PA CPM Level II: Nationally-Recognized Certification

PA Certified Public Manager

  • Nationally Recognized Certificate Program –AACPM and ASPA
  • Advanced Public Management/Leadership skills
  • All required courses are 100% distance learning based, yet facilitated by subject matter experts who guide you through your learning.
    Online Model
    This allows attendees to complete coursework from anywhere they have an internet connection.
  • Completion awards PA Certified Public Manager® candidates with 244 Contact Hours
  • Capstone Project Required
  • Program Layout:
    • PA CPM Introductory Retreat (1 day session)
    • 4 Required Courses (PACPM201 - PACPM203)
    • Mid-Program Retreat
    • 3 Required Courses (PACPM204 - PACPM207)
    • Capstone Project Reviews
    • Concluding Retreat

Applications now being accepted!


Required Courses

CPM Level II  Introductory Retreat (The Ware Center) (1 day session)

Self-Awareness and the Public Leader (6 week course)

  • Course Description: Demonstrating commitment to continuous learning, self-awareness and individual performance planning through feedback, study and analysis. Topics to include: Public Manager Self-Assessment, Business Writing, Presentation Skills and Leadership Communications Skills

Introduction to the Public Management Profession in PA (6 week course)

  • Course Description: Public policy establishes the agencies and jurisdictions within which public employees work as well as creates the activities and programs administered by public managers. Knowledge of the processes which influence the formulation, adoption, and implementation of public policy assists public officials understanding of how the institutional and societal context of government shapes the design of policy and its implementation. Particular emphasis will be placed on the policy process as it unfolds in the State of Pennsylvania. Topics to include: Public Service 101, History and Culture of Politics in PA, Organizational Culture In the Public Sector and Pennsylvania Local Governments

Managing Public Sector Work (6 week course)

  • Course Description: Meeting organizational goals through effective planning, prioritizing, organizing and aligning human, financial, material and information resources. Empowering others by delegating clear job expectations; providing meaningful feedback and coaching; creating a motivational environment and measuring performance. Monitoring workloads and documenting performance. Dealing effectively with performance problems. Topics to include: Strategic Planning and Goal Setting, Project Management, Team Building and Public Personnel Management

Personal and Organizational Integrity (6 week course)

  • Course Description: Increasing awareness, building skills and modeling behaviors related to identifying potential ethical problems and conflicts of interest; appropriate workplace behavior; and legal and policy compliance. Topics to include: Public Policy, Laws and Politics, Ethical and Accountable Behavior for Managers, Safety and Security in the Public Sector and Legal Issues for Public Managers

Mid-Program Retreat (1 day session)

Systemic Integration (6 week course)

  • Course Description: Approaching planning, decision-making and implementation from an enterprise perspective; understanding internal and external relationships that impact the organization. Topics to include: Problem Solving and Decision Making, Intergovernmental Relations, Financial Management & Budgeting and Information Technology

Leading People (6 week course)

  • Course Description: Inspiring others to positive action through a clear vision; promotes a diverse workforce. Encouraging and facilitating cooperation, pride, trust and group identity; fostering commitment and team spirit. Articulating a vision, ideas and facts in a clear and organized way; effectively managing emotions and impulses. Topics to include: Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict Management, Managing Different Generations, Motivation and Ownership and Personnel Management and Supervisory Skills

Change Management (6 week course)

  • Course Description: Acting as a change agent; initiating and supporting change within the organization by implementing strategies to help others adapt to changes in the work environment, including personal reactions to change; emphasizing and fostering creativity and innovation; being proactive. Topics to include: Change Management and Succession Planning, Policy Analysis, Organizational Change and Process Improvement Techniques
  • Concluding Retreat (1 day session)

Total Investment for all 7 courses and  3 Retreats: $3600.00