International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC)

logo of International Institute of Municipal Clerks Founded in 1947, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks is the leading professional association serving the needs of Municipal Clerks, Secretaries, Treasurers and Recorders and other allied associations form cities and towns worldwide.

IIMC's primary goal is to actively promote the continuing education and professional development of Municipal Clerks through extensive education programs, certification, publications, networking, annual conferences and research.  As an educational catalyst, IIMC inspires clerks to expand and advance beyond their present levels of development.

IIMC also engages in municipal research administration, enhances critical professional skill development and fosters a spirit of mutual assistance and good fellowship among Municipal Clerks around the globe.

Its 10,000 plus members represent municipalities of 250 to more than 10 million people in North America and 15 other countries.

There are two certificate programs that a Town Clerk can endeavor to achieve through the International Institution of Municipal Clerks. Designations received on completion are the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) and Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Titles.

It is the intent of such programs to promote the continued education of Municipal Clerks to enable clerks to better serve their boards and communities. Technology and rapid social change continually impact local government operations, requiring informed and professional public managers. Programs such as the above help Municipal Clerks understand change, learn skills required in the information age, and perform as competent professionals. In some jurisdictions, designations have become a prerequisite for employment.

The Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation given by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Association is granted only after 3 years of specialized schooling and extensive experience. This recognition does not come lightly and is highly respected within the industry.

Core curriculum requirements are as follows

Public Administration and Organization (50%)

  • Government
  • Leadership, Organization and Management
  • Public Organizations
  • Meeting Administration
  • The Municipal Clerk Profession
  • Revenue and Fiscal Management
  • Budgeting and Accounting
  • General Law
  • Technology in the Clerk's Office
  • Records Management
  • Agendas and Minutes
  • Research Skills

Social and Interpersonal Issues (30%)

  • Personal and Group Behavior
  • General Communication
  • Ethics and Values

Electives (20%)

  • Election Administration
  • Other

As modern day Municipal Clerks, the responsibilities are endless. Jurisdiction falls under numerous areas as the Town Clerk is the official filing officer, custodian of all Town records, Clerk of the Town Board, licensing issuing officer of the Town, is involved with fiscal affairs and has many Election duties. In the ever changing climate of Town Government, with its sphere of influence always increasing, constant education and updating is needed on the part of the Municipal Clerk in order to fully service the everyday needs of a Town's constituents.