Certified Public Manager® Program

KUPMC Certified Public Manager

The Kansas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program is a professional education opportunity for managers working in government agencies, nonprofits, and organizations that contract to provide public services and meet community needs. CPM is a nationally accredited management program and certification in which participants develop and strengthen their management skills through our competency based curriculum. The program can fill a training gap for staff with significant technical expertise who seek to further their knowledge of current management practices.

The Kansas Certified Public Manager program was established in 1993 and since that time close to 1,600 public managers from all across the state have completed certification. The CPM certificate is a nationally recognized emblem of management excellence.

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Program Objectives and Format

The Kansas CPM program offers a blended learning approach of classroom hours, online learning, and outside assignments to meet 300 hours of structured learning. Along the way, you'll complete a capstone project focused on an opportunity for cost savings, revenue generation, process improvement, or innovation in your workplace. You'll meet in the classroom two days per month for one year, starting in January.

The Certified Public Manager program:

  • Provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in management practices for managers at all levels in government and public-serving organizations.
  • Offers opportunities for professional and personal growth for public-sector employees.
  • Fosters effective management practices in government and nonprofit organizations.

Other Kansas CPM partners include:

  • Kansas Association of Counties
  • League of Kansas Municipalities
  • Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

What Supervisors Are Saying About Us

"We have sent 27 managers and department heads to CPM over the last 9 years. The knowledge they bring back and the projects they implement through their capstones have strengthened the performance of our entire organization."

Toby Dougherty, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Hays, KS

"I rate the quality of instructors, assignments, reading materials, interactive learning environments, and relevance of the CPM program an A+. I also give the CPM program an A+ for value to me as a professional and to my agency. I am proud to be a graduate."

"The instruction we received was applied so inspirationally that it became very personal. Each class was taught with an enormous amount of conviction and enthusiasm. 

Past CPM participants


The Kansas Certified Public Manager® curriculum is designed to reflect the management skills and competencies needed to successfully manage projects, people, policies, and programs in today's public sector workplace.

The 2021 schedule for class dates and topics will be available in early December. 

Program Locations

In 2021, the Kansas Certified Public Manager® program is being offered in Lawrence, the Wichita Area, and online. 

You will enroll in a "home" location that you attend most of the time. However, we recognize that work responsibilities and vacation schedules may make attendance at the home location impossible for some meeting days. You are welcome to attend at one of the other locations when necessary to make up a class.

How to Apply for Admission

If you wish to apply for participation in the Kansas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program, you should:

  • Be selected by your employer.
  • Have been a public employee for at least one year.
  • Be a supervisor or manager. (Supervisors and managers will receive preference in the selection process over non-supervisory or non-managerial employees.)
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  • Submit a letter of recommendation from your supervisor by email.
  • Submit a one- to two-page letter of intent by email explaining why you wish to participate in the CPM program and demonstrating that you intend to participate fully and complete all program requirements.
  • Information regarding the submission of letters will be included in the confirmation email you receive after applying. 
  • Questions? Email: kupmcreg@ku.edu

Candidates will receive written notification regarding their admission into the Certified Public Manager® program once letters are received. 

Program Cost

Rate Price Deadline
Early Bird Rate $3,600 By November 2
Regular Rate $3,800 By December 1
Late Registration Rate $3,900 After December 1


The fee covers tuition, materials, and end of the year graduation ceremony. Most commonly, agencies sponsor their employee's participation.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand that circumstances may arise that make you unable to attend an event/course for which you have registered far in advance. You may send someone else in your place to the same or a future offering*, but you must notify us of that change a minimum of three business days prior to the event/course. There is no fee for this substitution.

If sending someone else isn’t an option:

  • Registration can be canceled up to two weeks prior to the event/course. The registration fee will be refunded, less a $50 per person administrative fee.
  • Registrants who cancel less than two weeks in advance of the event/course will be responsible for a $150 per person administrative fee.
  • Registrants who fail to cancel by the deadline and do not attend will be responsible for payment of the $150 administrative fee.
  • Registrants who attend any portion of the event/course and subsequently need to cancel will be charged for half of the cost of that event/course.
  • No refund will be given for anyone who completes half a course/event.

We reserve the right to cancel the event/course and return fees in the event of insufficient registration. The liability of the University of Kansas is limited to the registration fee. The University of Kansas will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants, including but not limited to airline cancelation charges or hotel deposits.

*For the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy, this substitute must be a sworn officer.

ADA Accessibility

We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please call 785-864-6864 to discuss your needs at least two weeks before the start of the program if possible.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.


Please contact Terri Callahan if you have questions about CPM.

Director, Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program
4060 Wescoe Hall

Terri is director of the Kansas Certified Public Manager® Program and an instructor in other Public Management Center programs.

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