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 2016-2018 group begins Oct 4, 2016.
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, you will be required to:
- complete pre-class assignments,
- write post-class reflective essays and provide peer review to a classmate’s,
- 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 2016-2018 schedule appears below.
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Other colleague groups may be held at other locations in the state if there are at least 20 participants at a site.
Fee$3,400 (does not include travel expenses), which can be split across the 2 fiscal years.
How to apply
Complete the 2016-2018 Colleague Group application form here»
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September 6, 2016
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.
October: Managing Self
4 Overview / Orientation / Teambuilding
5 Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development
November: Leading Others
2 Leading & Managing from the Middle
December: Managing Work
6-7 Managing Projects
January: Understanding the Public Sector
10 The Public Management Profession and Environment
11 Policy Analysis for Non-Analysts
February: Presenting Yourself
7 Presenting Yourself to One or Many
8 Executive Writing
March: Improving Organizational Performance
7 Program Evaluation Techniques
8 Organizational Performance Measurement
April: Acting Ethically
4-5 Ethics, Values and the Public Manager
May: Thinking Strategically
2 Productivity and Quality Improvement
3 Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Transformation
June: Keeping It All Together
6 Records Management
7 Essential Time and Stress Management Techniques
July-August: No Classes; work on Group & Individual Projects
September: Managing Financial Resources
October: Managing Personnel
3 Human Resource Management
4 Promoting Employee Engagement
November: Developing Resilence
7 Managing Organizational Change
8 Having Critical Conversations
December: Solving Problems
5 Problem Analysis and Problem Solving
6 Overview of the Case Method in Decision Analysis
January: No Class; Development of Case Studies presentations
February: Bringing It All Together
6-7 Case Studies in Decision Making
March: Bringing It All Together (continued)
6-7 Case Studies in Decision Making
April: Celebrating Accomplishments
5 Project Presentations
6 Capstone Seminar; Graduation
This program is sponsored by UW-Madison in cooperation with UW-Extension.