CPM Colleague Groups (Cohorts)

Find answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you continue to have questions, please contact us at:

CPM Director
Chrystyna Mursky

Program Coordinator
Sunshine Jansen


To be notified of dates of the next Colleague Group, contact Sunshine Jansen, sunshine.jansen@wisc.edu.

You can complete the nationally-accredited Certified Public Manager® Program in 18 months as part of a cohort. This group attends classes collectively, two days per month, becoming Certified Public Managers together.

The 2018-2019 Colleague Group began April 10, 2018

In a Colleague Group you will complete all requirements needed to become a Certified Public Manager, with the following added benefits:

  • Collegiality
    You will participate in the entire program with the same group; this allows you to develop professional networks and to work on group projects.
  • Responsiveness
    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 2018 – 2019 schedule appears below.


Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Dr, Madison, WI (view map)

Other colleague groups may be held at other locations in the state if there are at least 20 participants at a site.


$3,600 (excluding travel costs), which can be split across the 2 fiscal years.

How to apply

Complete the 2018-2019 Colleague Group application form. (This is a fillable PDF, which sometimes doesn’t work in Firefox. If you’d prefer to fill it out online rather than printing it, please try again in a different browser.)

Application deadline

February 19, 2018

All applicants will be notified within a week of the application deadline. Those selected will receive registration information.


Questions? Contact us! CPM director Chrystyna Mursky 608-262-3830, chrystyna.mursky@wisc.edu or program coordinator Sunshine Jansen, 608-262-4354 or email sunshine.jansen@wisc.edu.

2018-2019 Colleague Group schedule


April: Presenting Yourself

04/10 Executive Writing
04/11 Presenting Yourself to One or Many

May: Working with Others

05/08 Emotional Intelligence
05/09 Building Teams

June: Managing Work

06/12 – 06/13 Managing Projects

July-August: No Classes; work on Group & Individual Projects

September: Leading Others

09/11 Leadership
09/12 Leading and Managing from the Middle

October: Acting Ethically

10/09 – 10/10 Ethics, Values and the Public Manager

November: Improving Organizational Performance

11/13 Program Evaluation Techniques
11/14 Organizational Performance Measurement

December: Managing Personnel

12/11 Human Resource Management
12/12 Having Challenging Conversations


January: Thinking Strategically

01/08 Productivity and Quality Improvement
01/09 Strategic Thinking Planning and Organizational Transformation

February: Developing Resilience

02/12 Managing Organizational Change
02/13 Essential Time and Stress Management Techniques

March: Keeping It All Together

03/12 Records Management
03/13 Topic chosen by class

April: Managing Financial Resources

04/09 – 04/10 Budgeting

May: Understanding the Public Sector

05/14 The Public Management Profession and Environment
05/15 Policy Analysis for Non-Analysts

June: Solving Problems

06/11 Problem Analysis and Problem Solving
06/12 Overview of the Case Method in Decision Analysis

July-August: No classes; Development of Case Studies presentations

September: Bringing It All Together

09/10 – 09/11 Case Studies in Decision Making

October: Bringing It All Together

10/15 Case Studies in Decision Making
10/16 Individual and Group Project Presentations

November: Celebrating Accomplishments

11/01 Capstone Seminar, Graduation

This program is sponsored by UW-Madison in cooperation with UW-Extension.