Nevada Certified Public Manager Program
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WHAT IS CPM?
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FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
WHAT IS CPM?
The Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program is a nationally
recognized and nationally accredited leadership development
program for public managers and supervisors. The CPM Program
is designed for public administrators who wish to learn both
current management theory and useful techniques in order to
improve their performance as managers in the public sector.
The vision of the CPM Program is to develop “world
class leaders and managers for public service.”
Professional and developmental in nature, the CPM Program is
designed to prepare managers for increasingly complex and
demanding governmental issues. At the completion of each
program level, participants will develop practical
applications relevant to advancing the mission and objectives
of their organizations.
The CPM designation, like the Certified Public Accountant
(CPA) designation, is a professional rather than an academic
who complete the CPM Program will earn the national
designation of Certified
Public Manager or
The Nevada Certified Public Manager (NVCPM) Program was
awarded accreditation and membership to the National Certified
Public Manager Consortium on
September 18, 2005.
The National Consortium accredits and establishes the
standards and requirements for the CPM designation and
authorizes only one organization per state to deliver the
national CPM Program.
The purposes of the National CPM Consortium are to 1)
facilitate program expansion; 2) ensure content quality; and
3) provide an information clearinghouse.
The following twenty-nine (29) states and three (3) government
entities are accredited members of the National CPM
Consortium: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California,
District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Metropolitan Washington Council of
Governments, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska,
Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, USDA Graduate School,
Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The following are active Consortium members seeking
and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NVCPM General Information
The Nevada Certified Public Manager (NVCPM) Program is a
systematic approach to management and leadership development.
The program provides public professionals with training
to maximize the effectiveness of
The NVCPM Program is included as part of the State
succession plan to assist with developing a fully trained
workforce ready to take the place of those leaving.
The program offers hands-on course work that builds upon
management and leadership training programs offered through
agencies, colleges, and universities.
The curriculum is practitioner based and uses the
foundation of theory and applies it to practical problems
facing the participant, their department/agency, and the
Successful participants are high achievers in their respective positions
and have support of their management.
Applicants should demonstrate a high degree of critical
thinking and analytical skills, conceptual ability, reading
comprehension, and written and oral communication
It is critical for employees and employers to understand the importance
of commitment to the Program.
Before committing to the Program, applicants and their
supervisors should consider that the Program is very rigorous
in scope and not considered to be “entry level.”
Program Goals and Benefits
The primary goals of the NVCPM Program are to create world
class leaders in public service and make government more
Nevada Certified Public Manager Program offers public leaders
an opportunity to enhance their leadership capabilities.
As participants move through the program, the workplace
will benefit from their enhanced skills sets and organizations
will have fully developed managers who function in critical
NVCPM Program Goals
Encourage the recognition of public management as a
profession established upon an underlying body of knowledge
and provide a roadmap to acquiring that knowledge
Foster and maintain high educational and ethical standards in
the practice of public management
governmental organizations by establishing a more objective
assessment for a public manager’s professional knowledge and
Provide enhanced professional recognition of management
development attainment by public managers
Prepare federal, state, and local government employees to
assume more responsible management roles and assist agencies
with succession planning
Meet and maintain the accreditation requirements of the
National CPM Consortium
NVCPM Program Benefits
Retain employees with leadership potential
Build a pool of internally developed leaders
Improve government services and efficiency through process
Implement new approaches to agency challenges and
NVCPM Program Benefits to Participants
Assess and practice fundamental management theories, tools,
and techniques in an increasingly challenging work environment
Discover new approaches to leading teams and serving as a
model to other leaders
Participate in self-discovery activities, receive feedback
and individual assessment
Develop practical applications of up-to-date management
theory to assist in meeting the objective of the organization
Sharpen skills through networking and continuing education
Managers and supervisors receiving CPM certification from a
program accredited by the National Certified Public Manager
Consortium, are eligible for membership in the
of Certified Public Managers (AACPM). The AACPM is a national
professional association of public sector managers who are
Certified Public Managers.
