What we offer


AMANS recognizes the value of education, training and development and the importance of having municipal government staff and elected officials who have the capacity to meet today’s challenges.


To ensure that the critical knowledge and skills required for municipal governance and administration are in place, AMANS assessed the current and future education, training, and development needs of key positions within municipalities across Nova Scotia.

Working in collaboration with municipal subject matter experts and professional curriculum developers, we designed the Municipal Management Modules to build the capacity of established and aspiring municipal leaders in core areas, such as:


  • Leadership


  • Strategic Planning


  • Legislation and Policy


  • Financial Management


  • Stakeholder Engagement


  • Human Resource Management




Who should attend?


The Municipal Management Modules are designed specifically for: Chief Administrative Officers, Managers, Directors, Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Wardens, Deputy Wardens, Councilors and individuals aspiring to those positions.






You will be provided with a participant’s workbook that outlines all content covered during the workshop, as well as providing you with resources for ongoing learning.






Each workshop will have a maximum of 25 participants and will be in an immersive classroom environment. We believe that participants learn from each other so this workshop has been developed to be interactive using real life case studies and engaging group discussions.




Available Workshops


Leadership I: has been developed for appointed and elected officials and is intended to help build an understanding of roles, responsibilities and ethical guidelines, chairing and facilitating meetings, decision-making, feedback and innovation; building a council team and coaching, developing and inspiring staff.


Leadership II: has been designed to create an awareness and knowledge of diplomacy for municipal officials, managing conflict, relationships, management, effective decision making –for elected officials; building teams and culture –for Managers.


Financial Management I: will help build awareness and an understanding of creating long-term financial strategies, preparing and using operating/capital budgets, reviewing financial statements and other performance indicators, preparation of year-end statements.


Financial Management II: is intended to enhance high-level financial management skills of Nova Scotia’s municipal administrators. It will build awareness and an understanding of internal control systems, administrative procedures, communication to support decision-making, contract negotiation and the tax sale process.


Financial Management III: is a skills-based training intended to improve skills in budget review, financial decisions, and communication about financial matters for elected officials in Nova Scotia Municipalities. It will build awareness and understanding of setting budget priorities, making financial decisions, and communicating financial information to the public, among other skills.





Please contact David Atchison by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and indicate who you are registering.





$585 + HST per AMANS or UNSM member

$750 + HST per non-member

Lunch, refreshments and a participant’s workbook will be provided at the workshop.Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate.