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Certified Public Manager program

The Certified Public Manager Program (CPM) provides managers at all levels of government a foundation of knowledge and skills in management practice.

Program Objectives

  • Provide public sector employees an opportunity to grow professionally and personally.
  • Foster effective management practices in government agencies.

Program Background

The design of the CPM Program complies with guidelines and standards established by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium and its curriculum requirements. Graduates of the program are eligible for membership in the American Academy of Certified Public Managers.

Program Description

Candidates attend classes in 24-hour blocks once per month (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) for 12 months, a total of 288 contact hours. The topics covered include the following:

  • Management Basics
  • Management Practices I, II, III
  • Innovation and Process Improvement
  • State and Local Governments
  • Legislative Process
  • Ethical Behavior for Managers
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Writing
  • Law for Public Managers
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • History and Culture of Kansas
  • Oral Communication I & II
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Political Characteristics of Kansas
  • Diversity of Faiths in Kansas
  • Professional Conference
Program Management

The KU Public Management Center, by formal agreement, administers the program.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

K-State employees who wish to make application to the CPM Program should:

  1. Be a supervisor or manager;
  2. Have at least one full year of government employment;
  3. Be nominated by their department; and
  4. Be recommended by the K-State Selection Committee

An application for appointment to the Certified Public Manager Program may be obtained from the Division of Human Resources, Learning & Development at 785-532-6277.

Applicants selected to represent K-State will receive a letter of admission and an information packet from the KU Public Management Center in Topeka.

Program Cost

The cost to complete the program is $2,000 per candidate, paid by the sponsoring department. The fee covers tuition and materials.