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Municipal Administration Program (MAP)


Municipal Administration Program (MAP)

For 60 years, MAP has been providing the foundation that municipal professionals need in order to cope with the challenges and complexities of the rapidly evolving municipal environment. This program consists of four units and is a stand-a-lone Certificate Program. Although it is recommended that you register to take one unit at a time, we do leave the decision up to the individual. You are the best person to determine if you can commit to the curriculum and schedule for more than one unit during the same term. Successful completion of the four units within a three-year timeline, is one of the four elements of AMCTO's Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA) and MAP is also one pre-requisite for applying for AMCTO's Accreditation Programs (CMO or AMP).

Each year, AMCTO presents an award of excellence to the student who attains the highest cumulative mark upon completion of the four units of this program.

The AMCTO Board of Directors has approved the granting of exemptions for Units of MAP to graduates of relevant courses of study from accredited Canadian Universities - MAP Equivalency Assessment Application form.

Correspondence Offering - Registration closed January 10th for the Winter 2020 Term and we are no longer accepting late registrations. Please mark you calendar for July 2nd, as this is when registration will open for the Fall 2020 Term.

Classroom Offering - Registration closes February 28, 2020 for the MAP Unit 1 Classes at the AMCTO Office. After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, the instructor will circulate the specific agenda and materials one week before the first class.

If your municipality is interested in offering this certificate program in a classroom environment, consider bringing the MAP Units in-house. Contact Jeanne Moon, Coordinator of Programs & Services.

MAP Classes at the AMCTO Office

Classroom Space is limited! Registration for this in-class offering closes February 28th.
Registering for the MAP Unit 1 classes will reserve your space for the MAP Unit 2, 3 and 4 classes - see dates below. Registration will be circulated for the other MAP Units, after the MAP Unit 1 classes start.

INSTRUCTOR: Patricia (Patty) Sinnamon, Dipl.M.M. has over 15 years experience as a Municipal CAO/Clerk. Please click here to see Patty's full BIO.

The topics that will be discussed in this program are located in the outlines posted below with the MAP unit descriptions. Although the curriculum is the same as the correcpondence offering, it will be delivered differently, which may have a combination of in-class group assignments, homework assigned and the end of unit exam. The Instructor will schedule the 24-hour, open-book exam date with you, after the classes have started.

AMCTO Office - Boardroom
2680 Skymark Ave., Suite 610
Mississauga, ON L4W 5L6

(905) 602-4294

Fee per unit: $593.25 ($525.00 + $68.25 HST #R106732936)
Includes all unit materials provided through online access and lunch each in-class day

All four units of MAP will be offered in sequence from March to December, 2020

Classroom Delivery Dates: For each MAP Unit are from 9am to 4pm with onsite sign-in at 8:30am each day:

  1. MAP Unit 1 - Introduction to Local Government (5 days)
    March 5th, March 6th, March 19th, March 20th and March 27th (2020)
    Exam Dates: April 3rd, April 4th or April 6th
  2. MAP Unit 2 - Municipal Administrative Structure (4 days)
    May 4th, May 5th, May 21st, and May 22nd (2020)
    Exam Dates: May 29th, May 30th or June 1st
  3. MAP Unit 3 - Municipal Financial Management (5 days)
    September 3rd, September 4th, September 14th, September 15th and September 21st (2020)
    Exam Dates: October 2nd, October 3rd or October 5th
  4. MAP Unit 4 - Management in the Municipality (5 days)
    November 5th, November 6th, November 19th, November 20th and November 27th (2020)
    Exam Dates: December 4th, December 5th or December 7th

Attendance: is essential to this format of learning. Although there will be no opportunity for make-up assignments, it will be permitted that you may miss one class per unit with a 10% deduction from your overall unit grade.
Refund Policy:
All cancellations must be confirmed  in writing to AMCTO, Claudia Biasutto. A refund levy of $113.00 per unit(100.00 + 13.00HST) will be applied to all cancellations received up to Fourteen (14) business days prior to the event. Refunds are not granted for cancellations made within 13 days or less of the event date. 

MAP Unit 1 - Introduction to Local Government

Briefly traces the historical evolution of local government in Ontario, its adaptations to the pressures of growth and change, and the complex inter-governmental - and international - world in which local governments now operate. The rest of the unit mostly focuses on analyzing the external structure of local government.

MAP Unit 2 - Municipal Administrative Structure

Focuses on the internal structure and organization of local government in Ontario, the ever-challenging relations between councilors and staff, and the municipal policy-making process. It concludes with an introduction to the nature of municipal management that sets the tone for the remaining two units of the program.

MAP Unit 3 - Municipal Financial Management

Examines financial management in local government. The discussion covers the changes and trends in municipal expenditures and revenues. It also explains the general nature and features of municipal accounting as well as evaluates the changing nature of municipal financial reporting requirements. the unit includes topics such as accountability for public funds, tax and non-tax revenue sources, operating and capital expenditures, and asset management.


MAP Unit 4 - Management in the Municipality

Surveys many facets of management, including the management of people, resources and information. It concludes with a lesson on the potential strategic management for aligning a municipality and its resources to confront and address unfolding challenges (of the sort described in the first lesson of the program) - thus bringing us full circle.

Correspondence Tuition Fees

All course materials are provided through online access
Fee for each unit is $412.45 (365.00 + 47.45 HST #R106732936)

If you would like a hardcopy of the textbook, an additional fee applies - $452.00 (365.00 + 35.00 + 52.00 HST #R106732936)
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes.

If you will not be registering online, forms can be found on the Assignment Schedule page.

Challenging a MAP Unit

Applicants must have a minimum of five-years related municipal experience in a senior supervisory role and/or courses to receive approval to challenge any unit of MAP. Challenging any unit of MAP is an opportunity to receive credit for a specific MAP Unit without submitting assignments. Approved applicants will be required to submit a paper and write an exam for each unit. An overall minimum passing grade of 70% must be attained to gain credit for the specific MAP Unit you are challenging.

Challenge Fee with PDF version of textbook: $265.55 per unit (235.00 + 30.55 HST #R106732936)
Challenge Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook: $305.10 per unit (235.00 + 35.00 + 35.10 HST #R106732936)

Those who meet the minimum requirements mentioned above and are interested in applying to challenge any MAP Unit, submit the MAP Challenge Application to Rosita Bourke.


Correspondence Refund Policy: A student who cancels from any Unit before the first scheduled assignment due date is entitled to a partial refund of fees less a refund levy of $113.00 (includes HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to Claudia Biasutto. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after the first scheduled assignment due date. A student cannot transfer their registration or payment to a later date. No returns accepted or no refunds for the hard copy textbook.