Managers and supervisors receiving certification from the
NVCPM are eligible for membership in the Nevada Society of
Certified Public Managers (NVSCPM).
The Nevada Certified Public Manager (NVCPM) Program curriculum covers the
full spectrum of management and leadership, beginning with
individual performance and gradually expanding to broader
organizational issues and public policy.
NVCPM training is
participant centered and experience based. Emphasis is placed
on small group activities and discussions, as well as a
balance between theory and real world applications.
The NVCPM Program also strives to make professional public managers aware
of the ethical standards and social responsibility necessary
for them to act humanely and responsively within an
Beside significant levels of on-the-job study, the
program engages participants in formal assessments, testing,
and on-the-job applications.
The NVCPM Program curriculum consist of 300+ hours of professional
training and structured learning activities that must
originate from the following competency areas, as stated in
the National CPM Consortium Bylaws.
Personal and Organizational Integrity
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
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.
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.
Demonstrating commitment to
continuous learning, self-awareness and individual performance
planning through feedback, study and analysis.
decision-making and implementation from an enterprise
perspective; understanding internal and external relationships
that impact the organization.
Public Service Focus
Delivering superior services to the public and internal
and external recipients; including customer/client
identification, expectations, needs and developing and
implementing paradigms, processes and procedures that exude
positive spirit and climate; demonstrating agency and personal
commitment to quality service.
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.
The National CPM Consortium requires 250 of the total program hours be
instructor-led training, with 200 hours coming from the above
competency areas of the core curriculum.
Instructional Program Review
Examinations are used to evaluate the participant’s level of
understanding of the content of Phase I of the program.
Participants must pass the required examinations with a score
The purpose of the required reading review is to encourage participants
to engage in a habit of independent management and leadership
development, including critical thinking and analytical skills
that will extend beyond the CPM Program.
The reading review also affords the participant the
opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the core
curriculum as it relates to their work environment.
The CPM Program extends relevance of instruction and curriculum to the
workplace by requiring on-the-job practice through three (3)
projects are designed to teach application and demonstrate
transfer of knowledge and techniques to the participant’s
Successful completion of all three (3) projects is required to
achieve the Certified Public Manager (CPM) designation.
After completion of the six (6) levels of training, participants will
select leading edge government-related topics and tours to be
discussed during their two (2) day Executive Seminar.
This 14 hour session has 100% attendance requirements
for successful completion of the program.
Program Format, Length, and Hours
The NVCPM Program is currently offered as cohorts, in consecutive months
A cohort format is one in which participants attend as
a group, starting and finishing a program together.
Program consists of six (6) one-week levels of core curriculum
training over approximately a 16 to 18 month period.
During the 16 to 18 months the participants are
responsible for completing additional program requirements as
described in the Curriculum Hours and Instructional Program
There is a break between Phase I: Levels I-III and Phase II: Levels
Participants who successfully complete Phase I are deemed to
have achieved the Certificate in Supervisory Management.
Phase II and a Capstone Project must also be completed
successfully for the participant to be awarded the Certified
Public Manager (CPM) designation.
Phase II Orientation & Project Workshop
Open Source Elective Hours
Phase I: Levels
Phase II: Levels
Reading Review Project
Work-Related Projects (3)
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS
Schedule and Logistics
Currently, the NVCPM Program is offered as cohorts,
in consecutive months in Las Vegas and Carson City. A cohort format is
one in which participants attend as a group, starting and finishing a
The Nevada Certified Public Manager (NVCPM)
Program is for Federal, State, County, and Local public
Manage or supervise people or projects
Hold a supervisory or managerial position responsible for
providing technical or professional support to any agency;
typically Grade 35 or above, or
Are identified by a department director as an individual
targeted for advancement into such positions listed above
In order to receive the CPM designation, participants must complete a
minimum of 133 hours of learning in Phase I, the Certificate
of Supervisory Management, and 177 hours in Phase II, the
upper level and achievement of the Certified Public Manager
The CPM designation is awarded to participants who successfully complete
the following requirements.
