Certified Public Manager® Program

Person delivering a speach. Audience at a conference presentation.Why become a Certified Public Manager®?

Becoming a Certified Public Manager® (CPM) is one of the best things one can do as a public servant in the State of Arkansas. This program is designed to help refine and improve the management skills of today’s emerging leaders in state, local government, and nonprofit agencies, so they can serve their fellow Arkansans at the highest level.

The Certified Public Manager® designation is recognized in almost 40 states and the District of Columbia as being the premier designation for governmental managers.  It shows that you are dedicated to your position and are professionally equipped to better handle the roles required of mid- and upper-level governmental staff and elected officials.

Certified Public Manager® basics:

The CPM program is made up of two levels, the Arkansas Governmental Manager (AGM), which is a state-level certification, and the Certified Public Manager® (CPM), which is a national-level certification. Management in the public sector is very different from management in the business sector, and the CPM program is designed to add these skills to the toolboxes of our public sector managers. The AGM coursework focuses on leadership skills, program management, and the further development of management skills of program participants.  The CPM coursework is designed to further advance and refine participants’ management skills and augment their professional development.

NEW! 2016-2017 CPM Program Nomination Packet