CPM Certificate overview

Questions? Find answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you continue to have questions, please contact us at: CPM Director Chrystyna Mursky chrystyna.mursky@wisc.edu 608-262-3830 Program Coordinator Sunshine Jansen sunshine.jansen@wisc.edu 608-262-4354

CPM Certificate overview

The CPM program consists of 300 hours in three phases. The cohort format is designed so that all of these phases are integrated, with all required core and elective classes determined for you. Phase I and Phase II are worked on concurrently. The requirements are:


  • Management Assessment (6 Hours) — All students enrolled in the CPM program complete the one-day class, “Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development” at the beginning of the program.
  • Supervisory Training (60 Hours) — Currently, the WCPM Program does not offer supervisory training on a regularly scheduled basis. Classes may be scheduled on request. Most students meet this requirement through university credit or noncredit classes, state-sponsored classes, training offered through governmental units, vocational/technical classes, and professional training seminars focused on supervision.
  • Professional Development Plan (2 Hours)
  • Written Project (4 Hours)Technical writing: A Supervisory Situation


  • Management Core Classes (48 Hours) — Students take the following eight one-day classes:
    1. The Public Management Profession and Environment
    2. Presenting for Influence
    3. Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Organizational Transformation
    4. Productivity and Quality Improvement
    5. Problem Analysis and Problem Solving
    6. Understanding and Promoting Ethical Behavior
    7. Leadership
    8. Effective Workplace Writing
  • Management Elective Classes (84 Hours) — Students take 14 classes in five categories. These categories are:
    • Quantitative Methods and Tools (18 Hours) — Topics include quantitative decision making, research methods, systems techniques, productivity measurement, and others.
    • Public Policy (12 Hours) — Topics include policy analysis and implementation, working with elected bodies, media relations, customer/client relations, developing public-private relationships, and others.
    • Organizational Management (18 Hours) — Topics include organizational goal setting, leading and managing from the middle, team building, change management, having difficult conversations, and others.
    • Resource Management (18 Hours) — Topics include budgeting, risk management, time and stress management, program evaluation, project management, and others.
    • Personnel Management (18 Hours) — Topics include performance management, conflict management, human resource management, coaching, effective supervision, and others.
  • Monthly Reflective Essays (6 Hours) — Monthly reflective essays after each class.


  • Decision Making Case Studies (24 Hours) — Four days devoted to analyzing and developing cases which synthesize management practices and theory.
  • Class Project (18 Hours) — A group project completed over 6-8 months.
  • Individual Applied Project (18 Hours) — This is an applied project which can be done as a team or individual project.
  • Leadership: Capstone Seminar (12 Hours) — Presentation of project or case study to other class members, and discussion of current topics such as the future of public management or public management challenges.


Electives may be general or professionally-specific management classes. Students may choose management classes from the CPM program or classes provided by other approved sources. It is strongly recommended that students arrange prior approval for an elective class not provided by a UW System campus, government unit, or widely-recognized provider. Professional Development Electives may be taken at any time during the program.