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
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.
2021 Acceptance Requirements
Be currently employed with a city, county, state, or tribal government. Employees of nonprofits who exclusively work on government contracts may be accepted upon the program's discretion.
Currently manage/supervise at least one employee (or have done so within the last year).
Letter of recommendation from your current supervisor (or a recent one) demonstrating your quality as a candidate for the program.
Meet the additional training requirement or submit a satisfactory plan for completing it by the end of the program.
2021 Application Process
Update your resume and collect proof of completion of the Supervisory Training Requirement and/or write your Learning Plan.
Obtain a letter of recommendation from a current or recent supervisor. Note: This is not a letter of financial support, but a letter about why you would be a good candidate for and benefit from our program.
Complete the online Certified Public Manager Application Form, uploading all documents to the form.
Your application will be reviewed within 1-2 weeks of submission. Incomplete documentation may delay review and decision.
Once you're accepted, you'll receive a notification with registration information and other details about getting ready to start your program!
Supervisory training completed within the last 10 years can be counted towards the requirement. Candidates can simply submit transcripts/certificates of completion from the "Pre-Approved Courses" list. Other trainings may be accepted after review (see "Other Courses").
Courses from these providers have been pre-approved to count toward the Supervisory Training Requirement. Candidates must provide proof of completion, but do not need to complete the Supervisory Training Evaluation Form. Candidates are allowed to combine training from different sources.
We recognize that many Washington agencies do not have the funding for previous trainings and that many training organizations have reduced their offerings during the pandemic. Because of this, we are temporarily accepting the following Coursera offerings towards the supervisory training requirement. Candidates should enroll in the Certificate option:
We recognize that many Washington agencies do not have the funding for previous trainings and that many training organizations have reduced their offerings during the pandemic. Because of this, we are temporarily accepting the following LinkedIn Learning offerings towards the supervisory training requirement:
Learning Path: Develop Critical-Thinking, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving Skills (5 hours)
Learning Path: Advance Your Skills as a Manager (5 hours)
A wide range of other courses through colleges, universities, and employers may count towards the requirement upon review. Course content will be evaluated based upon its alignment with the National CPM Core Competencies. It is the responsibility of the student to provide evidence that shows the coursework has been completed and that the course meets the required number of hours and Core Competencies.
Complete the Evaluation Form and provide the following for all submitted trainings:
Titles and course descriptions
Number of contact hours
Syllabus and/or learning outcomes
Proof of completion
Connection to the CPM Core Competencies and supervisory skills
Option 2: Learning Plan / Concurrent Completion
If a candidate doesn't have the full 40 hours of supervisory training at the time of application, they can submit a written plan on how they will complete the requirement prior to the end of the CPM program.
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.