Welcome to Montana municipal government! Through this introductory course*, participants will study the foundational elements of local government, inclduing its purpose, laws, best practices, duties of elected and appointed officials, and much more. It is a great practical overview of municipal government in Montana for both new and experienced officials. 

*This is a non-credit course offered through Montana State University Extension


This course is based on the Montana Municipal Officials Handbook, 3rd Edition* and is conducted as an semi asynchronous course. Participants complete one unit per week by the posted deadline for six weeks. Participants must complete the following steps for each unit prior to the deadline: 

1. Read the assigned section of text in the handbook

2. Complete all Unit activities such as quizzes, etc.

3. Participate in the online discussion board



*The Montana Municipal Officials Handbook, 3rd Edition can be viewed or downloaded from the MSU Local Government Center's website.




1.  Create an eXtensionaccount. 

If you haven't already done so, 

Create an eXtension online account

Please, only create ONE eXtension account for all of your MSU Local Government Center online and hybrid education.** 

You cannot be registered for the course until you click the verification link referenced in the online account instructions.

**We CANNOT track education credits for one individual across multiple eXtension accounts**

2.  Enroll in the course.

Click on the following link and complete the form:

Course Registration

Once all three steps are complete, the MSU LGC will enroll you in the course and you will receive a confirmation email from the MSU Local Government Center with course access information starting October 1st and no later than October 10th, 2022, depending on the date registration and payment are completed.

3.  Pay the course fee.

This course is $25.00 per participant. Course fees must be paid by October 10th, 2022*. Click on the following link and complete course fee payment with a credit or debit card:

Course Fee Payment

* Course fees are only refundable if written cancellation of participation is received by the MSU Local Government by October 10th, 2022. 



The Montana Municipal Officials Handbook, 3rd Edition can be viewed or downloaded from the MSU Local Government Center's website. Participants are welcome to download and print the handbook from the link below.


If you would prefer to purchase a hardcopy of the Handbook, please click the button below to visit the MSU Extension publications store.






If you have questions about online courses, email Lydia Maunz at lydia.maunz@montana.edu or Ashley Kent at ashleykent@montana.edu or call  406.994.6694