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 next Colleague Group begins September 2014
Information on this page relates to the current Colleague Group, which began on October 22, 2013. Our next Colleague Group is projected to begin in September 2014. If you are interested in receiving updates about the next group, join our mailing list»
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 readings or 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 2013-2015 schedule appears below.
Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence; 2909 Landmark Place, Suite 101; 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 2013-2015 Colleague Group application form here (pending).
Exact deadline TBA; most likely a month prior to the start of the next colleague group.
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.
2013-2015 Colleague Group schedule
(Here for your reference only. Next colleague group starts Sept 2014)
Class topics are firm. Sequence is subject to change. All classes meet from 8:30am to 3:30pm, with a 1-hour lunch break.
October: Managing Self
22 Introduction / Orientation / Teambuilding
23 Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development
November: Presenting Yourself
19 Presenting Yourself to One or Many
20 Executive Writing
December: Leading Others
January: Solving Problems
28-29 Problem Solving and Decision Making
February: Managing Work
25-26 Managing Projects
March: Acting Ethically
25-26 Ethics, Values and the Public Manager
April: Keeping It All Together
22 Records Management
23 Time and Stress Management Techniques
May: Understanding the Public Sector
27 The Public Management Profession and Environment
28 Policy Analysis for Non-analysts
June: Thinking Strategically
24 Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
25 Productivity and Quality Improvement
July/August: No Classes; work on group & individual projects
September: Managing Financial Resources
October: Managing the Organization
21 Managing Organizational Change
22 Having Critical Conversations
November: Improving Organizational Performance
18 Organizational Performance Measurement
19 Program Evaluation Techniques
December: Managing Personnel
16 Human Resource Management
17 Introduction to the Case Method in Decision Making
January: Bringing It All Together
27-28 Case Studies in Decision Making
February: Bringing It All Together
24-25 Case Studies in Decision Making
March: Bringing It All Together
24 Project Presentations
25 Capstone; Graduation
This program is sponsored by UW-Madison in cooperation with UW-Extension.