After an enrollee has graduated from the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program, recertification is required every five years to maintain Texas Registered Municipal Clerk, TRMC, status.
Recertification is a continuation of the philosophy and the fact that H.B. 2029 recognizes, supports, and awards Texas Municipal Clerks as key professionals in municipal government.
H.B. 2029 was enacted by the 70th legislature and became Section 22.074 of the Local Government Code. It requires that "a person who holds a certificate issued under this section must renew the certificate not later than five years after the date on which the original certificate was issued."
Requirements for Recertification
View and print a PDF of the Recertification Requirements.
1. Enroll in the TMCCP Recertification Program.
2. Be a member of TMCA, Inc., at time of recertification enrollment and maintain continuous membership throughout recertification.
3. Attend the following six TMCCP seminars:
2 TMCCP Graduate Institute Seminars
2 TMCCP Election Law Seminars
2 TMCCP Seminars (other than the Graduate Institute and Election Law Seminars)
4. Accumulate a minimum of 60 points from the following educational options: (Submit the Affirmation of Academic Honesty Form with submitted work.)
|Book report (View list of books approved for book reports) (View the guidelines for book reports.)||20 points each|
|TMCCP revised homework module||20 points|
|Athenian Dialogue with assessment (Assessment to be graded by the TMCCP Education Director. Assessment must be submitted no later than 30 days after attending the dialogue.)||20 points|
|Knowledge Transfer Action Plan (KTAP) with approved seminar (e.g., ARMA, TSL, and other professional certifications and groups outside of TMCCP)||10 points (minimum 6 hr. seminar)
20 points (minimum 12 hr. seminar)
|IIMC Academy session with assessment||20 points|
IIMC Conference concurrent session with assessment
5 points each
IIMC-approved online distance learning course with assessment (No more than 20 points total towards recertification. Must be completed during the recertification period. Effective Jan. 1, 2018.)
5 points (1-5 hr. course)
|Approved college course (credit applied with an assessment; copy of transcript also required)||20 points|
Level II OR Level III Certified Court Clerk designation through the Texas Court Clerks Association/Texas Municipal Court Clerk Education Center (credit applied with assessment; copy of Certified Court Clerk certificate also required)
Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program Certificate (credit applied with assessment; copy of certificate also required)
|Eligible HR certification (credit applied with assessment; copy of certificate also required)||30 points|
|Associate degree in related field (credit applied with assessment; copy of transcript also required)||30 points|
|Bachelor's degree or higher in related field (credit applied with assessment; copy of transcript also required)||50 points|
Explanation of Educational Options for Enrollees Pursuing Further Recertification
"TMCCP Revised Homework Module" option (20 points)
The recertification enrollee will submit work on a revised module of coursework from the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program. The following revised modules are currently available: Course 3--Canvas online course with "A Budgeting Guide for Local Government" and "The Responsible Administrator"; Course 4, module 1--"Excellence in Business Communication"; Course 4, module 2--"Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations"; Course 4, module 3--"Human Resource Management in Public Service." (List last updated 12/14/2020.) Send an email to the TMCCP office to request a module.
"Athenian Dialogue with Assessment" option (20 points)
Attend and fully participate in an Athenian Dialogue and submit a written assessment of the dialogue within 30 days to TMCCP Education Director Dr. Amy Holt. Learn more about Athenian Dialogues and where and when they are offered by visiting IIMC's website.
"Knowledge Action Transfer Plan (KTAP)" option (10 points: minimum 6 hr. seminar; 20 points: minimum 12 hr. seminar)
Learn about the KTAP here. The enrollee will submit the KTAP paperwork to the TMCCP office for credit. Note that graduates can select to do a KTAP on a third TMCCP Graduate Institute Seminar if they have already attended the two required Graduate Institute Seminars for their current recertification seminar requirements.
