Your online learning journey begins here...

Welcome to MTA Online! If your township has already purchased an MTA Online Annual Subscription package, read on for details on how to start learning! 

Looking to learn more about MTA Online packages, and how to get signed up? Visit the MTA Online Subscription page here.

Getting Started with your MTA Online subscription package

All township officials and team members who had an email address on file with MTA at the time of your enrollment will be automatically subscribed and an email confirmation sent to the address on file. (See below for details on requesting accounts for new users at your township.)

Your login for this site is now the same email address and password used for your MTA member website access. Once you are logged in, click on MY WEBCASTS in the navigation bar to see the webcasts included in your package.

Click the name of the webcast you wish to view. From here you can download the presentation and other materials on the "Handouts" tab, see MTA publications and other resources on related topics on the "Resources" tab, or navigate to the "Content" tab and click the first segment to begin (click the green "View" to begin the first video).

We strongly recommend running a self-test on your computer before attempting to view your first webcast. Visit our Getting Started page to see additional information on system requirements.

Adding New Users
Remember, your MTA Online subscription includes access not only for elected officials, but also for deputies, members of boards and commissions, township staff and even volunteers! Additional users who were not included in your initial roster may be added at any time. Each individual must have a unique email address that is not shared with another user. 

To add a new user, simply follow the instructions available here for adding or updating users. Once your roster is updated, email to let us know, and we'll grant access to any new or updated users. Please note: Although new users added later in the year may see a later expiration date listed in their account or for specific webcasts, all individuals from your township will be subject to the original renewal/expiration date set by the township's subscription purchase date.

Bonus Content & Classes
New courses or additional content may be added throughout the year for Premium and Plus level subscriptions but is not guaranteed; details will be emailed to subscription holders when available. Premium Pass subscription holders will get automatic access to recorded versions of MTA New Officials Training, Treasurer's Guide to Tax Collection and Board of Review Training from April through June, 2021.


Each subscription level includes a specific set of webcast courses, with access available for individuals affiliated with that specific member township. Additional courses may be added but are not guaranteed. To access courses not included at your subscription level, you may purchase them individually, or upgrade your subscription (contact MTA for details). Each user account must have a unique email address and password, as well as required contact information, in order to access the subscription. Some courses may be limited to a specific window of time. MTA Online subscriptions do not include access to, or registration for, any live or in-person classes or workshops unless specified in writing by MTA. You may not use your township's subscription to provide access to another person who is not affiliated with your township. See terms & conditions for additional details.

As always, we encourage you to reach out should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, either now or further along your learning journey! Contact us by phone at (517) 321-6467 or email

Happy Learning,

The MTA Knowledge Center

What's included?

Premium Pass

This "All You Can Learn" subscription includes year-round access to every title in our Essentials and Plus packages (described below) as well as 10 additional titles, nine of which are "master level" Township Governance Academy courses. (Only two additional live courses are needed to complete the required TGA course curriculum! Learn more here.)

Get access to ALL titles listed in Essentials & Plus packages,
as well as Premium-only titles, including:
  • At Your Service: Meeting Township Needs                           
  • Board Roles & Relations 
  • Fundamentals of Assessment & Taxation 
  • How Boards Make Decisions 
  • Land Use: Defining Your Township’s Future 
  • Making Meetings Work More Effectively 
  • Managing Your Township Team 
  • Township Finances 
  • Urban Cooperation 
  • Utilizing Strategic Planning
Additional courses recently added or updated:
  • Elections Tips & Fundamentals
  • Emerging Issues in Planning & Zoning
  • Cemetery Management
  • Roles & Functions of the ZBA
  • All four New Officials Training webcasts
  • Treasurer’s Guide to Tax Collecting

Also includes access to MTA's Now You Know webinar series, including:

  • Budgeting... It's a Process
  • Board Compensation
  • FOIA: What's all the Fuss?
  • OMA is Here to Stay
  • What the Board Needs to Know about Planning & Zoning
  • Taking Township Minutes
  • My Deputy & Me
  • What the Board Needs to Know about Elections
  • What the Board Needs to Know about Tax Collection
  • And more!

  • Premium Pass subscriber also get 20% off other live online events 
  • AND a 20% discount off in-person learning!
Plus Package

Get access to all 10 titles listed in the Essentials Package (Option 3), plus five more specialized topics that take your township in-depth on additional services some townships provide. Titles include:

  • Cemetery Management 
  • Governing an Accountable Fire Department
  • Intro to P & Z
  • Roles and Functions of the ZBA
  • Ordinance Enforcement
  • Emerging Issues in Planning & Zoning (new in 2020!)

Essentials Package

Offers access to 10 "essential" courses, featuring topics designed for all board members and required knowledge for all townships. Titles include:

  • Accounting & Payroll
  • Building a Better Budget
  • Effectively Exercising Board Authority
  • Exploring Township Revenue Sources
  • Meeting Misconceptions
  • Secrets to Great Board Meetings
  • Spending Public Money
  • Special Assessment Procedures
  • Taxation Trouble Spots
  • Who Gets Paid What … and How?