Education and professional development are key to the AMA mandate. In addition to Conferences and Workshop, the AMA plays a role in making municipalities aware of training and development opportunities.
The AMA works very closely with the Dalhousie’s School of Public Administration and College of Continuing Education. The School of Public Administration offers a municipal stream in its Masters in Public Administration for those who have an interest in pursuing a career in municipal government. The College of Continuing Education offers the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration. NACLAA sets the standard for the educational component of the Certified Municipal Manager (CMM) credential in Nova Scotia.
In 2010 the AMA undertook a skills development analysis aligning municipal job functions with various courses from the NACLAA program. Many people do not realize that municipal government employees may take individual courses without enrolling in the entire NACLAA program. It is the intent of the AMA to build on this project expanding it to other programs of study.