Certified Public Manager

 

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Certified Public Manager® Program Overview

New for 2016-2017 - Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification is now part of the CPM Program.

The University of Washington Tacoma Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM) is a nationally accredited, comprehensive leadership and management development program for public managers and supervisors from all government levels. Washington State joins the more than 37 other states who belong to the National CPM Consortium, which establishes the accreditation requirements. The Certified Public Manager® Program is designed to create thoughtful practitioners who apply practical managerial techniques to address public-sector challenges. This 303 hour program (includes 40 hours of prerequisite training, a 10-hour Leadership Development Project and a 50-hour Capstone Project) is designed to be completed in twelve months. The 2016 cohort will also complete the requirements to become Lean Six Sigma Green Belts this year as part of the curriculum. 2016 CPM Flyer (PDF)

Certified Public Manager® program at UW Tacoma gains accreditation, graduates first class

TACOMA, WASH. — A national consortium has accredited UW Tacoma Certified Public Manager® (CPM) certificate program as the only such authorized program in the State of Washington. The CPM certificate is offered by the KeyBank Professional Development Center, the continuing education arm of UW Tacoma. The certificate is aimed at federal, state and local government managers and supervisors who want a comprehensive leadership development program. Upon completion of the certificate, these professionals will be equipped to lead their agencies toward continuous improvement and greater efficiency. The first cohort to graduate with the CPM certificate graduated in December 2014, and the next cohort is scheduled to start in January 2015. Read more about it...

Why choose UW Tacoma's Certified Public Manager® Program?

We use a hands-on, real world approach... The emphasis in this unique program is on practical application of theory that will maintain and improve managerial effectiveness while meeting the challenges of today’s public organizations. Unlike traditional programs that require a ten week, two night a week commitment, this condensed program meets once a month, midweek for two to three consecutive days from 8:30-4:30 p.m. Courses are highly interactive with lectures, self evaluation exercises, group activities, online web portfolios, learning logs, professional portfolio development and a capstone project. You'll work on a work-related project that meets the needs of your agency with an in-house advisory team. There is pre-class reading and assignments and post class journals to write. You'll gain valuable skills that can help you move to the next level and increase your visibility in your organization. You'll also have the opportunity to network with other colleagues in leadership positions in other public agencies.

Our curriculum is based upon local needs... Instructors are experienced public managers who know what it takes to be successful in the ever changing and evolving public sector. This curriculum has been developed with an advisory board, made up of local city, state and county public managers who understand the unique issues facing Washington state government agencies.

We believe in developing talent from within... Local agencies have the opportunity to create a pool of well-trained supervisors and managers who are prepared to move to the next level when vacancies occur. In-house candidates come with valuable knowledge about organizational culture and processes that allows them to ramp up faster saving time and money.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for high-achieving, career oriented public supervisors and managers who hold or desire to move into mid or senior level positions. Entrance requirements:

  • Participants must be currently employed in first-level supervisory or mid-management positions in city, county, state, tribal or non-profit agency.
  • Applicants must provide evidence in their application they have completed (or provide a written plan to complete) 40 hours of an approved First Level Supervision course(s) prior to certification. Download the Pre-Req Evaluation Form to see if your prior training qualifies.

2016-2017 Course Schedule

Module I: Leading Self

Module II: Leading Others

CPM Program Orientation and Personal Style
Thu/Fri/Sat - July 13, 14, 15, 2016 (Rough-Mack & Fraser)

Performance Feedback, Coaching and Human Resource Issues
Thu/Fri/Sat - Sept. 15, 16, 17, 2016 (Cynthia Shaffer)

Developing Yourself as a Leader
Thu/Fri/Sat - Aug. 18, 19, 20, 2016 (Rough-Mack)

Group Process, Conflict and Facilitation Methods
Thu/Fri/Sat - Oct. 20, 21, 22, 2016  (Bird and Woo)

 

Communicating Effectively:
Fri - Nov. 18, 2016 Presentations (Blewett)
Sat - Nov. 19, 2016 Writing (Whitling)

Module III: Leading Organizations

Module IV: Leading in a Political
& Societal System

Managing Performance and Data-Based Decision-Making
Thu/Fri - December 8, 9, 2016  (Willett)

Policy, Perspectives and Sustainability/Organizational
Thu/Fri/Sat – April 20, 21, 22, 2017   (Holden)

Process Improvement
Thu/Fri -  Jan. 5, 6, 2017 (corrected dates)  (Fraser)

Public Perception and the Role of Media
Thu – May 18, 2017 (Wilson)

Planning and Budgeting in the Public Sector
Thu/Fri – Feb. 16, 17, 2017 (Dzieza)

Cultural Competencies and Equity
Fri/Sat – May 19, 20, 2017 (Khaleghi)

Leading Change and Understanding Organizational Culture
Thu/Fri/Sat – Mar. 16, 17, 18, 2017  (Holden)

Capstone Project Presentations and Graduation
Thu – June 22, 2017 (date correction)
Project Presentations/Gallery Walk 12:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.  (Staff)
Graduation All Programs 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Certified Public Manager and UW Tacoma CPM Advisory Board Member, Betty Moss talks about the program…

“I was looking for training that would enhance my knowledge, skills and abilities in the area of program management and communication. We have all types of generations in the workforce and what I've been taught previously as a manager doesn’t work for all generations. The program gave me new tools to train, develop and manage staff, challenge my paradigms and learn new ways to communicate with people. The courses were a two way dialogue which made it a safe zone to ask challenging questions. The CPM program assisted me professionally with building a learning plan for my career. It has helped me build my profile that included demonstrated knowledge in the areas of performance management, program management and communication which led to several promotions within state government including performance manager, deputy administrator, program manager and Interim Vice President of the Washington State Society of Certified Public Managers.Read more about it...

Mitchell Stem talks about the impact that Public Sector Employee Training Programs have had in New Jersey. Read more about this in his article published in the PA Times...

Program Fees

The cost for this program is $4995. This fee includes books, materials, access to online resources, self evaluation tools. Fees can be paid on a class by class prior to the start of each course + a $10 registration fee or in a lump sum. (Non-refundable $50 application fee, $10 registration fee, daily parking fees, and meals are not included.) Funding may be available through VA. Check with your agency to see if funding is available for this professional development opportunity.

CPM® Course Modules

 

Apply for Admissions

This program is designed for high-achieving, career oriented public supervisors and managers who hold or desire to move into mid or senior level positions. Entrance requirements:

Please have the following documents ready for upload in Word or PDF format:

  • Participants must be currently employed in first-level supervisory or mid-management positions in city, county, state, tribal or non-profit agency.
  • Applicants must provide evidence in their application they have completed (or provide a written plan to complete) 40 hours of an approved First Level Supervision course(s) prior to certification. Download the Supervisory Pre-Req Evaluation Form
    • Current Resume
    • Letter of recommendation from supervisor
    • Proof of completion of 40 hour supervisory training (or written plan to do so)