Risk Management Service Agency

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RMSA provides members with tools and educational opportunities to better manage your risk. Our training is tailored to municipalities, and always free for RMSA members. Our robust scholarship program allows RMSA members to get funding to attend other trainings that can help lower liability or property risks.

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Featured trainings

Our featured trainings are focused to help you meet RMSA Member Standards that require training. In most cases, you will need to login to view the training. Contact RMSA for your training login.

RMSA U online

Our extensive catalog of online courses, most just 30-minutes each, focusing on preventing risks facing municipalities. Topics include management, public works, human resources, public safety, and more. Login to RMSA U for the complete course listing.


Human resources trainings

Discipline and termination

Learn to follow a solid discipline and termination process that is fair to your employees and protects the employer against legal action.


Elected officials trainings

Knowing the legal territory

This video series is a must-see for every newly elected mayor and councilmember. Fulfils the Open Government Training Act requirement for elected officials.


Law enforcement trainings

Methamphetamine and your community

Recognize the physical symptoms, and identify the environmental hazards of methamphetamine. Explore community-wide cooperation efforts.


Firefighting trainings

Fire behavior – Fire growth and fire stages

Understanding the basics of combustion and the way fire behaves. Identifying heat sources that can fuel a fire, and recognizing the components of a fire tetrahedron.


Public works trainings

Sewer systems

Community wastewater management and sewer systems play an important role in sanitation and disease prevention. Review the operation, maintenance, and management of wastewater and sewer systems.


Tutorials and more

Welcome to the AWC Risk Management Service Agency

Security. Stability. Service. We’re ready to serve the cities, towns and municipal entities in Washington. Get some highlights about RMSA services including grants, trainings, loss prevention, pre-litigation services, loss prevention and more.


On-site trainings

See upcoming AWC events to register for any of the following, prior to the event.

Anti-harassment training
May 8 | Rosalia
May 29 | Castle Rock

Public Records Act training
August 13 | Naches
August 29 | Yelm
September 3 | Harrington


Lexipol training resources

Lexipol is a nationally recognized leader in risk management for police and jail agencies. Topical monthly webinars and daily training bulletins are available for members enrolled in Lexipol.


AWC Conferences

RMSA provides scholarships to the following AWC events:


Labor Relations Institute

May 1-3, 2019 | Yakima
Labor Relations Institute is the premier training event for public sector human resources professionals in Washington. The Institute offers important legal updates, practical guidance, labor relations strategies and networking opportunities to help attendees navigate the complex and ever-changing world of HR.

This conference is for:

  • City and county human resources and labor relations directors and staff, managers and administrators, department heads and supervisors, attorneys, and elected officials
  • Officials in similar positions who work for special purpose districts and state agencies

Note – attendance at the Institute is limited to those who solely represent the interests of management.


AWC Annual Conference

June 25-28, 2019 | Spokane
AWC’s Annual Conference offers a city-focused agenda, with general sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, an exhibit and social events designed to maximize the attendee experience. This conference offers educational, thought-provoking and inspiring sessions about a wide variety of city issues.

This conference is for:

  • City councilmembers, mayors, managers and administrators, and department heads
  • State agency, nonprofit and business personnel with a close working relationship to city decision-makers


Member Expo

October 17-18, 2019 | Chelan
Through AWC's Member Expo, members of AWC’s Member Pooling Programs come together to learn more about how to maximize program benefits and invest in their employees. This event provides educational sessions featuring information that helps attendees extract the greatest value from AWC services and programs, and provides an update on rates, trends, loss prevention, and new laws and legal opinions.

This conference is for:

  • Mayors and city staff who are members of any AWC Member Pooling Program
  • Staff from other jurisdictions who are a member of an AWC Member Pooling Program

Note – attendance at the Expo is limited to those jurisdictions that are members of AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers' Comp Retro Program, or the Drug & Alcohol Consortium.


RMSA approved trainings

Training reduces risk! It's for this purpose that RMSA provides scholarships to help members attend approved workshops and trainings. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and pay for event registration only. You’ll find many trainings listed each month in RMSA News, selected to receive training scholarships. Just complete our easy scholarship application today!

Interested in attending a conference or workshop you don't see listed? Contact rmsa@awcnet.org to see if your course can be approved for scholarship funds!

APWA Conference

IACC Annual Conference

MRSC Public Records Act training: From A to Z

Open government training with the AG's Office

Short course on local planning

Top 10 public records act tips

WAPELRA Fall Conference

WA Paid Family and Medical Leave

Washington State Archives records management training


WFOA Annual Conference

WMCA Fall Mini Conference

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