CPM Program in the Mtns
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The Colorado Certified Public Manager® Program is now offered in the Mountains! For more details, click here!

CPM in the Mountains – Full Program

The CPM in the Mountains cohort is still accepting applications for new cohort members. Join a terrific group of Western Slope/Mountain Region professionals taking the CPM program together to learn, strengthen regional relationships, and work on group Capstone projects.  Application deadline for CPM in the Mountains is April 16. NOTE: Since the cohort has already begun, any new participants will need to take the Leadership in Organizations course in Denver (November 9-10, 2018) or in a future year.  


CPM in the Mountains – Single Sessions

There is additional space available for individuals who wish to take one or more of the CPM courses but not complete the certificate. Check out the CPM Single Session flyer for more information and dates.

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 1 year to complete all of the CPM course offerings and then complete a capstone project. Upon completion, participants become CPM Certified though CU Denver.  Interested parties will need to complete the CPM Application, and submit a resume and interest statement to Lisa VanRaemdonck. Once accepted, they will register for the course/s via the CPRA web site. 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.  

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. 

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.

To receive the discounted registration rate, registration must be completed through the CPRA website.

Registration Now Open-

Management Fundamentals & Emerging Trends
May 18-19, 2018
8:30am-4:30pm each day

Includes:  managing human resources, administrative legal issues, use of data in evidence based management, decision-making and reporting results.

Click here to register. 

2018 CPM Mountains Schedule-

Strategic Planning and Management- July 20-21, Vail (tentative dates)

Public Engagement and Communication- September 14-15, Glenwood Springs (confirmed)

Managing Crises, Emergencies and Disasters- November 16-17, Vail (confirmed)

Fostering and Managing Organizational Innovation- January 25-26, 2019, Glenwood Springs (confirmed)

Click here for a printable schedule.