CPM Colleague Groups (Cohorts)
You can complete the nationally-accredited Certified Public Manager® Program in 18 months as part of a cohort. This group attends classes collectively, 2 days per month, becoming Certified Public Managers together.
The 2015-2016 Colleague Group is in progress. A 2016-2017 group begins in September 2016. Complete details coming soon!
In a Colleague Group you will complete all requirements needed to become a Certified Public Manager, with the following added benefits:
You will participate in the entire program with the same group; this allows you to develop professional networks and to work on group projects.
The curriculum will be tailored to the needs of the class; information from the first sessions will be used to select instructional materials that respond to your individual and agency-specific needs.
- Easier registration, fewer decisions
You only have to register once, and you will not have to choose between elective classes, or be concerned that the class you need is not available in a given semester.
- Cost savings
Offering a colleague-based program in a government facility saves significant program administration costs. We pass those savings on to you. The cost of this program is less than if you were to register for classes on an individual basis.
Expectations of a Colleague Group participant
In addition to attending 32 days of class, a participant is required to:
- complete pre-class assignments,
- write post-class reflective essays,
- write 3 papers, including an extensive applied project that benefits one’s agency, and
- plan and participate in a group project that benefits the larger community.
You will attend class 2 consecutive days each month over a 2-year period, excluding July and August. The 2015-2016 schedule appears below.
Madison Benefits Center; 460 Science Drive; Madison WI map»
Other colleague groups may be held at other locations in the state if there are at least 20 participants at a site.
Fee$3200.00 (does not include travel expenses), which can be split across the 2 fiscal years.
How to apply
Complete the 2015-2016 Colleague Group application form here»
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December 1, 2014
All applicants will be notified within a week of the application deadline. Those selected will receive registration information.
THIS PROGRAM IS LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE.
January: Managing Self
13 Overview / Orientation / Teambuilding
14 Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development
February: Presenting Yourself
10 Presenting Yourself to One or Many
11 Executive Writing
March: Leading Others
11 Leading & Managing from the Middle
April: Understanding the Public Sector
14 The Public Management Profession and Environment
15 Policy Analysis for Non-Analysts
May: Managing Work
12-13 Managing Projects
June: Acting Ethically
9-10 Ethics, Values and the Public Manager
July-August: No Classes; work on Group & Individual Projects
September: Managing Financial Resources
October: Keeping It All Together
13 Records Management
14 Essential Time and Stress Management Techniques
November: Managing Personnel
10 Human Resource Management
11 Promoting Employee Engagement
December: Thinking Strategically
8 Productivity and Quality Improvement
9 Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Transformation
January: Developing Resilence
12 Managing Organizational Change
13 Having Critical Conversations
February: Improving Organizational Performance
9 Program Evaluation Techniques
10 Organizational Performance Measurement
March: Solving Problems
8 Problem Analysis and Problem Solving
9 Overview of the Case Method in Decision Analysis
April: Bringing It All Together
12-13 Case Studies in Decision Making
May: Bringing It All Together (continued)
10-11 Case Studies in Decision Making
June: Celebrating Accomplishments
16 Project Presentations
17 Capstone Seminar; Graduation
This program is sponsored by UW-Madison in cooperation with UW-Extension.