PSATS Municipal Government Academy

The goal of PMGA is 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.

Graduate Program

Provides a well-balanced curriculum spanning all 4 PMGA categories


Certificate Program

Provides a more focused curriculum in one PMGA category


  • Earn at least 20 points in the chosen category (30 total)
  • Attend 1 major PSATS event – PSATS Annual ConferencePSATS Regional Fall Forums, or from a chosen category, such as:
    • Administration – PSATS HR & Labor Management Institute, Essentials of Township Administration, Basic Training for Secretaries/Administrators
    • Public Safety – TEMA Seminars, Essentials of Township Public Safety
    • Public Works – Stormwater Conference, Engineers Seminars, Essentials of Township Public Works
    • Planning/Zoning – PAAZO Seminars, Essentials of Township Planning/Zoning
  • Webinar points not to exceed 10 points

Administration Category

Topics Include – Budget and finances, human resources & labor management, communications, liability and risk, records management, leadership development, Right-to-Know Law, meeting management, and ethics.

Planning/Zoning Category

Topics Include – Subdivision and land development, zoning and land use, duties of planning commissions and zoning hearing boards, comprehensive plans, economic development, and code enforcement.

Public Safety Category

Topics Include – Fire/EMS services, emergency management, police, public health, disaster response and recovery, and risk management.

Public Works Category

Topics Include – Road and bridge maintenance, stormwater management, parks and recreation, facilities and infrastructure management, water/wastewater, sewage enforcement, transportation planning, and funding.

Questions? Contact Scott Coburn at or (717) 763-0930, ext.171

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