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What is CORE® ?

The NACM CORE® is a comprehensive training program for court managers.  NACM’s intent in promoting these competencies goes beyond providing competencies for professionals working in court administration but to also promote excellence in the administration of justice and court management.  The CORE® has been structured to provide consistent information across all competencies.  This consistent structure allows the reader to quickly define and review the indicators of competence and to see how the competency is demonstrated in everyday work and in different types of courts/court functions.

How can I use the CORE® ?

Part of NACM’s mission is to promote and encourage the continuing education opportunities of court managers.  NACM feels that the mastering the field of court administration is a lifelong process of learning.  The CORE® is developed such that those in the field of court administration can become familiar with its principles through self-education, educational sessions and more in-depth skills-based trainings.

Attend Educational Sessions

NACM and its many partners – National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE), state associations and more – offer a variety of educational sessions that reflect and adapt many of the learning objectives in the various CORE®competencies.  The best opportunity for such sessions is a NACM conference.  Many of the sessions at NACM conferences are recorded and posted for viewing with many sessions focusing more in-depth on a CORE® competency.  The 2023 NACM Midyear Conference had three CORE sessions and the 2023 NACM Annual Conference will have two CORE sessions- (1) Public Relations and (2) Budget and Fiscal Management.


Each of the elements of the Core system consists of three main components:

  • Relevance
  • Application
  • Related Competencies

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