The 2013 Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI)
a voluntary certification program—sponsored by the Texas Municipal League and the Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners—open to elected officials from TML member cities
About the Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI)
Service as an elected city official is a rewarding and challenging job—one that will give you a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that you're helping make your city, and this great state, stronger and better. The Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (AMCC) and the Texas Municipal League (TML) encourages elected officials to learn as much as possible about their governance roles and city government in general by offering a variety of educational opportunities. These opportunities provide elected officials a chance to enhance their policy-making and leadership skills.
In an effort to reward commitment to the continual process of learning new skills and abilities, TML and AMCC sponsor the Texas Municipal Leadership Institute (TMLI). The TMLI allows local elected officials the opportunity to be recognized for this commitment. This recognition, for completing a certain number of continuing education units (CEUs) within a calendar year, begins with a certificate of recognition and increases to certified municipal official.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
CEUs can be earned in a number of ways during any calendar year. A calendar year is defined as January 1-December 31. One CEU is awarded for each 50 minutes of training. Please note that there are limits to the number of CEUs that can be earned in individual categories of training.
CEUs can be earned by attending any TML-sponsored event (an educational program or activity in which TML plays a primary role, including program development, onsite logistics, and/or staff participation). Examples of TML-sponsored events are:
- TML Annual Conference and Exhibition
- TML-AMCC Elected Officials' Conference
- TML-AMCC Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
- TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinics
- TML Workshops
- TML Regional Meetings
- TML Committees
- TML Board Service
- TML Affiliate Events
- TML Online Training (up to 24 CEUs per year for recorded sessions)
- TML Webinars
Official TMLI CEU forms will be provided at all TML-sponsored events.
In addition to receiving CEUs for TML events, you can earn CEUs for training offered by other organizations, with no more than 19 CEUs accepted from outside organizations. Examples of these events are:
- Training offered by city-related organizations (councils of governments, National League of Cities events, etc.)
- Online training by outside organizations (up to 6 CEUs per year)
- College courses
- Other professional education
If you wish to receive CEUs for an event sponsored by another organization, you must provide a copy of the program and proof of your attendance.
Note: To be considered for TMLI credit, the training you receive must pertain to municipal leadership and should enhance your service as an elected official. City council meetings, council briefings, and council workshops are not considered training events for the purpose of earning CEUs.
Levels of recognition include:
Certified Municipal Official – An elected official who completes 72 or more CEUs in one calendar year will obtain the designation of certified municipal official. The 72 CEUs must include two hours of open government training (one hour of training on the Open Meetings Act and one hour of training on the Public Information Act). This training is required by the State of Texas, and proof of training must be provided in the manner of a certificate or other documentation.
Certificate of Outstanding Accomplishment – An elected official who completes 72 or more CEUs in one calendar year will obtain a certificate of outstanding accomplishment.
Certificate of Achievement – An elected official who completes 54 or more CEUs in one calendar year will obtain a certificate of achievement.
Certificate of Recognition – An elected official who completes 42 or more CEUs in one calendar year will obtain a certificate of recognition.
Those receiving recognition on a recurring annual basis are eligible for the following award levels:
Award of Excellence – An elected official who receives recognition in one of the above categories for five consecutive years will receive an award of excellence.
Award of Leadership – A city that has had an elected city official receive a TMLI certificate for five consecutive years will receive an award of leadership.
Each recipient will receive recognition in the following ways:
- Your name will be engraved on a plaque displayed in the TML office in Austin.
- Your name will be listed in the final programs for the TML-AMCC Elected Officials' Conference and the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition.
- Your name will be included in a list of TMLI recipients in an issue of the TML magazine, Texas Town & City.
In addition, certified municipal officials will receive a lapel pin and will have the designation of CMO included with their names on materials distributed by TML throughout the year following their completion of the 72 required CEUs.
Recipients will be provided a press release to announce their accomplishment.
Updated List of TML Educational Programs
To see a current list of TMLI educational programs, click on "Calendar," or call TML at 512-231-7400.
CEU Statements Online
To view your current statement, click on "TMLI Current Participants."