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Utah Certified Public Manager® Program


The Utah Certified Public Manager® Program increases the professional performance of current and future government managers. Certified Public Manager® is a professional designation granted by nationally accredited programs in state and federal governments. The CPM Program increases the capacity of its participants to effectively lead people, manage work processes and develop self mastery. The Utah CPM Program consists of three courses addressing leadership and management skills. The program is administered by the State of Utah Department of Human Resource Management.

What will I learn and accomplish in CPM?

Utah’s CPM curriculum incorporates core competencies as outlined by the National CPM Consortium. The competencies are aimed at strengthening participants’ breadth and skill as a public manager. This includes exposing participants to new concepts, skills and experiences not part of their everyday routine. The purpose is to widen the scope of understanding of government operations and the management discipline.

Participants are directed toward performance outcomes. When you enter a CPM course, you can expect to gain knowledge and achieve results that increase your professional capacity and experience. Click on Course Descriptions & Performance Outcomes to see what you will accomplish in the Utah CPM Program.

When and Where are the next classes?

Click on Schedule to access the classroom locations and course schedules. Additionally, web-based classes will be offered for Courses 1 and 2 that can be accessed anywhere internet is available.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the program is $750 per course. Full certification (3 courses) totals $2,250.

How do I register?

Registration for Fall Term will begin in July. Check back to link to registration.

Who are the Instructors?

CPM instructors are experienced practitioners who understand adult learners’ need for experiential learning and practical application. Click on Instructors for a brief introduction.

How are courses organized?

  • Three courses (10-12 weeks each) are organized into modules. See the Module Descriptions. Participants attend one day each week 8am-4pm.
  • Performance Outcomes define the practical learning tasks students can expect to accomplish in each module of the Utah CPM program.
  • Experience a variety of instructors. During the quarter students may experience several different instructors who facilitate specific modules rather than entire courses. See Instructors to learn more about the program instructors.
  • CPM certification requires completion of the three core courses plus elective credits within a five year time period. See CPM Elective Credit for more detail.
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