How to Enroll

Who should enroll?

The Academy is a voluntary program open to all local officials in Maryland. Newly elected local officials are especially encouraged to participate. Individuals may take individual classes of their choosing or enroll in the certification program. Participants who are enrolled in the certification program are called "Fellows".

Length of Program

Participants who complete a set of core and elective requirements, in either the Municipal or County Track, become “Fellows of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance” and earn a corresponding Academy certificate. The Academy is designed as a two-year program. However, participants may complete sooner.  Participants must complete the program in five years in order to receive the certificate for their participation in the program.

In order to be considered an active Fellow in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  •  Current elected or appointed county or municipal official
  •  Academy fee paid-in-full
  • Completes the course with credit earned within a 5-year window (with a 1-year extension granted for extenuating circumstances, by request and on a case-by case basis, with Academy Council approval)


An elected official completes 2 Core courses and 2 Electives each in 2013, and 2014. The official decides not to run for re-election in 2014 and is out of office for 4 years. He or she wins election in 2018 and wants to resume the Academy program. The Fellow is granted credit for the 2 Cores and 2 Electives taken in 2014, but must retake the Cores and Electives from 2013. He or she must also earn the other missing Core and Elective courses – all to be completed by the end of 2019 (having been granted the 1-year extension). Assuming this can be done, the Fellow resumes his or her status as an active Fellow and would be granted any credit earned in 2018 and 2019, along with graduation honors if the remaining and re-taken courses are completed by the end of 2019.


To receive the Academy Certificate, participants must complete specified core and elective classes in either the municipal or county track.

Municipal Track Information

Fellows in the municipal track complete nine core classes.
(Municipal Track Core Class Descriptions)

  • Basics of Risk Management
  • Conducting Effective Meetings
  • Consensus and Team Building
  • Employment Issues
  • Ethics
  • Municipal Budgeting
  • Open Meetings
  • Public Information Act
  • Structure of Municipal Government

Municipal fellows also complete five elective classes of their choice.

County Track Information

Fellows in the county track complete eight core classes.
(County Track Core Class Descriptions)

  • Basics of Risk Management
  • Conducting Effective Meetings
  • Consensus and Team Building
  • County Financial Management
  • Ethics
  • Employment Issues
  • Open Meetings
  • Public Information Act

County fellows also complete six elective classes of their choice


You can get more detailed information regarding tracks and curriculum here.


Step 1: Download and Print the enrollment form

Step 2: Fill in the enrollment form and prepare the payment

Payment can be submitted in personal check, money order, or credit card payments. Make check or money orders out to: the University of Maryland. Please do not send cash in the mail.

The registration fee is $250. If you are a county elected official, MACo contributes $150 towards that fee. 

Step 3: Mail the completed enrollment form with the payment to the following address:

Aisha Washington, Office of Executive Programs, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

1112R Preinkert Field House (building 054), College Park, MD 20742-1821.

You will receive confirmation by email upon receipt of your form and payment.

Registration Deadline:

You can either enroll prior to taking classes, or within 30 days of taking an approved Academy class.  However, you will receive credit for that class only after both your Class Evaluation and Verification of Attendance form, your Academy enrollment form, and the payment have been received by Aisha Washington at UMD.


If you have any further questions about enrollment and payment, please contact Aisha Washington at or call (301)314-2641.