All six (6) one-week levels of core curriculum entitled
“Managing Government in
approximately 210 hours
Written examinations for each of the Phase I (Levels I-III)
Mastery skill demonstration activities for each of the Phase
II (Levels IV-VI) coursework weeks
Seventy-six (76) professional development /
management-related elective hours
Attendance at an Executive Seminar, 14 hours
Four (4) required outside readings
Three (3) job-related projects, including a Capstone Quality
One of the requirements of the NVCPM Program is the completion of
seventy-six (76) leadership / management elective hours.
Prior to the completion of Phase I (Levels I-III)
participants must complete thirty (30) hours of professional
development elective courses.
Prior to the completion of Phase II (Levels IV-VI)
participants must complete the remaining forty-six (46)
The electives must be professional development /
The participant must provide proof of attendance and
there is a three (3) year time stipulation on all elective
Credit may be earned by attending:
Management / professional development courses offered by the
Department of Personnel, Office of Employee Development
Relevant courses offered by other state agencies,
universities, colleges, companies, and associations
Outside organization directed courses
Documented on-line / computer-based training related to the
field of management / leadership
In order to meet the program requirement of a total of 250
hours of instructor-led training, 40 or more elective hours
must be instructor-led; 36 hours may be on-line /
The Mandatory Supervisory Class Series offered by the State of
Department of Personnel should be completed by participants
before attending NVCPM.
The Mandatory Supervisory Class Series is offered in
both the classroom and on-line platforms.
The classes included in this series are:
Interviewing and Hiring, Handling Grievances,
Evaluating Employee Performance, Progressive Disciplinary
Procedures, and Alcohol and Drug Program.
Participants are also to be in compliance with NRS
regulations regarding Sexual Harassment Prevention training.
If these classes are completed within the three (3) year time
stipulation, they will count toward the participant’s elective
courses are offered in an on-line format and can be found at:
If you believe in excellence in the public sector and would like to
develop your leadership skills to meet the challenges and
opportunities experienced by the current and future leaders of
Nevada, complete and submit the application and essay forms
Program Application (MS Word Document)
As part of the application process, we request that you complete the
Application Essay (MS Word Document)
The Nevada Certified Public Manager (NVCPM) Program is administered by:
Office of Employee Development
Department of Personnel
555 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 1500
NVCPM Program Administrator
Laurie Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
The Department of Personnel, Office of Employee Development,
through the Nevada Certified Public Manager Program
Administrator, is responsible for the overall administration
of the NVCPM Program.
The State Department of Personnel, Office of Employee
Development is responsible for development and administration
of policy and procedures, direction and approval of course
curriculum, selection of and contractual agreements with
The CPM Advisory Board provides guidance to the program and
is comprised of representative from the following:
Office of the Governor, Nevada State Senate, Nevada
State Assembly, and various representatives from state,
county, and city governmental organizations.
The CPM Advisory Board along with the CPM Curriculum
Committee is responsible for providing advice and guidance on
policies, procedures, and course curriculum.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who may participate in the
Nevada Certified Public Manager (NVCPM) Program?
The NVCPM Program is open to persons
employed by or with
governmental organizations. Department Directors may recommend
individuals who show potential for advancement into
All participants must have the support of their
supervisors and directors.
How does one get selected for the CPM Program?
Prior to the beginning of each CPM class,
Department Directors receive recommended participant selection
criteria and application submission timelines.
Each Department sets its own application submission and
In order to be considered for CPM participation,
applications must contain all required components and have an
original signature from the applicant, applicant’s immediate
supervisor, any department/agency required original
signatures, and the original signature of the Department
Director/Appointing Authority or designee.
