Arizona Court Executive (ACE)  


Eligibility: Participants must be an Arizona judicial branch employee, and; 

  • Be 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) Certified Court Manager Program (CCM) or the AZ Court
  • Manager (ACM) program, or has a degree in management, court administration or equivalent OR 
  • Is currently employed as a: Full-time Judicial Officer, Superior Court Administrator, Clerk of the Court, Chief Probation Officer, or Juvenile Court Director/Chief Probation Officer.



To apply for admittance to the ACE program, complete and submit a program application to [email protected].                                                              (Choose the appropriate application below.) 


Court/Department Application: Admission 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. 


ACE Application (rev. 2024)


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










AOC Staff ApplicationAdmission requires approval from the AOC employee’s division director and the AOC Director or Deputy Director.


ACE Application (rev. 2024)

(AOC Staff)

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








Course Location: Classes are held in person at the Judicial Education Center (JEC) at 3003 N. Central Ave., 5th Floor, in Phoenix, AZ, 85012


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. Participants are responsible to check the website often for updated class information and registration postings. 


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 being taken.
  • Once the 7-year term has expired, classes older than 7 years will require the individual to retake the class for credit, and repay the $100.00 national ICM certification fee.
  • To remain active in the program, a minimum of one class each 12 months is required. Participants who have not completed a class within 12 months will receive a written notification from our staff about their inactivity. If no classes are completed for 12 months following that notification, participants will be removed from the program. If this occurs, the individual will need to reapply to continue their coursework. 



The curriculum consists of seven NCSC Institute for Court Management courses and a capstone of Arizona specific AZ PLUS courses. Information on each of these courses can be found at Course Delivery Formats | NCSC.  Five of the classes are 2.5 days in length, the other two (Educational Development & Public Relations) are 1.5 days. 

  • AZ PLUS—Executive Capstone  (1 day - no charge for this class) Topics Include:  
  • Balancing Judicial Independence and “Interdependencies”; Facilities Management; Security & Continuity of Operations (COOP)


Travel and per diem are the responsibility of each individual and / or their court. Tribal court employees are subject to additional program fees. Please contact Education Services ([email protected]) for further information.


Certified Court Executive (CCE) Credit: There is a $100.00 ICM fee per each of the ICM courses (Exceptions: the Public Relations and Educational Development courses are $60 each). 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: The ICM Certified Court Manager (CCM) certification must be obtained prior to the ICM Certified Court Executive (CCE) certification. This also applies if participants are planning to attend the Institute for Court Management Fellows program. Please contact us at [email protected] for further information.