Certified Public Manager (CPM)

The Montana Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is based in the Baucus Institute Department of Public Administration and Policy. The CPM Program curriculum is determined by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium, which is the accrediting body for the Montana Certified Public Manager® Program.

The purpose of the Montana Certified Public Manager® Program is to provide an in-depth, comprehensive, competency-based, nationally certified program for all managers from state and local government organizations, universities, and those from business and industry who desire this training and certification.

Montana CPM demonstrates this by:

  • Providing high-quality instruction which enhances participant performance in competencies identified as essential to managerial effectiveness in MT state and local government.
  • Using multiple sources of feedback to build participant self-awareness concerning the impact of their own behavioral style, values, beliefs, and competencies on managerial performance.
  • Facilitating participants’ applications of learning on the job to improve effectiveness of MT state agencies/universities, local government organizations and other participants.

Details:
Program participants will be able to sharpen their personal and professional leadership styles and expand the knowledge and skills needed to manage and inspire positive change in their workplaces and communities. Participants will meet for a total of twelve days over a period of 12 months. The competency-based instruction comprised of our modules will take place in class sessions and online exercises. The program culminates with students completing a capstone project before obtaining the public manager certification at the end of the 12-month program. The capstone project facilitates change in the participant’s agency. Participants are able to take an issue or problem and focus on it with the supervisor’s cooperation, and by applying the concepts learned in the program, participants will be able to implement the ideas and solutions proposed by the capstone project.

The Montana Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program, which consists of 300 total hours of training, is designed in conformance with the requirements of the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium.  This hybrid program is designed for working professionals to accommodate busy schedules by completing a portion of the classes online. The cost for the Montana Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is $3500.

If you are interested in participating in the Montana Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program, please contact Ben Hamman at ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu or (406) 243-5351.

CPM Draft Plan

Session 1 (January) 8 hours: Creating the Context

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self

Session 2 (February) 8 hours: Diagnosing Your Growth & Learning Needs

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self

Session 3 (March) 8 hours: From Diagnosis to Planning

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self, Systematic Integration, Public Service Focus, Change Leadership

24 hours of classroom instruction
33 hours of online instruction
57 hours total instruction

Session 1 (April) 8 hours: Traps, Tips, Tools, and Techniques

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self, Systematic Integration, Public Service Focus, Change Leadership

Session 2 (May) 8 hours: Public Service Financial Wellbeing

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Systematic Integration, Public Service Focus, Change Leadership

Session 3 (June) 8 hours: Translating, Aligning, and Applying

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self, Systematic Integration, Change Leadership

24 hours of classroom instruction
33 hours of online instruction
57 hours total instruction

Session 1 (July) 8 hours: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self, Systematic Integration, Change Leadership

Session 2 (August) 8 hours: Selecting Managerial Strategies & Change Leadership

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self, Systematic Integration, Change Leadership

Session 3 (September) 8 hours: Responding to Crisis (Internal & External)

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self, Systematic Integration, Public Service Focus

24 hours of classroom instruction
33 hours of online instruction
57 hours total instruction

Session 1 (October) 8 hours: Leadership in Public Organizations & Tools for Gaining Influence and Authority, Part 1

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self, Systematic Integration, Public Service Focus, Change Leadership

Session 2 (November) 8 hours: Leadership in Public Organizations & Tools for Gaining Influence and Authority, Part 2

Competencies: Personal & Organizational Integrity, Managing Work, Leading People, Developing Self, Systematic Integration, Public Service Focus, Change Leadership

Session 3 (December) 8 hours: Final Paper & Capstone Presentations

24 hours of classroom instruction
33 hours of online instruction
57 hours total instruction

Capstone: 75 hours

Total hours: 303

Two Locations for In-person Classroom Instruction: Missoula & Helena, Montana