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Students can begin the CPM course of study with any of the CPM tracks (except track #7).  Participants can seek admission to the CPM Program at any time throughout the year. It is not necessary for a student to take all 7 CPM tracks in a year. They can take as few as one course per year. It is recommended that those enrolled in the CPM Program take at least 3 tracks per year. There is normally a 5 year time limit for the completion of all 7 tracks.

Students will receive certificates of completion and continuing education units (CEU's) after completing each track. To receive the national CPM Certification, however, students must complete the requirements for all 7 tracks. Persons can take CPM courses for continuing education, (CEU's), CPM and academic credit at the Round Rock and San Marcos locations.
Students seeking admission to the Texas CPM Program should be in public sector or not for profit sector jobs. Ideally, they should have approximately one year of working experience in the public or non-profit sector. Persons without a year of experience should contact the Director of the CPM Program concerning admission procedures. In some cases, persons in the private sector that are seeking to learn more about public or not for profit management can be admitted to the CPM Program on a space available basis.
Persons without a college degree can be accepted into the Texas CPM Program. If the student meets academic requirements than CPM courses can be used for academic credit toward a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree at the San Marcos and Round Rock locations. 
To obtain academic credit at Texas State University students must follow the procedures of the Office of Distance and Extended Learning and must also meet the State of Texas (i.e. TSIP) for receiving academic credit from a Texas University. Students must also meet the requirements of the Texas State University undergraduate and/or graduate catalogs which can be found on the University’s website at Persons wishing to use CPM courses for acedemic credit toward degree programs must gain approval for these courses from their academic degree advisor.