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Continuing Education

Benefits for Employees

  • Earn graduate credit for selected degree programs at Auburn University at Montgomery upon completion of the program.
  • Enhance your personal leadership strengths for both your work and personal life.
  • Broaden your intergovernmental networks and communication.
  • Increase your personal awareness and effectiveness.
  • Strengthen critical thinking skills for implementing innovative solutions.
  • Become a leader in promotion of quality in public services.
  • Take advantage of competency-based learning that you can take back to work with you the next day and apply.
  • Become eligible for membership in the Alabama Society of Certified Public Managers and the American
  • Academy of Certified Public Managers®.
CPM Information
CPM Benefits

Benefits for Employers

  • Use in succession planning to fill upcoming vacancies.
  • Create promotional opportunities to build morale.
  • Strengthen employee engagement as employees bring their classroom energy and learning back to the office.
  • Take this opportunity to focus on a long term agency project.
  • Use this program as part of an employee development and mentoring plan.
  • Champion a capstone project that improves effectiveness, efficiency or saves money.
    Take advantage of your employees’ improved management skills and delegate new assignments.
  • Obtain national recognition and accomplishment that is well known in government.
Hear it First Hand


The Certified Public Manager’s (CPM) Program teaches managers to lead, be sensitive, communicate like a leader, and above all make better decisions about the people they supervise or manage. This course was just what I needed to learn how to communicate better with those I supervise and to learn how to be a coach and mentor. I use the information learned in CPM regularly as reference to various situations. CPM taught me professional skills to handle and manage supervisory challenges.

Cynthia Flowers
Department of Tourism

CPM has helped me understand how to better relate to my employees and how to incorporate practices to promote team work in the group that I supervise. I feel that CPM has given me management tools that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my career.

Spring Tate
Alabama Department of Environmental Management

As a new Director of the RSA-1 Deferred Compensation Program, I was able to improve my interpersonal communication skills through the CPM Program. As a result, this program enabled me to increase trust and develop a better team. For that, I am grateful!

Rhonda H. Peters
Retirement Systems of Alabama

CPM has been a career altering experience not simply because of the fundamental leadership tools you leave with, but also the relationships. I have made connections and friends across the state because of CPM with whom I can share experiences and exchange ideas. My sincere gratitude to the staff and CPM instructors.

Antwionne Dunklin
Alabama Department of Insurance

I’m pleased to participate in the CPM course. I’ve been able to refresh my skills as a manager.  As a retired military member, previous leadership classes touch on some of the material in CPM. This course came at a time working at the state when my responsibilities were increasing. It is a timely refresher as well as opportunity for new areas of growth.  Also noted are the networking opportunities among peers. I’ve gained valuable insight on the job activities performed in other state agencies that rely on IT services provided by OIT. I encourage others to take advantage of the course.

Anthony W. Daniel
State of Alabama Office of Information Technology

I can honestly say the CPM program has impacted my career and my life as a whole in the best possible way. I have learned so many valuable management ideologies and skills that have helped me in my decision making, my ability to understand different personality types, and communication with my employees, my board members, and my family. I would strongly recommend the CPM program to all managers that really want to make a difference in their field of expertise.

LaVerne Williams
Chilton County Board of Education

The CPM program is excellent.  This program over the past two years has provided multiple opportunities and educational experiences like no other.  The wonderful staff, the awesome guest speakers, work sessions, various discussion topics and resources have all made me examine and challenge myself.  This program has helped and encouraged me to become a better person overall, which has made me a better supervisor.  I highly recommend this program to anyone who is prepared to do the work to improve yourself and your leadership qualities.

Erica Collins-Thomas
Retirement Systems of Alabama

“CPM I has provided much-needed inspiration to both my professional career and my personal life by creating challenges that help me grow and affirming principles that I live and work by every day.”

Manford Jackson
Alabama Department of Revenue
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