Maryland Courts

Court Supervisor/Manager Certificate Program (CSMC)

What is CS/MC?
CS/MC stands for Court Supervisor/Manager Certificate. The goal of this program is to promote professional growth and development by educating lead workers, supervisors, managers, Court Professional Certificate (CPC) graduates and Institute for Court Management (ICM) graduates about leadership and the Maryland court system.

What is the length of the program?
The CS/MC program will take three years to complete.

How many courses comprise the program?
There are twelve courses to be completed. Each course is either one or two days in length.

Where and when will the courses be held?
All courses will be held at the Judiciary Education & Conference Center in Annapolis. Dates are prescheduled, approximately 8 per year. Courses are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Who is eligible to apply for the program?
The CS/MC program is open to Judiciary employees who are lead workers, supervisors, managers, CPC graduates, or ICM graduates. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of service with the Judiciary as of the application deadline. Also, employees must have received an overall rating of “meets standards” or above on their last annual performance appraisal or certify that their work performance “meets standards” or is above “meets standards.”

Is this program open to county or city-paid Judiciary employees?
Yes. All courses offered by the Office of Professional Development are open to state, county, and city-paid Judiciary employees.

What is required in order to apply?
Applicants must submit an application form, an essay explaining why they want to be considered for the program, and a letter of recommendation from their highest, direct administrative official (e.g. for state-paid Judiciary employees: Clerk of the Court, Administrative Clerk, Assistant Administrator of the AOC, Executive Director for DCHQ, or Administrative Commissioner; for county or city-paid Judiciary employees: Administrative Judge or Court Administrator).

Do I have to type my essay?
It is preferred that you type and sign your essay.

May I fax or e-mail my application?
No. Only originals will be accepted. Make copies for you, your supervisor, and your administrative official.

When is the application deadline?
All applicant materials must be received in the Office of Professional Development by close of business on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Must I attend each course?
In order to graduate, all courses must be completed in their entirety.

When will I receive notification of a decision?
Following the six-member Applicant Selection Panel review, decision letters will be mailed to all applicants by November 12, 2015.

Do I have to keep a journal in order to graduate?
Yes. After attending each course, students are required to write a journal entry highlighting what they learned and how they have used use the information. The Professional Development Subcommittee reviews each journal before graduation. Any deficiencies must be corrected before the student is eligible to graduate.

What are the differences among the CS/MC program, the ICM program, and the CPC
program?

A special information sheet has been created to compare all three programs. It is located at
http://mdcourts.gov/professionaldev/csmc.html.

Will there be an information session conducted?
Yes. One-hour, informational webinars will be held on Monday, September 28, and Tuesday, October 6 at both 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Webinars are conducted by a presenter using Go-to-Meeting. You will view a PowerPoint presentation on your computer, and you will use your telephone to participate in the conference call. There is no need to leave your office. In order to sign up for the webinar, please e-mail Nancy.Kline@mdcourts.gov with the date and time you would like to attend. First, please secure permission from your supervisor or manager.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Contact Nancy Kline in the Office of Professional Development at (410) 260-3604 or at Nancy.Kline@mdcourts.gov