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
The application materials are a way to confirm candidates meet the eligibility requirements and possess the Candidate Qualities, as well as make sure the CPM® program fits with their needs and goals.
- Online Certified Public Manager® Application Form, uploading all below documents to the form. (Letter of recommendation may be submitted separately.)
- 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.