Applications are not accepted electronically or via
What are the requirements and costs for the CPM
The NVCPM awards the Certified Public
Manager designation for mastery of fundamental management
concepts and techniques and successful completion of the
Phase II Orientation & Project
Open Source Elective Hours
Phase I: Levels
Phase II: Levels
Reading Review Project
Work-Related Projects (3)
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS/COSTS
Note: True, overall Program
costs are dependent on various factors, including the costs of
elective selected, the number of open elective taken from
other sources, possible travel incurred if a participant were
to need to attend in alternate city, etc.
How long do I have to complete the program?
Due to our cohort format, participants
complete the program as a group within the 18 month scheduled
period for their class. Occasionally, circumstances require a
participant to drop their current class and re-enroll in the
following class to complete the program.
Such requests are evaluated individually based on need
and circumstances. Every effort is made to support
participants to successfully complete the program and receive
their CPM designation.
Are participants required to take an examination?
An examination is not required to enter the
Participants are required to complete written multiple choice
or short answer examinations after each of the Phase I, Level
I-III course weeks; and mastery demonstration activities after
each of the Phase II, Level IV-VI week-long program levels.
During Levels I-III participants are also evaluated on
required written projects.
Participants will also be evaluated by use of methods
such as presentations, writing assignments, and group
activities during Levels IV – VI.
Successful completion of these and other program
requirements result in achieving the CPM designation.
What happens if a participant fails an examination?
If a participant fails an examination,
he/she may take it again. Participants
may re-take a test up to two (2) times.
Scores are confidential and sent via Email to
Will elective credit be given for courses taken prior
to participation in the CPM Program?
Requests for elective credit for courses
taken within the three-year (3) period preceding the beginning
date of the CPM Program can be made on the Elective Hour
Approval Request form.
The course content must be management related.
Proper documentation of objectives and proof of
attendance is required.
Can a participant apply previous training to core
The NVCPM program does not allow curriculum
substitution in order to meet the accreditation requirements
of the National CPM Consortium.
Who administers the CPM Program?
The Office of Employee Development of the
State Department of Personnel is responsible for program
development and administration, including policies and
procedures, approval of curriculum and instructors, scheduling
of classes, registration of participants, and maintenance of
Why should I enroll in the Program?
The benefits of the CPM Program are many:
recognition of a commitment to professional standards;
association in a network of public professional managers in
Nevada and other states; awareness of new developments in the
practice of public administration; innovation in the
application of new ideas and approaches to management; and
career development that will enhance your administrative,
managerial, technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
It provides you and your agency with structured
training that has the broad perspective necessary for
As a program participant, you are a member of statewide
and national groups of professional public managers learning
from and with representatives of other governmental units.
CPM Program graduates are listed on a National
Certified Public Manager register maintained by the National
Consortium and are eligible to join the
of Certified Public Managers.
Where will the CPM training be offered?
Who will teach?
CPM cohorts are offered both in
generally at the Department of Personnel, Office of Employee
Development Training Centers. A schedule of dates and
locations for each level of training is published prior to the
beginning of each class.
Instructors for the CPM Program are contracted from a
variety of settings, including universities, colleges,
government, and the business community.
What if a participant changes organizations after
becoming a CPM participant?
The participant and the new organization must agree on
the status. If the
participant is still eligible, he or she is encouraged to
continue in the program.
What are job-related projects?
The job-related projects provide an opportunity to
apply the concepts presented in the class to the work
participant, his/her supervisor, and the CPM Program
Administrator agree upon projects.
There are three (3) projects required in order to
receive the CPM Certification.
The first two projects are due at the completion of
Level III. The remaining project is due at the end of Level
What is the cancellation or date change policy?
A written cancellation must be approved by
the participant’s Department Director and received at the
State Department of Personnel, Office of Employee Development
Division office in
fourteen (14) days prior to the class start date. If a
participant cancels after that time, his/her organization may
Cancellations are costly to the participant, his/her
organization and the program.
All cancellations should come through the participant
as early as possible, so that substitutions can possibly be
NATIONAL CPM CONSORTIUM
Information regarding the National CPM Consortium can be obtained through
their website at: