CPM Program at CU Denver
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CPRA has partnered with the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, to bring professional development opportunities to CPRA members. 
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 University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. 

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.

The program is comprised of six courses and a capstone project. 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 can use the CPM certification as 6 elective credits in the Master of Public Administration Program at CU Denver. 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 two exclusive ways! 

Option 1- Complete the Certified Public Manager Certification
Participants will have 3 years to complete all of the CPM course offerings and complete a capstone project. Upon completion, participants become CPM Certified though CU Denver.

CPRA members register at the discounted rate of $400/course (a $100 savings). That's a $600 savings for individuals receiving credit in the CPM program.

To receive the discounted registration rate, you must be a current CPRA member and registration must be completed through the CPRA website.

If you are interested in applying to receive the full CPM certificate and are not yet in the program, please apply here.

Option 2- Attend any CPM Course Offering
CPRA members can choose to attend any CPM course offering a la carte style. Each course is $300.


Strategic Planning and Management
Curriculum 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.

July 12-13, 2019
8:30am-4:30pm each day
CU Denver Downtown Campus

Register Now! 

2019 CPM Denver Schedule-  

Managing Crises, Emergencies and Disasters, January 18-19

Fostering & Managing Organizational Innovation- March 22-23

Public Engagement and Communication- May 3-4

Strategic Planning and Management, July 12-13

Management Fundamentals and Emerging Trends- September 13-14 (tentative)

Leadership in Organizations- November 8-9 (tentative)

Click here for a printable schedule.