The Center for Government Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, designed this series of core courses to train municipal clerks and related personnel in the duties and responsibilities of their office. Other municipal officials are invited to enroll in the courses, provided that space is available and the prerequisites are satisfied. Experienced members of the field, many of whom are serving or have served in executive positions of the Municipal Clerks' Association of New Jersey, comprise the instructional staff
Courses are scheduled in both the fall and spring semesters at varied locations throughout the state. Times and locations are announced in advance of each semester.
Study Guide Information:
The Third Edition of the New Jersey Municipal Clerks Study Guide (2010) and Supplements No. 2, 3, and 4 are now available. To purchase a copy, use the order form in the Downloads box on the right sidebar of this web page.
- New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Government Services
- Municipal Clerks' Association of New Jersey, Inc.
- International Institute of Municipal Clerks
Introduction to the Duties of the Municipal Clerk
This course serves to acquaint the student with statutory and some
non-statutory duties of the municipal clerk, and offers a general introduction to municipal government. Specific areas of responsibility covered include core duties, legalized games of chance, meeting agendas and minutes, open public meetings, general office procedures, and various licenses and licensing procedures. There is a review and examination.
Advanced Duties of the Municipal Clerk
Prerequisite: Introduction to the Duties of the Municipal Clerk
A more detailed and technical description of the municipal clerk's office is presented in this course. Subjects include personnel policies and procedures, municipal land use law, financial duties, and other miscellaneous duties. There is a review and examination.
Local Elections Administration
This course is designed to acquaint students with Title 19, the goals of which are to assure a fair and open electoral process, full participation by the electorate, and clear lines of responsibility for elected officials. Topics covered include the responsibilities of the County Board of Elections and the County Clerk's office, voter registration, petitions and referenda, and political party procedure. The Faulkner Act election procedures and Charter Study Law and procedures also are discussed. There is a review and examination.
Information and Records Management
The management of information continues to undergo revolutionary change. Terminologies as well as processes have shifted dramatically. Retention of records and records filing have evolved into management information systems. This course teaches essential records management techniques and addresses the role of "clerk as information manager." In-class final and take-home examinations are given.
Municipal Finance Administration for Municipal Clerks
Prerequisite: Advanced Duties of the Municipal Clerk
This course is designed to provide the foundation for a better understanding of local government fiscal affairs. Major areas covered include the institutional framework of local government, the state's role in supervision and assistance, local public contracts law, municipal caps, municipal budgeting, budget execution, and local budget law and local bond law. A final exam is given.
Municipal Clerk Review Course
Prerequisite: Completion of all five Municipal Clerks program courses
Text: New Jersey Municipal Clerks Study Guide (2010)
This program is a review of the Municipal Clerks curriculum, and is offered prior to the State Registered Municipal Clerk (RMC) Examination. It does not include a review of the state exam questions, and it is not required to take the New Jersey certification exam.
Rutgers Center for Government Services awards certificates for the satisfactory completion of each course. This is defined as attendance at 80 percent of the class hours, a passing grade of 80 or higher, and full payment of all fees.
New Jersey Certification and State Exam
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-133 et al., Chapter 174, P.L. 1985, a municipal clerk may qualify for certification by the State of New Jersey as Registered Municipal Clerk. Examinations for the Registered Municipal Clerk designation are given periodically by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Certification Unit, Division of Local Government Services (DLGS). For information on experience and other requirements for attaining certification, please contact the DLGS at 609-633-6349 or visit the Division website.
All persons holding the certification of Registered Municipal Clerk in the State of New Jersey are required to obtain 20 contact hours of continuing education during a two-year period. For further information, visit the websites of the Certification Unit of the NJ Department of Community Affairs, http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dlgs/programs/certification.html, or the Municipal Clerks’ Association of New Jersey, www.njclerks.org.
International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) Programs
Rutgers University is the designated IIMC Institute in New Jersey. At the Center for Government Services, the program has been developed in conjunction with the Municipal Clerks Association of NJ (MCANJ). Inquiries regarding the NJ IIMC programs can be directed to the NJ Institute Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To join the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, visit www.iimc.com for questions, membership requirements and an application form.
Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) Institute
IIMC requires a minimum of 120 hours of university instruction to qualify for its CMC professional designation. The NJ Institute focus is primarily on topics relating to management, communication, and leadership. A minimum of four CMC Institute courses, sponsored in New Jersey by the Rutgers Center for Government Services, will be offered at various times throughout the year. Frequently these will be offered jointly with MMC courses. Through the university one education credit is earned for every two hours class time towards the educational requirement, as well as NJ DCA approved professional development credits. IIMC membership is not required for attendance. Separate CMC Institute announcements are emailed either from Rutgers or the MCANJ; occasionally flyers or brochures will be mailed. Announcements are always available on the Center’s website as well as the IIMC and the MCANJ’s websites.
Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Academy
This MMC program is designed to offer advanced training and education in management and interpersonal subject areas. The purpose is to promote continuing education of the professional municipal clerk. CMC designation is a prerequisite for this program. A minimum of three MMC Academy courses, sponsored in New Jersey by the Rutgers Center for Government Services, will be offered at various times throughout the year. Through the university one education credit is earned for every two hours class time towards the educational requirement, as well as NJ DCA approved professional development credits. IIMC membership is not required for attendance. Separate MMC Academy announcements are emailed either from Rutgers or the MCANJ; occasionally flyers or brochures will be mailed. Announcements are always available on the Center’s website as well as the IIMC and the MCANJ’s websites.