Total Certificate Cost (2021-22)
$5,550 - $5,850*
Textboooks not included (apprx $300)
Early Bird: $1,108.50 per module
Standard: $1,168.50 per module
*Includes 2.5% non-refundable registration fee
2021-22 Cohort Start Date: mid-August 2021
Live, virtual classes meet weekday mornings, every two weeks.
4 in-person workshop days at UW Tacoma (August 27, January, April/May, late June)
Additional online and project-based work required.
This program meets ONLINE or at UW Tacoma
Creating thoughtful practitioners who can apply practical techniques to address public-sector challenges
We are proud to be the sole provider of the Certified Public Manager® in Washington state! The CPM® is a nationally-accredited, comprehensive leadership and management development program for professionals from all levels of government - city, county, state, and beyond.
Graduates of the UW Tacoma Certified Public Manager® program earn two high-value qualifications:
Certified Public Manager® designation
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
If you've been thinking about a Master in Public Administration but need something more flexible, affordable and more quickly achieved, this might be the program for you!
All Certified Public Manager® programs are built upon a set of key competencies but address them in unique and state-specific ways. Participants in the Washington CPM® program will find:
Context is Key - You are not just a manager, but a public sector manager. Find out what that really means.
Cohort + Community - We believe in building learning communities, inside and outside of our program. The network of peers you build in our program is just as important as the content you ingest.
Who should attend?
This intensive, 10-month program is designed for high-achieving, career-oriented public supervisors and managers who want to connect their leadership journey to their work in the public sector. Participants should currently supervise (or have recently supervised) at least one employee.
Great question! First, there is nothing quite like our program in Washington State because the National CPM Consortium only allows one Certified Public Manager® program per state.
Compared with similar leadership and management programs offered within government organizations, we think that UW Tacoma stands out as the leader in high-quality instruction, curriculum and innovative design. When you complete your certificate here, the "UW" will follow you to your next job, holding value longer than any internal training program might. We use a practical, hands-on approach, and our curriculum is based upon local needs determined by an advisory board of experienced local city, county and state public managers.
Compared with a Master in Public Administration program, the Certified Public Manager® engages students on similar competencies but at a much lower cost. Our students also have the benefit of being able to take learnings back to their places of work and see change happen immediately.
How can I pay for this program? Do you offer scholarships?
We do not currently offer any scholarships for this program, but we do have two ways to make paying more affordable:
Early Bird Discount - Save money by paying for your entire program by the Early Bird Deadline.
Pay Per Module - Split the program's cost into up to five installments, each payable no later than 2 weeks before each module's start date.
Many employers will pay for all or part of our program, which we are happy to facilitate! Please let us know if you need any documentation or language to help secure that.
Can I complete this program while working?
Of course! Our program is designed specifically for working professionals. All class sessions do meet during weekdays, but are scheduled to reduce time away from work as much as possible. Asynchronous online and project work can be done whenever best fits your schedule, as long as you meet stated deadlines.
Our program is a proud member of the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium, the body that establishes and preserves standards for the Certified Public Manager® (CPM) designation, a nationally-accredited, comprehensive management development program specifically designed to prepare managers for careers in federal, state, local government and in other organizations with a public purpose.