The 2020 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program was held February 6-7 in Bay Harbor. The 2021 ZAC Program will be held in January or February. To add your name to the notification list for the 2021 program, email

All registrants of the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program training will receive:

  • A binder with materials associated with each of the eight modules in the program (300+ pages). These may include:
    • A copy of all PowerPoint slides,
    • A copy of all special handouts, such as sample job description,sample zoning forms,sample ethics materials,sample checklists and all class exercises.
    • A summary of about 300 Michigan Appellate Court Cases that are most relevant to day-to-day zoning administration (not available separately).
  • A copy of the “Michigan Planning Guidebook, 2nd Ed.
  • A copy of the “Michigan Zoning Guidebook, 3rd Ed.”

Participants who meet all the prerequisites and successfully pass the test at the end of each of the eight modules will receive a framed certificate indicating successful completion of the program.

Reimbursement Scholarships

Several entities think the education of zoning administrators is so important that they are willing to offer scholarships for participation.

  • Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA): Offers grant funding (partial reimbursement of the course fee) to its members. For details and to apply for the grant, please contact MMRMA directly.
  • Nickel & Saph, Inc. Insurance Agency: Offers a $500 scholarship to its municipal clients. For details, please contact Stephen Saph, Jr. at or call (800) 657-7373.
  • Michigan Townships Participating Plan: Offers scholarships to members insured through the Michigan Township Participating Plan for the Michigan Citizen Planner Program or the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. For more information, please visit us on the web at


If you have questions about upcoming trainings or how to register for the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program, please please email or call 517-353-6472.

Accommodations for Disabled Persons

Accommodations for people with disabilities may be requested by emailing or calling 517-353-6472 prior to the registration deadline (14 days prior to the training start date). Requests received after that date will be met if possible but are not guaranteed.