Total Certificate Cost (2023-24)
Textboooks not included (apprx $100 - $200)
Option 1: pay for the entire program at registration
Option 2: make up to 5 payments
*Includes 2.5% non-refundable registration fee
2023-24 Cohort Start Date: mid-August 2023
Live, virtual classes meet weekday mornings, every two weeks
4 in-person workshop days at UW Tacoma (Late August, January, April/May, late June)
Additional online and project-based work required
This program meets primarily ONLINE, with select sessions at UW Tacoma
Washington's Certified Public Manager program is designed for high-achieving, career-oriented public supervisors and managers who hold or are looking towards mid-or senior-level positions. As such, it is one of the few programs in the Professional Development Center that requires an application.
Currently hold a management or leadership position with a city, county, state, or tribal government; a public educational institution; a port, public utility, or other special district; or another type of public agency.
"Management or leadership position" can mean many things, including but not limited to
Manages/supervises one or more employees and/or
Leads cross-divisional teams or groups and/or
Is part of the organization's "management team" and/or
Has responsibility for developing policies affecting all or a subset of the organization (team, division, department, etc) and/or
Has responsibility over budget and spending for all or a subset of the organization
At least three years of professional work experience with at least one year of work in or engagement with a public organization (on boards, as a volunteer, etc).
Encouraged but NOT Required
Some foundational training in state / public ethics, preventing sexual harassment, and implicit bias or introduction to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Resume showing your current employer and major areas of responsibility, past professional work experience, and past education and training.
Letter of recommendation from a current or past supervisor or mentor, explaining how you possess the Candidate Qualities and how you will benefit from the program.
Candidate statement answering the below questions in written form (1 - 2 pages) or as a short video (3 - 5 minutes):
Why do you want to pursue the CPM® designation?
How do you see this program fitting into your career journey?
How do you see this program benefitting your organization and/or community?
If you do not currently supervise/manage employees, how to you plan to apply the concepts you're learning and complete major course projects?
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.