Tennessee Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Launches January 2018

The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership is accepting applications for the inaugural Tennessee Certified Public Manager (CPM) program, which beings in January 2018.  The CPM is a comprehensive management development program specifically designed to prepare managers for careers in federal, state, local government and in other organizations with a public purpose.

CPM is a nationally accredited management program and certification where participants develop and strengthen their management skills through competency-based curriculum and activities.  The program can fill a training gap for staff with significant technical expertise who seek to further their knowledge of current management practices.

Program participants will be able to sharpen their personal and professional leadership styles and expand the knowledge and skills needed to manage and inspire positive change in their workplaces and communities. Participants will meet for a total of 12 days over a period of 12 months. The competency-based instruction comprised of four modules will take place with instructor-led classes as well as online coursework. During the modules, students will complete a capstone project for their organization or agency before obtaining the public manager certification at the end of the 12-month program.

The National Certified Public Manager Consortium and its accreditation body have awarded the University of Tennessee’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership an active status in becoming the sole provider of the certification for Tennessee.  UT will now join the ranks of other universities across the country including University of Georgia, Florida State, and Rutgers University.

The Naifeh Center is experiencing interest from federal, state and local government agencies and their leaders in anticipation of its newest program.  Seats are filling fast and the curriculum promises to be an excellent growth opportunity for those wishing to excel in their public service careers.  For more information or to enroll in the program’s first Tennessee cohort, contact Naifeh Center Training Specialist Trent Clagg, trent.clagg@tennessee.edu or visit leadership.tennessee.edu/cpm.