Certified Public Manager Program

2022 CPM Registration - Open through December 17, 2021

The 2022 CPM Program will offer in-person and blended learning options for both CPM I (Year One) and CPM II (Year Two) levels.  While participants may register with their preferred learning option, offering either option will depend on having the minimum number of participants needed.  Participants will be informed at the close of registration whether both options are available, and the Program Track and dates the participant is assigned. If you have any questions about CPM registration, please contact AUM Continuing Education Coordinator Jasmine Richards at (334) 244- 3804 or by email at ceinfo@aum.edu

CPM Solution Alabama 2021

Solutions Alabama is the team capstone project of the CPM Program, where participants form teams to research and provide recommendations to relevant and interesting issues that impact Alabama. This year’s theme is:

Celebrating Alabama’s Progress
October 1, 2021 | 10 A.M. CST

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Certified Public Manager® Program

Continuing Education & Community Engagement at Auburn University at Montgomery offers the Certified Public Manager® (CPM) training program accredited through the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.  The CPM Program has been providing comprehensive training to current and future public sector managers across Alabama for over 30 years.

CPM is a dynamic and engaging training program that develops and enhances the leadership skills of managers by utilizing course material, projects and learning  requirements that inspire innovative approaches to strengthening engagement and solving problems. CPM participants connect with leaders from across Alabama to strengthen their leadership behaviors in order to improve organizational culture and results for Alabama’s citizens.

Certification Levels

Accredited CPM Programs consist of a minimum of 300 contact hours of structured learning activities and successful completion of a capstone project.

Alabama’s CPM Program is conducted in two segments:  CPM I and CPM II.  Each segment is presented two consecutive days per month over a nine-month period.  The total time to complete the certification program is 18 months.

  • An Associate Level Certificate is awarded upon completing CPM I classwork, an individual project to benefit the participant’s organization, and fulfilling elective training hours of credit.
  • The Certified Public Manager (CPM) Designation is awarded upon completing CPM II classwork, a management development capstone project, and fulfilling additional elective training hours of credit.

What To Expect

Participants can expect to utilize what they learn in any work environment and bring a renewed perspective and energy to their work teams and agencies.  Over the duration of the program, participants will:

  • Interact with engaging and dynamic instructors
  • Participate in team building activities
  • Complete assessments and reflective assignments
  • Present an individual project to benefit their agency
  • Complete the nationally acclaimed team capstone project, Solutions Alabama, to benefit the citizens of our State
  • Fulfill 30 training elective hours to complement course
  • Network with leaders across the State
  • Be able to join the Alabama Society for Certified Public Managers (ASCPM) for continual education and networking opportunities
  • Earn graduate elective credits for AUM’s MPA Program
  • Earn graduate elective credits for AUM’s MBA Program and other scholarship opportunities

In- Person Learning Option:

  • Engage with dynamic instructors in a traditional classroom setting with the opportunity to network with leaders across the State.
  • Benefits include experiencing an interactive, high-energy environment away from work distractions, that is sure to keep you engaged in the learning process.

Blended Learning Option:

  • Virtual sessions combine instruction with role play activities, peer coaching conversations, and large and small group discussions, utilizing virtual breakout rooms.
  • Selected in-person sessions combine instruction with team building activities and opportunities to network with program participants.
  • Participants are expected to have appropriate technology skills, a computer with audio and video capabilities, and a conducive learning environment in order to receive the optimal benefit from this learning approach.

Courses Include the Following Topics to Name a Few: (Over 30 topics presented)

  • Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Building and Leading Teams
  • Performance Coaching
  • Project Management
  • Building Partnerships through Collaboration
  • Organizational Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Presentation Skills
  • Leading and Managing Organizational Change

CPM Solutions Alabama

Solutions Alabama is the team capstone project of the CPM Program, where participants form teams to research and provide recommendations to relevant and interesting issues that impact Alabama. Working closely with key stakeholders, participants demonstrate critical thinking and team decision making skills as they discover and share their findings in the form of a white paper and presentation to leaders across the state.  Solutions Alabama is a recognized best practice among CPM Programs across the nation.

2020 White Papers and Videos

Alabama Society of Certified Public Managers

CPM participants and graduates recognize the many benefits of networking with colleagues who are committed to maintaining an awareness of professional management standards and the newest developments in the practice of public administration by enrolling as members of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Managers® (ASCPM).

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