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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, local 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 is co-sponsored by the Utah Department of Human Resource Management and the Utah System of Higher Education.

What will I learn and accomplish in CPM?

Utah’s CPM curriculum incorporates core competencies as outlined by the National CPM Consortium. 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. Review Course Descriptions & Performance Outcomes to see what you will accomplish in the Utah CPM Program.

When and Where are the next classes?

A full schedule of classes is offered in Salt Lake City starting every January, April and September. Click on Schedule to access the upcoming Spring Class Locations and Course Schedules. Web-based courses run concurrently with live classes and can be accessed anywhere via internet. Classes can be arranged anywhere in Utah when there is sufficient demand. If you are interested in participating in a course outside of Salt Lake County in the future, please contact JJ Acker at or (801)664-0364 or Please indicate which course you are interested in and location preference.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the program is $750 per course in Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Summit, Tooele and Weber Counties and for all web-based courses. Classes offered in other counties are $850 per course. Certification (completion of all 3 courses) will total $2,250-$2,550, depending on location.

How do I register?

Click on Fall Registration to be directed to the registration information flyer. Click here to go directly to the online registration system.

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?

  • Each course is organized into modules. See Module Descriptions.
  • 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. Students may experience several different instructors who facilitate specific modules rather than entire courses. See Instructors to learn more about 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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