Arizona Court Manager (ACM)



Second-level managers, senior supervisors or participants completing the Arizona Court Supervisor (ACS) program are eligible for enrollment in the ACM program.  Participants must currently be a judicial branch employee. 

Admission:   To apply for admission to the Arizona Court Manager program complete a program application form. (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 AND the individual responsible for funding approval (court/dept. paying the certification fee, travel costs, etc.) if not the individuals listed. 

  • Completed applications may be submitted through email to [email protected] or by mail. 

ACM Application (rev. 2023)


To register for the Arizona Court Manager program, DOWNLOAD, complete and submit:

 Court/Department Application








AOC Application:  

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

ACM Application (rev. 2023)

(AOC Staff)

To register for the Arizona Court Manager program as an AOC Employee, DOWNLOAD, complete and submit:
 AOC Staff - ACM 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.  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: 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 ACM program within seven years of the first class taken. Once the 7-year term has expired, classes older than seven 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, complete a minimum of one class each 12 months following admittance to the ACM program. Inactive participants will be removed from the program 12 months following a written notification of inactivity from our staff. If this occurs, the individual must reapply to continue coursework.  

Courses consist of six National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Institute for Court Management courses. Information on each of the ICM courses can be found at Certified Court Manager Certification (CCM) | NCSC.  Each of these classes, when held in person at the Judicial Education Center (JEC) in Phoenix, are 2.5 days in length. 


Additionally required classes are two Arizona-specific AZ PLUS courses and an Arizona-specific capstone:

AZ PLUS—Manager:

  • ADR/Specialty Courts: This course discusses alternative methods for resolving criminal and civil cases. The class describes the “problem solving courts” currently being used in Arizona and the practices and principles which govern their operation.  (3 hour class - normally following the Caseflow & Workflow Management course)
  • Managing Diversity: This course focuses on understanding and placing value on diversity in the workplace. The development of strategies to coach a diverse workgroup is one of the goals of this course. (3 hour class - normally following the Workforce Management course)
  • Capstone: Civil Case Management; Inherent Powers; The Court's Role in the Community; Judicial Selection; Election Issues / Political Activity; Jury Management; Court Records: Retention Methods, Public Access & Privacy; Probation Trends in Arizona; Governance & Administration of Justice; and Court Management Functions - Performance Improvement: Managing the Core of our Business. (appx. 2-day course)


Program Cost: 

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

Course Location:  Classes are held in person at the Judicial Education Center (JEC) at 3003 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix, AZ. 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 Manager (CCM) Certification:

Participants must pay a $100.00 ICM fee per each of the 6 ICM courses (there is no charge for the two 3-hour classes or the Capstone) to obtain the national ICM certification. As you successfully register 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 will be working toward their 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.  After that date, they are NON-REFUNDABLE; 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.