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Certified Public Manager Program

What is the Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program?

The Certified Public Manager® designation is awarded to public sector middle managers who have completed the required 300 hours of study through a CPM program accredited by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium. CPM programs are sponsored and operated by a public sector agency or university in a state or other political jurisdiction.

The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program open to managers in federal, state and local government agencies. Some states also open enrollment to non-profit organizations.

What is the goal?

The program’s primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local and federal governments. The program is a comprehensive course of study by which public managers can acquire and apply best practices and theory to their management behaviors and strategies using prescribed sets of professional competencies.

What is in the program curriculum?

The curriculum uses theory as the foundation and applies it to practical problems facing the participant, their agency/department and the citizens. The curriculum is built upon the following seven management competencies:

  • Personal and organizational integrity.
  • Managing work.
  • Leading people.
  • Developing self.
  • Systemic integration.
  • Public service focus.
  • Change leadership.

Delivery methods and schedules, and instructional tools are chosen by individual programs.  Some programs are exam based, some are project based, some are a combination of both. A small number of states offer the classes 100% online while others are either fully classroom based or classroom based with some online enhancements.

What is specific to Oklahoma's CPM?

Oklahoma’s CPM program was recently redesigned to a 12-month cohort, beginning in January and graduating in December each year. Recruiting applicants begins each August. Successful candidates can expect:

  • To be nominated by someone in their agency.
  • Their nominator to be interviewed by the CPM administration team.
  • To be interviewed by the CPM administration team.
  • Accepted into the program alongside 30-35 applicants. 

How and when will I hear about the next cohort?

Information on nominations for the Certified Public Manager program is communicated each June for the following year's class via govDelivery. Sign up to receive information from Statewide Learning Services.

Last Modified on Aug 23, 2023
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