The Voluntary Credentialing Program for Government Managers

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International City/County Management Association

As the City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, David Frasher oversees the city’s departments, funds, and hiring process for city employees. David Frasher also maintains certification as a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Professional local government managers may acquire certification through the Voluntary Credentialing Program.

ICMA’s Voluntary Credentialing Program awards certification to deserving government managers who meet the proper educational and experiential qualifications. Certified professionals maintain an adherence to lifelong learning, professional development, and high standards of integrity. The self-directed Credentialing Program consists of a peer review credentialing process and emphasizes the importance of long-term professional development opportunities. In order to complete the credentialing process, managers must possess a degree from a regionally accredited or DETC-accredited university, complete an Applied Knowledge Assessment, and submit an application within three years of receiving the assessment results.

Managers with ICMA Credentialed Manager designation are entitled to an assortment of benefits. In addition to recognition as a professional local government manager, the title serves as a symbol of the individual’s commitment to integrity, lifelong learning, and high standards. Such managers also receive access to various special workshops and other exclusive training opportunities that foster professional development and peer review. Furthermore, they are eligible for the Legacy Leaders Program, which encourages managers to coach the next generation.

The ICMA accepts applications for the Voluntary Credentialing Program on the first of each quarter. Applicants must pay $75 for the Applied Knowledge Assessment and an online application fee of $50. For more information, click the “Credentialing” link in the Membership menu at


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