Arizona Court Executive (ACE)  



Arizona judicial branch employee, and; 

  • Recommended for the program by current supervisor and approved by division head or presiding judge/chief judge, and;
  • Completed the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Institute for Court Management (ICM) Court Manager Program or Certified Court Manager program, or has a degree in management, court administration or equivalent. OR 
  • Is currently employed as:  Full-time Judicial Officer, Superior Court Administrator, Clerk of the Court, Chief Probation Officer, or Juvenile Court Center Director/Chief Probation Officer


To apply for admittance to the Arizona Court Executive (ACE) program, complete an ACE program application form and submit it to edreg@courts.az.gov(Choose the appropriate application below.)


  • Court/Department ApplicationAdmission requires approval of one’s court or department head—typically the presiding judge, chief probation officer, juvenile court center director, clerk of the court or superior court administrator.
  • Completed applications may be submitted online or by mail.  To submit online, you may scan the completed form and email it to edreg@courts.az.gov OR you may click on the “Submit Application” button once all electronic signatures have been collected. 

ACE Application


To register for the Arizona Court Executive series, you must fill out and submit the
Registration Application



  • AOC Application Admission requires approval from the AOC employee’s division director and the AOC Executive office Director or Deputy Director.


ACE Application

(AOC Staff)

To register for the Arizona Court Executive series, you must fill out and submit the
AOC Staff Application




Class Enrollment:

Once you've been admitted to the program, please watch this Welcome Video. (Video currently unavailable) Participants can also register online for Executive level classes.  Registration opens two months prior to the class start date and is on a first come, first served basis; enrollment is limited.  Events are posted periodically as available, therefore participants are encouraged to visit the calendar frequently to be advised of new training opportunities, or contact edreg@courts.az.gov for assistance. 



The curriculum consists of seven National Center for State Courts, (NCSC) Institute for Court Management (ICM) courses and in-class Arizona specific AZ PLUS courses.


·         ICM Operations Management (formerly Essential Components) (2.5 days)

·         ICM Leadership (2.5 days)

·         ICM Visioning & Strategic Planning (2.5 days)

·         ICM Educational  Development (formerly Education, Training & Development) (1 day)

·         ICM Public Relations (formerly Court Community Communications) (1.5 days)

·         Executive Decision Making 

·         Modern Court Governance

·         AZ PLUS—Executive

·         Interdependence and Interdependencies

·         Facilities, Security and Emergency Management

·         Security and COOP


 Program Requisite:


ACE Participants must:

  • Complete a minimum of one class each 12 months following admittance into the ACE program, to remain active in the program.   Inactive participants will be removed from the ACE program 12 months following written notification of inactivity.  If this occurs, the individual must reapply to continue coursework. 
  • Complete the entire ACE program within seven years of their enrollment date. Once the 7-year term has expired, ACE classes older than 7 years will expire requiring the individual to retake the class for ACE credit, and repay the $100.00 ICM fee, if ICM credit is desired.


Program Cost:

There is no cost to attend classes.  All classes are held at the Judicial Education Center in Phoenix and travel costs are the responsibility of the participant or their court.


Certified Court Executive Certification:

  • Participants who want the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) ICM Certified Court Executive (CCE) certificate pay a $100 per class fee to the NCSC. Fees can be paid by check, credit card or purchase requisition.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Tribal court employees are subject to additional program fees. Please contact Education Services (edreg@courts.az.gov) for further information.

Certified Court Executive (CCE) Credit :


Participants who want to get the ICM Certified Court Executive (CCE) certification must get the ICM Certified Court Manager (CCM) certification first. This also applies if participants are planning to attend the Institute for Court Management Fellows program. Please contact Education Services (edreg@courts.az.gov) for further information.

Participants who are interested in receiving ICM certification, must pay a $100.00 ICM fee. Once you have successfully registered for this course, an invoice will be sent by Julee Ewy Bruno (Jbruno@courts.az.gov). Payment must be received one week prior to the start of class.  

Registration fees are REFUNDABLE WITH A WRITTEN CANCELLATION (LESS A 25% ADMINISTRATIVE FEE) PRIOR TO one week before the start of the class AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE after that date; however, they are transferable.

In the event you are unable to attend a class, a credit can be applied toward a future ESD-sponsored event within 365 days from first day of registered event.  Please contact our office to arrange for transfer if necessary.