Municipal Financial Management Certification

The public demand for excellence in the management of public resources has never been stronger. The growing challenge of providing high levels of service at low costs requires a keen understanding of complex financial mechanisms, management and leadership theories and practices, and the ability of government to work with private and nonprofit sectors. It’s time to equip emerging leaders with the knowledge and expertise needed to readily navigate and excel through the nuances that are local government finance!

About the Program

The Municipal Financial Management Certification Program is designed to provide students with a blend of strategy, leadership and financial tools.

Topics during the program include: Accounting Principles and Revenue Streams, Budget Administration with a Strategic Mindset, Financing Options for Municipal Entities, Investment Strategies and Effective Communication, and Collaboration and Leadership in Local Government.

In a hybrid (combination of online and face-to-face) instruction format, a cohort of 12-15 students are taken through four intensive-style courses, and a final capstone.

Saddleback College is offering this certification program and is Co-Sponsored by MuniServices and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF), with the invaluable support of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC).


Students not only acquire tangible credentials (certification), but a new set of municipal finance skills and leadership tools to leverage throughout their career. Students will be encouraged to incorporate current work assignments or challenges into their coursework in ways that will benefit their organization.

Who is the Program For?

The program is designed for high-potential staff, analysts, or managers currently working within local government, and who are motivated to develop their financial skills for their organization. A foundation in financial knowledge is required, and a Bachelors degree or higher is preferred.

How Do I Apply?

To apply for this program, please visit The deadline to submit an application is September 1, 2016.

For more general information, please contact Kevin Kearney at

When Does the Program Start?

The first cohort will begin Fall 2016