, according to Sara Shonrock, community development specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Emphasizing the session's goal, Shonrock said, “Our mission is to equip municipal professionals with the necessary tools to navigate the complexities of contemporary governance effectively.”

Key courses will include administrative law, ethics, risk management and communication skills.

The Institute’s courses can count toward certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association. Shonrock highlighted the profound benefits of such certifications on municipal professionals' careers, noting that they frequently lead to salary increases and advancements in job titles.

Iowa clerks and finance officers interested in seeking certification and their careers are encouraged to register for the Institute.

Municipal Professionals Academy 2024 Session (June 19-21)

The Academy is designed for those who have already completed the Institute and are looking to earn credits toward recertification. The Academy offers advanced courses that build upon previous training, focusing on new laws, programs and technologies affecting municipal governance.

“Participants will have opportunities to deepen their knowledge and stay current with the evolving demands of their roles,” stated Shonrock.

The Academy’s courses are also endorsed by IIMC and IMFOA, offering pathways for ongoing professional development and recertification credits. Shonrock noted, "The Academy prepares municipal professionals to navigate the complexities of new regulations and technological advancements and to understand their impact.”

Municipal professionals seeking recertification and professional development are encouraged to register for the Academy.

Whether seeking initial certification or needing to maintain and expand upon existing credentials, these sessions offer valuable opportunities for municipal professionals to enhance their skills and professional networks.

Both events are hosted by the Community and Economic Development unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. For more information, contact Sara Shonrock at or Esther Crompton, communication specialist, at

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