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Municipal Employment Readiness (Micro-credential)



Program Description

Looking for employment in your local area and considering rural municipal work? This short micro-credential is designed to provide you with essential knowledge and skills that relate directly to rural municipal jobs. This program consists of three micro-courses (which are accessible through the purchase of time block(s)): Municipal Legislation and Governance, Municipal Structure, Roles & Responsibilities, and Effectiveness in Municipal Government. When combining this learning with the right mix of existing transferable skills, you can increase your readiness for a role in rural municipal government.

  • This micro-credential is an open enrolment, competency-based program. Students can enroll and begin their studies at any time throughout the year. As a competency-based credential, students purchase one or more defined blocks of time to access the program.
  • All students must begin by purchasing a two-month time block. Upon registration, students have access to the first of three micro-courses. Each time a student successfully completes a micro-course (within the purchased time block) they will automatically be granted access to the next micro-course.
  • This is a self paced program and students have the opportunity to complete a portion or all the micro-courses within the initial two-month time block.
  • Extensions are not provided within an open enrolment program and it is the student’s responsibility to manage their time accordingly.
  • If a student does not complete the program within two months, they will need to buy additional block(s) of time in two month, one month or two-week increments, until they complete the program. When a student buys an additional block of time, there will be no need to re-do work already successfully completed. The student will return to the course and continue where they left off.
  • Within two business days of registering in an open enrolment program, the student will receive an email with the program login details and the student’s program access begins (i.e. block of time).
  • A digital badge will be awarded upon completion of this program (the completion of all 3 micro-courses). Individual micro-courses are only added to a student’s academic record upon the successful completion of the program (all 3 micro-courses).
  • Withdrawals are only accepted up to 3 calendar days after the student’s registration date (withdrawal fees will apply). No refunds or withdrawals are permitted after this date.
  • This program is not eligible for a tuition tax receipt.

Testimonials from past participants:

"As a current Municipal Employee for over 5 years, this course was extremely well laid out and very informative. I learned more in this course about Municipal Government then many of my courses during studies for my Diploma in Municipal Administration."

Micro-credential Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)

  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at ppl@durhamcollege.ca or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Contribute to the effective running of rural municipal government through collaboration with staff from various departments and elected officials.
  • Apply relevant legislation, procedures, and practices when completing tasks and providing service to the public in a municipal setting.
  • Provide excellent public service through strong inter-personal and problem-solving skills.

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Graduates may find work in entry-level to mid-level positions within rural municipal government.

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
MUNC 1MONMunicipal Employment Readiness - 1 Month AccessOpen Enrollment
MUNC 2MONMunicipal Employment Readiness - 2 Month Access (required)Open Enrollment
MUNC 2WKSMunicipal Employment Readiness - 2 Week AccessOpen Enrollment