Certification/Recertification of Municipal Clerks

Initial Certification

2005 Wisconsin Act 451 requires that all municipal clerks attend a Wisconsin Elections Commission- sponsored training program at least once every 2 years, Wis. Stat. § 7.15(1m).  All Wisconsin municipal clerks must attend the Municipal Clerk Training Core Curriculum Course (MCT Core), by law, before they are considered certified to conduct an election.

As a Wisconsin municipal clerk, you should fall into one of the three following categories:

  1. New municipal clerks - new clerks are required to take the 3-hour Municipal Clerk Core training class before their first election or by the end of the current term if there are no scheduled elections to be considered certified to conduct the elections.  Clerks also need to accumulate three additional hours of election-related training - for a total of six hours - by December 31, 2019 to recertify for the 2020-2021 term. A list of approved MCT hours is listed below. The MCT Core class is available in the Elections Learning Center.  Please review the "New Clerk Training Memo" and "Learning Center Instructions" attached below for detailed information about training requirements. Fill out and submit the "Request to Add Authorized User" document below to the Elections Help Desk for access to the Learning Center.  Use the MCT Certification Form to report your training to the Commission.

     

  2. Municipal clerks who recertified for the 2018-2019 term – clerks who met the recertification requirements by accumulating and reporting at least six hours of election-related training (for new clerks three of the six hours must be MCT Core) by December 31, 2017 recertified for the 2018-2019 term. During the 2018-2019 term, clerks need to accumulate and report at least six hours of election-related training to recertify for the 2020 -2021 term. A list of approved MCT hours is listed below. Use the MCT Certification Form to report your training to the Commission.

     

  3. Municipal clerks who did not recertify for the 2018-2019 term – clerks who failed to meet the recertification requirements have lost their certification and must start over. This means that in order to qualify as a municipal clerk for election purposes in the 2018-2019 term, the municipal clerk must attend the 3-hour MCT Core training class and accumulate three additional hours of election-related training - for a total of six hours - by the February 20, 2018 primary before he or she is certified to conduct an election.  The MCT Core class is available in the Elections Learning Center.  Fill out and submit  the "Request to Add Authorized User" document below to the Elections Help Desk for access to the Learning Center.  A list of approved MCT hours is listed below. Use the MCT Certification Form to report your training to the Commission. The six hours of training will certify the clerk for the 2018-2019 term and will also recertify the municipal clerk for the 2020-2021 term

Approved MCT Hours

Training opportunities that count toward recertification hours must be approved by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Examples of activities that count toward recertification hours include:

  • Webinar Sessions; either live, posted or using training discs (hours vary)
  • Chief inspector training classes (3 hours, once per term)
  • WisVote training classes (hours vary)
  • Election administration sessions; such as the roundtable discussions or presentations given by WEC staff at Wisconsin Towns Association or Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association meetings, among others (2-3 hours each)
  • Election administration sessions, such as the Voter Photo ID outreach presentations given by WEC staff (hours vary)
  • Training you have received conducted by another county or municipal clerk that has been approved for recertification credit by WEC staff (hours vary)
  • WEDCS (GAB-190) training by WEC staff (2 hours) or WEDCS (GAB-190) training online (1 hour); you may not claim credit for both
  • Voting equipment testing or training (1 hour total per 2-year cycle)
  • Municipal Clerk Institute Election training (hours vary)

If you have additional questions, please contact Allison Coakley at allison.coakley@wi.gov or 608-261-2033.