Arizona Court Executive (ACE)  



Participants must be an 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 (CCM) or AZ 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 ACE program, complete a program application form.  (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 director, clerk of the court or superior court administrator.  Completed applications may be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail.   

ACE Application (rev. 2022)


To register for the Arizona Court Executive program, DOWNLOAD, complete and submit:
ACE Application











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

ACE Application (rev. 2022)

(AOC Staff)

To register for the Arizona Court Executive program as an AOC employee, please DOWNLOAD, complete and submit: 
AOC Staff - ACE Application









Class Enrollment:


Once admitted to the program, participants will receive the passwords to enroll in classes. Class enrollment is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.                        

All classes for the calendar year are posted on our homepage: www.azcourts.gov/clia and class information can be obtained from the links.  Once registration is open, enrollment can be completed using those same links.  Participants are encouraged to contact [email protected] for assistance. 


Program Requirements:

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



The curriculum consists of seven NCSC Institute for Court Management courses and a capstone of 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) (1.5 days)

·         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 Cost:

  • There is no cost to attend classes; however, travel and per diem are the responsibility of each individual and / or their court. Classes are held at the Judicial Education Center (JEC) in Phoenix.   NOTE:  Tribal court employees are subject to additional program fees. Please contact Education Services ([email protected]) for further information.


Where classes are held:  Classes are held in person at the Judicial Education Center (JEC) in Phoenix.  In the case of a public health emergency, classes may take place in a virtual classroom.  Information regarding the class format will be posted on our webpage within each class posting.


Certified Court Executive (CCE) Credit:

Participants who are interested in receiving ICM certification, must pay a $100.00 ICM fee per each of the 7 ICM courses (Exceptions: the Public Relations and Educational Development courses are $60 each; there is no charge for the Capstone).  Please indicate on the application if you will be obtaining this certification.  Once you have successfully registered for each course, an invoice will be sent by Julee Ewy Bruno ([email protected]). Payment must be received one week prior to the start of class.


NOTE: Participants who choose to obtain the ICM Certified Court Executive (CCE) certification, must obtain 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 ([email protected]) for further information.


ICM certification 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.