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  • 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®).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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".

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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".

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