Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How much supporting documentation do I need?
- Copies of certificates/transcripts are not essential for every course or seminar but all need to be listed to be given points. Make sure you indicate the length of your coursework!
- Marked conference agendas are helpful to receive full credit —- most associations/conferences are able to forward copies to members.
2. Why copies of transcripts?
- They provide a complete list from a degree/diploma.
- Also used for verification.
3. How long does it take to be accredited?
- Process timings vary depending on completeness of application when received.
- Policy & Accreditation Committee meets 3-4 times/year to award new designations and updates to members advancing.
- If application arrives a week prior to a meeting and is generally complete, it will go to the meeting (members advised of next meeting upon receipt).
- If received just after a meeting it may take up to 90 days. Special meetings are called, as necessary, to maintain a level of service to members.
4. Who recognizes the CMM designation?
- Recognized by Provincial statute through a Private Member’s Bill.
- Over 1,600 awarded in over 400 local governments, throughout Ontario, all levels of staff and 30 professions.
5. What does membership include?
- A detailed, complete evaluation with a recommendation identifying points or subject areas needed to advance, where appropriate. This framework will provide the member with specific guidance for career development.
- Congratulatory letter for you, your supervisor, and your Head of Local Government (distribution is at member’s discretion).
- Certificate with the number of medallions indicating level of achievement.
- Lapel pin matching level of achievement.
- Member’s only, specially-designed, certificate frame (available for purchase); fully matted and accessible to add medallions or enhancement insignia.
- The ability to update your member profile with additional training or supplemental experience to increase points and advance to the next level of CMM and/or enhancement.
- Receive specific information on seminars and courses available to advance in the program.
- Invitations to prospective conferences/courses or seminars to be “point precedented” to determine impact on member’s standing.
- Re-certify (every 3 years) at no additional fee.
6. How many courses do I have to take?
- It is not a prescribed requirement of courses and seminars.
- It credits all your current education and employment.
- Provides a level of achievement and requirements to advance.
- The CMM is NOT a course; it is a recognition of education and professional experience in local government.
7. What if I haven’t kept track of education (records)?
- Members list and document to the best of their recollection.
- Members will be advised if additional documentation for pointing or verification is required.