Certified Public Manager Programs

The Certified Public Manager (CPM) program is a nationally accredited leadership and management development program for government managers.

The core curriculum is grounded in the seven (7) CPM competencies as required by the National CPM Consortium Bylaws:

  1. Personal and Organizational Integrity
  2. Managing Work
  3. Leading People
  4. Developing Self
  5. Systemic Integration
  6. Public Service Focus
  7. Change Leadership

We offer two CPM programs, unique in the nation as the only programs accredited by the National Consortium for a local government and a region. The Program for Excellence in Municipal Management (PEMM) is accredited for the District of Columbia, and the Regional Executive Development Program (REDP) is accredited for the member jurisdictions of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Those who complete the 300-hour, one-year program earn a national trademark designation of CPM for certified public managers.

The programs' strengths, including the use of a cohort format to establish and strengthen a network of relationships across agencies and political jurisdictions and a required government transformation project, in which participants work in small teams to develop recommendations for improving an identified area of government service, are widely acclaimed as best practices by the other members of the National Consortium.

"The curriculum is sound, the instructors engaging, and the network you'll build is invaluable. This program is a must for emerging leaders to cement their place in a national group of CPM's whose reputation for excellence is renowned. It is for these reasons and many more, that I recommend this program [so] highly."  
Ryan Brookes
Intergenerational Programs Director, McLean Community Center
Regional Executive Development Program Alumnus