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Certified California Municipal Treasurer Program (CCMT)


The Certified California Municipal Treasurer award has proven to be one of CMTA’s most significant achievements. The CCMT award has been designed to bring community recognition and honor to municipal treasurers and their office.

This award is not just a title. It must be earned through individual effort and expertise. The formal certification program for California municipal treasurers was launched in 1978 by CMTA to recognize the significance of professionalism in public administration. It is also designed to assist municipal treasurers in improving performance through continuing education and to gain recognition as valued administrators in local government. CMTA introduced this program to spotlight those persons who meet high standards for knowledge, skills and ethics. A CCMT is a professional treasurer who is qualified to meet the challenges of a job that is becoming more and more complex in our modern age.


The Certification Program is designed to advance the professionalism of the municipal treasurer, finance officer, or other chief financial officer of a municipality or district. Municipal finance, like other professions, requires special study, knowledge and skill. The constituency that is served by the treasury official requires a high level of professional competence. The certification program is designed as a set of regulations and standards which recognize professional attainment and provide for a system through which standards are met.


General eligibility for candidates for the certification program is as follows:

  • Each candidate must be an elected or an appointed finance official with that position so identified under the organizational structure of the public body for which the candidate serves
  • The candidate must have held that position for at least two years prior to the time of application
  • The candidate must file an approved application form with the proper documentation and Position Responsibilities Checklist signed by the City Manager or an Elected Official, along with the required fee
  • The candidate must believe in and practice the Code of Ethics of the California Municipal Treasurers Association


Once the applicant has met all of the requirements and upon recommendation of the Certification Committee and approval by the CMTA Board of Directors, an appropriate plaque will be presented. Appropriate recognition will also be made at the next CMTA Annual Conference.


Certified California Municipal Treasurers must be recertified every four years. As with the original certification, recertification is accomplished by a combination of experience as a finance or treasury official, and a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education.


Contact the CMTA Certification Committee chair Ernestine Jones, CCMT at


Application for Certification is no longer available as CMTA is transitioning into new Investment Certificate and Designation programs.  If you were in the process of obtaining points towards a new CCMT designation please contact our office at (916) 231-2144.  More information about the new certification program will be available soon.

Application for Re-certification (pdf)

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4/13/2016 » 4/15/2016
2016 CMTA Annual Conference

California Municipal Treasurer's Association
1215 K Street Suite 940
Sacramento, CA. 95814
p: 916-231-2144
f: 916-231-2141