Elected Officials Education Program

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The EOEP believes that professional development is about always improving. Even the most experienced councillor can become stronger through discussion with colleagues and thinking about issues in a new way.
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The EOEP seeks to offer courses that address the core challenges faced by municipal elected officials – ethical governance, intermunicipal collaboration, financial decision-making, and land use planning are just some of the core areas that municipal elected officials can become stronger in through participation in the EOEP.
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“The tools that I received through the Elected Officials Education Program have given me the knowledge to make informed decisions that not only affect my municipality but the Northwest region.”
Cheryl Anderson, County of Northern Lights Reeve
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The EOEP knows how busy elected officials are. That’s why we aim to offer courses in locations that are convenient for as many elected officials as possible, and develop content-rich course materials that cut to the heart of key municipal issues
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“There is no better, no faster way to learn how municipal government works, it’s a great set of courses!” Paul Ryan, Councillor, MD of Bighorn
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Welcome to the EOEP Website

Serving your community is a big job.  A large part of why elected officials are successful comes from the knowledge of their communities; the people, the landscape, the opportunities, and the challenges. However, for those serving in the smallest villages or rural municipalities to the largest cities, having knowledge about relevant legislation, planning and development processes, service delivery, as well as the skills to serve ethically, collaborate with your colleagues and municipal neighbours, and plan strategically is vital to leading your community.

The EOEP is here to provide you with those skills and knowledge. We offer Munis 101: the Essentials of Municipal Governance, an overarching course designed to provide both new and returning councillors with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their positions moving forward. We also offer six (6) additional supplementary courses that will allow participants to delve into the details of topics such as public participation, regional partnerships, land use and development approvals, and others. For more information on courses currently available and to register, click here.

Municipal Elected Leaders Certificate (MELC)

The Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) in partnership with University of Alberta’s Augustana Extended Education have launched a Municipal Elected Leaders Certificate (MELC).  The certificate recognizes an elected leaders’ commitment to ongoing education in pursuit of high-quality service to their community.  

Munis 101

Learning on the job is never easy. Add to that the pressure that comes with serving your community and the learning curve can seem impossible to overcome. Click here to learn more about the EOEP’s Munis 101: The Essentials of Municipal Governance, and how it can help both new and returning councillors excel in their roles.

Association Events

The EOEP is a joint venture of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta  (RMA) and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA). To learn more about the associations, visit their websites! Click here to learn more about the RMA and click here to learn more about the AUMA.