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What is the Certified Public ManagerĀ® (CPM) Program?

The CPM program is a nationally accredited comprehensive public and not-for profit management development program designed for supervisors and managers in federal, state, and local government and in the not for profit sector. The program’s primary goal is to improve the performance of public and not for profit sector managers.

CPM is a comprehensive course of study by which public managers can acquire and apply the best practices and theory to their management behaviors and strategies using prescribed sets of professional standards. The curriculum uses theory as the foundation and applies it to practical problems facing the participant, their agency/department, and the citizens. Those who complete the program earn a national trademark designation of CPM (Certified Public Manager®).

What is the Texas CPM Program?

The Texas CPM Program is a 7 course sequence which leads to a nationally accredited public manager certification. The CPM Program is offered by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.

Texas State University offers the Program in cooperation with the following Texas universities: Texas Tech, The University of Texas at Pan American, The University of Houston, Sam Houston State University and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Is the program nationally accredited?

The Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is a nationally recognized professional development program for supervisors and managers in government. It is a training system that develops and measures competencies in the field of public management. The National Certified Public Manager® consortium monitors and accredits the state programs. Only accredited programs are authorized to award the CPM designation. The Texas CPM Program was accredited in May 1996. It was re-accredited in May 2002, 2006 and 2011. Additional information about the National CPM Consortium can be found at the following web site:  www.txstate.edu/cpmconsortium. Information about the Texas CPM Program can be found at www.txstate.edu/cpm. Currently 40 States and the District of Columbia offer the CPM certification.

Can CPM courses in Texas be taken for academic credit?

Yes, on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos and on the Texas State University campus in Round Rock. Each of the 7 CPM courses stands alone and can be taken as a 3 credit academic course. Participants can take each course for undergraduate or graduate credit. For additional information go to the Texas CPM website http://www.txstate.edu/cpm and open the link under "What's New" "Application for Academic Course Credit at the Round Rock and San Marcos Locations".

If I am taking CPM courses for academic credit, will the Texas State University Financial Aid Office pay for CPM courses?

CPM Courses are offered through the Texas State University Office Distance and Extended Education. These courses are now eligible for financial aid if the student is accepted into a regular degree program and the courses are included on the students degree outline. For additional information the student should contact the Texas State University Financial Aid Office, The Veterans Affairs Office and the students’ degree advisor.

If I am taking CPM courses for academic credit, will the VA pay for CPM courses?

Yes, contact the Veterans Services Office at Texas State University for additional information.

Will the military or National Guard pay for CPM Courses?

Yes, please see your Education Services Officer at your military base for additional information and details.

What are the academic course equivalents for CPM courses?

Undergraduate

Track 1 - Posi 3318
Track 2 - Posi 3316
Track 3 - Comm 4315
Track 4 - Posi 3328
Track 5 - Posi 3377
Track 6 - CATE 4310
Track 7 - Posi 4379

Graduate

Track 1 - Posi 5317
Track 2 - Posi 5314
Track 3 - Comm 5315
Track 4 - Posi 5311
Track 5 - Posi 5341
Track 6 - CTE 5323
Track 7 - Posi 5398

How many of these courses can count toward my undergraduate BAAS degree?

Normally 18 hours (6 CPM courses) can count toward the BAAS degree. Be sure to check with your academic advisor about how CPM courses can fit in your degree plan. In some instances 21 hours (7 courses) can count on the students degree outline. Consult with your Degree and Program Advisor for specific requirements.

How many of these courses can count toward my graduate MSIS degree?

Normally 12 hours (4 CPM courses) can count toward the MSIS degree. Be sure to check with your academic advisor about how CPM courses can fit in your degree plan.

Where do I get more information about the Texas CPM Program?

Information about the Texas CPM Program is available on the CPM Web Site, which is www.txstate.edu/cpm.

How do I register for CPM Courses?

You can mail or fax in your registration form or you can register on-line at the CPM web site which is www.txstate.edu/cpm .

You can contact the Director of the Texas CPM Program, Dr. Howard Balanoff at 512/245-3453 or hb02@txstate.edu to register for CPM courses at the San Marcos, San Antonio and Abilene locations. Please check the schedules link on the CPM website for contact information for the other universities that are members of the CPM Network.

When do I have to pay registration fees?

If you are taking CPM courses for certification credit only in San Marcos, Round Rock or Arlington CPM Registration fees are due by the first day of class. Registration fees can be paid online. Go to the CPM website and open the link “Register for CPM Courses Online” and complete the secure credit card form which will be visible after you complete the online registration

To register and pay for CPM courses at locations other than Round Rock, San Marcos and Arlington contact the CPM Director at that location to find out when registration fees need to be paid.

How much does it cost?

If a participant is taking CPM courses for Certification only than the current cost is $595 per course. There are 7 courses in the CPM Program so the cost is $4165 for the entire program.

CPM participants in Round Rock and San Marcos that are taking CPM courses for academic credit must pay an additional fee to receive academic credit. The cost for each undergraduate CPM course is $651.00 and the cost for each graduate CPM course is $801.00. Starting in the Fall 2013 Semester there is a price increase. The cost for each CPM undergraduate course is $682.89 and the cost for each graduate course is $832.89.

How can I enroll or apply to the program?

Applications can be found on the web or in the various CPM brochures put out by the member universities. Contact information for all of the CPM Directors is available on the CPM website.

How long is the program?

When the CPM Program is offered in a 1 day a month format it takes about 18-21 months to complete the Program. When it is offered in a 1 ½ day a month format it takes about 12-14 months to complete the CPM Program.

Who teaches the classes?

CPM courses are taught by professional public and not for profit supervisors and leaders such as city and county managers and department heads. Additional persons teaching in CPM courses are professors, private consultants and professional trainers.

What are the individual course descriptions?

Class Descriptions - See the CPM Program Brochure for a description of the 7 courses in the CPM Program. The brochure can be downloaded from the CPM website for course descriptions. Also see course details link under "About CPM".

How many participants have graduated from the CPM program?

Over 1100 participants in Texas have completed the CPM Program since it began in July 1995.