Certified Public Manager® Program

2018 CPM Graduates

Becoming a Certified Public Manager® (CPM) is one of the best things you can do. You will be professionally equipped to become a leader in the public sector. Through the program you will:

  • Develop your leadership skills to empower people and create positive change
  • Learn how to evaluate, plan and implement innovative ideas and approaches to public challenges
  • Refine your abilities to manage staff and deliver superior customer service
  • Improve your capabilities to evaluate the legal and policy compliance of your agency or organization
  • Broaden your professional networks

About the Arkansas Certified Public Manager® Program

The Arkansas CPM program is designed to help refine and improve the management skills of today’s emerging leaders in the Arkansas public sector. This includes government employees working in Arkansas (federal, state, county, and city), elected officials, and non-profit professionals. It is ideally suited for individuals that manage staff and/or programs or who will in the near future.

The Arkansas CPM program received national accreditation through the National CPM Consortium in 1991 and continues that relationship today. The program was most most recently reaccredited in June 2016. The CPM designation is recognized in 32 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Netherlands.

The program requires 300 hours of training including skill-building workshops, activities that apply what is being learned to current public challenges, and job-specific professional development. The  curriculum is based on seven competencies important for public managers. These competencies enable public managers to effectively lead people, manage work processes, and develop self-mastery. Participants are introduced to additional knowledge and skills to expand their vision, meet unexpected challenges, increase performance, set and achieve goals, and navigate the changing dynamics in the public sector.

For more information about CPM, contact APAC at apacprog@ualr.edu or (501) 569-3436.

Already a CPM Participant? Click here for access to program forms and documents.