Planning Courses

We offer municipal training to our 62 municipalities by sponsoring planning courses. These in-depth courses are designed to primarily help municipal planners, planning commission members, and other local officials understand and accomplish the responsibilities involved with their role in the community. The 2023 course schedule is being finalized for release in February 2023.

About the Courses

The courses were developed by the Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA) and Penn State Extension Service through their training agency, the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI), and are taught by certified PMPEI instructors. Each course is taught in three sessions. Courses are limited to 25 persons, and preregistration is required. The registration fee is $110 per person. Municipal officials and staff from municipalities with a current planning assistance contract with MCPC are eligible for a discounted rate of $90 (click here to view eligible municipalities).

Continuing Education Credits

The PMPEI is an approved provider of continuing education credits for a variety of entities. Click here for credit information. Fees, in addition to the course registration fee, apply to those seeking continuing education credit. Payment for the credits is handled by the PMPEI. For questions about credits, contact Terri Dickow

Registration Payment

The registration fee should be paid by check (made payable to Montgomery County Treasurer) or exact cash at either the first or second course session. Payment by credit card is not available at this time. We will invoice your community if needed. Contact Rita McKelvey at 610-278-3753 for additional information.

2023 Courses

We are in the process of scheduling the 2023 courses.  

Additional Education Opportunities

If you are unable to attend one of our courses, there are opportunities to attend in other areas throughout our region.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association provides excellent information on educational opportunities for municipal officials.