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Certified Public Manager Program at UCD
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CPRA has partnered with the Center for Local Government Research and Training in the Buechner Institute for Governance at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver.
The Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program is a nationally recognized comprehensive management development certification offering participants the skills-based knowledge necessary to improve themselves and their organizations. The CPM is offered to Colorado residents by the Buechner Institute of Governance at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver.

CPM is for leaders and managers working in the public and the non-profit sectors—including federal, state and local professionals—who serve the public. The first CPM program was developed in 1979. The National CPM Consortium now has 40 states, territories and the District of Columbia as members. Individuals completing the CPM are eligible to become members of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers. The CPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals around Colorado.

Courses include two days of in-person instruction, plus online assignments and discussion. Instruction focuses on “real world” problems and situations. The complete CPM program requires 300 hours of structured course work including a capstone project which requires practical applications of skills learned to workplace situations or programmatic challenges. New courses start every other month and participants can begin the program with any course except the capstone. Individuals who complete the CPM certification are eligible for advanced standing in the Masters in Public Administration Program at UCD. The MPA can be completed online, through weekend intensive courses, on the Downtown Denver campus.

Through this partnership, CPRA Members are able participate in the CPM Program in three exclusive ways! All registrations must be completed through the CPRA website.

Option 1- Complete the Certified Public Manager Certification
Participants will have 2-3 years to complete all of the CPM course offerings and complete a capstone project. Upon completion, participants become CPM Certified though UCD. CPRA members register at the discounted rate of $400 per course. Regular registration is $500 per course for individuals receiving credit in the CPM program. That's a $600 savings for CPRA Members!

Option 2- Complete the CPRA Leadership Program

Program begins with Leadership in Organizations (each year at the annual conference), Public Engagement and Fostering & Managing Organizational Innovation. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate of completion from CPRA/UCD. Each course is $300.

Option 3- Attend any CPM Course Offering

CPRA members can choose to attend any CPM course offering a la carte style. Each course is $300.

Registration Now Open-

Strategic Planning and Management
March 3-4, 2017
8:30am-4:30pm each day

UCD Downtown Campus

Includes: analytic techniques in strategic planning, understanding fiscal & budgetary approaches and management, understanding public involvement in policy making and governmental operations, and use of critical tools, such as managing collaborations, governance opportunities, and partnerships. Click here to register.

Next Course-

Public Engagement and Communication
May 5-6, 2017
Includes: working with elected officials, establishing working relationships with key partners (w/in and w/out organizations), media relations and effective presentations. Registration will open March 10, 2017.

Upcoming Courses-

View the 2017-2018 Course Schedule.


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