"IIMC Academy Session with Assessment" option (20 points)
The recertification enrollee must submit a copy of the letter or certificate from IIMC stating that education points have been awarded for the session; an assessment must also be submitted at this time.
"IIMC Conference Concurrent Session" option (5 points each)
The recertification enrollee must attend the full concurrent session. Additionally, the enrollee must complete and submit an assessment provided by TMCCP to the TMCCP office. (No more than 20 points toward recertification for each IIMC conference. Must be completed during the enrollee's current recertification period. Effective Jan. 1, 2019.)
"IIMC-Approved Online Distance Learning Course" option (5 points: 1-5 hr. course; 10 points: 6-10 hr. course; 20 points: 11+ hour course)
The recertification enrollee must complete an IIMC-approved online distance learning course and submit an assessment to the TMCCP office. (No more than 20 points total towards recertification. Must be completed during the recertification period. Effective Jan. 1, 2018.) Learn more about the courses offered here.
"Approved College Course" option (20 points)
Approved college courses include courses in government, management, business administration, public administration, finance, or economics. Send an email to the TMCCP office for more information if you would like to pursue this option; an assessment and copy of your transcript will be submitted.
"Level II OR Level III Certified Court Clerk Designation" option (30 points)
The recertification enrollee must earn the Level II OR Level III Certified Court Clerk designation through the Texas Court Clerks Association/Texas Municipal Court Clerk Education Center. Students can only earn TRMC points for this designation once and only for either the Level II or Level III Certified Court Clerk designation. (Credit applied with assessment and a copy of the Certified Court Clerk certificate. Assessment can be obtained from the TMCA office.)
"CPM Program Certificate" option (40 points)
The recertification enrollee must complete the Certified Public Manager Program and must submit a copy of the CPM Certificate for TMCCP recertification credit. (Credit applied with assessment and copy of certificate.) Learn more about the CPM Program and what universities currently offer the program.
"Eligible HR Certification" option (30 points)
The recertification enrollee must complete the indicated (listed below) SHRM, PHR, or IPMA certificate and must submit a copy of the certificate for TMCCP recertification credit. Please note that only one certificate related to the field of human resources may ever be applied for TMCCP recertification credit. Additional certificates related to human resources will not be eligible for TMCCP recertification credit. (Current and retroactive credit applied with assessment; copy of certificate also required.)
Eligible HR Certifications
- SHRM Certification offered by the Society for Human Resource Management: either the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP. Learn more here.
- PHR Certification offered by the HR Certification Institute: either the PHR or SPHR. Learn more here.
- IPMA Certification offered by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources: either the IPMA-CP or the IPMA-SCP. Learn more here.
Associate degree in related field (credit applied with assessment; copy of transcript also required) (30 points)
Bachelor's degree or higher in related field (credit applied with assessment; copy of transcript also required) (50 points)
View our Frequently Asked Questions about recertification:
- How soon can I enroll in recertification after graduating from the certification program?
- Can I be recertified once my certificate has expired?
- How often do I need to recertify?
A selection of books for book reports is offered to give you an opportunity to read material that relates to your personal goals of education and professional development. As Stephen R. Covey emphasized in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, it is vital to "sharpen the saw," especially for the long-term career person. As you read, think, and write, the experience should inspire you to continue to explore new thoughts, processes, and techniques within your profession and to commit to remaining a "lifetime learner."
Begin your work early to take full advantage of the joy of the experience. Examine the books, the qualifications of the authors, and any additional reading material suggested by the books. Think about the theme and the main points of the book as they relate to your personal circumstances. Discuss the book with someone. Organize and plan your thoughts by outlining; write; proofread; and then, rewrite and polish. Keep it simple. Use your own words. Be complete, concise, and clear.
Textbooks Approved for Recertification Book Reports
Submit the Affirmation of Academic Honesty Form with each report.
If you have any questions that are not answered here, please send an email to TMCCP Assistant Director Miriam Sheehan.
Apply now to enroll in TMCCP Recertification.
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