Who Can Enroll?
  • Elected Township Officials
• Appointed Township Officials(including Board and Commission Members)
• Township Staff
PMGA Mission
  To provide Pennsylvania's elected and appointed local officials and staff with the leadership skills and professional development needed to meet the demands and expectations of their office or position, today and into the future.
Upon Completion of the Program
  Complete all PMGA requirements by January 31 for recognition at the PSATS Annual Education Conference, in Pennsylvania Township News and at your county convention. PSATS will also notify your local news media of your accomplishment.
How to Apply
   Applications can be completed through the online store.


You'll earn credits for attending PMGA classroom courses and webinars, as well as PSATS "Newly Elected Officials" workshops, Annual Educational Conference and Grassroots Lobbying Day. Choose between the Graduate Program or a Certificate Program (see below). Complete either within three years to earn credits.

There are four tracks:
Administration, Planning, Public Safety and Public Works.
Each emphasizes leadership development and communication skills.

Graduate Program
(60 credits)
Structured to include courses from all four tracks, you must attend the full-day Introduction to PMGA and a primary overview course in each track (20 credits, total). Earn 25 credits with secondary courses and 15 credits with electives.

Certificate Program
(30 credits)
Course selections concentrate on just one of the four tracks. You must attend the full-day Introduction to PMGA and a primary overview course (8 credits, total), plus earn 16 credits for secondary and 6 credits for elective courses.

Administration Track
Primary Course – A broad overview of municipal administration. Experts discuss the Township Code, human resource issues, risk management, Right-to-Know Law responsibilities, budgeting and municipal accounting, audits, investments and pension management.
Planning Track
Primary Course – Municipal planning responsibilities covered by our experts include the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, subdivision and land development, zoning, duties of the planning commission and zoning hearing board, and administration and enforcement of the Uniform Construction Code.
Public Safety Track
Primary Course – Our experts discuss topics such as fire service, emergency management, police, ambulance service, mutual aid, homeland security, and municipal liability for volunteers.
Public Works Track
Primary Course – A broad look at municipal public works responsibilities. Topics covered by our experts include road and bridge maintenance, road safety, stormwater management, traffic signs and signals, and posting and bonding.

Academy Components
Primary Courses
(20 credits)
All Academy participants must attend a day-long Introduction to PMGA, a program emphasizing leadership skills and preparation for the four educational tracks. Primary courses provide a broad overview of the principal components of each track, with an emphasis on leadership and communication skills.  
Secondary Courses
(25 credits)
Secondary courses are offered both in webinar and classroom formats.
There are three levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Special Topics
Elective Courses
(15 credits)
Elective credits are awarded for attending PSATS events:    
  • Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show
  • Newly Elected Official Training
  • Grassroots Lobbying Day.

Credits are also given for spearheading approved community projects that showcase your academy-instilled
expertise and knowledge.

Note: Required credits are adjusted for Certificate Program Enrollees