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Heartland Certified Public Manager ® (CPM)

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The Certified Public Manager Program is a nationally accredited management and certification program committed to developing exceptional public managers. The Heartland Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program is the flagship program at the KUPMC and provides professional development for public service professionals in Kansas and Missouri. 

This 300-hour course is the only credentialing program for professionals in federal, state, or local government, nonprofits, and organizations that contract to provide public services and meet community needs.  

The course culminates with participants completing a capstone project that delivers an innovative solution to an issue they've identified within their organization.  

About the Heartland CPM Program (R)

Heartland CPM LogoThe Heartland CPM program has been continuously accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium since 1993, one of the longest running programs in the country.  The decades-long history demonstrates the staying power of the competency-based curriculum and the positive effect the program has on its participants and the organizations that send them.  

Nearly 1,900 public managers have graduated from the Heartland CPM program and have joined the international network of over 40,000 credentialed public managers worldwide.

Time Commitment

The program runs on a calendar year schedule. Sessions begin in January and classes meet with their cohorts two consecutive days/month through November.  The graduation ceremony is usually the first Friday in December in the State Capitol Building in Topeka.   

Investing in CPM

Heartland CPM graduates are organizational leaders who foster effective management practices.  They unleash the capacity and potential of their staff, improve the organizational culture, and inspire future leaders from within.  Organizations led by CPM graduates are professional, high-performing, efficient, and aspire to improve the quality of life for the residents in the community.  


The early bird rate for the Heartland Certified Public Manager® program is $3,900 until October 31, and increases to $4,100 on November 1.

The fee covers tuition, materials, a mid-year conference, and end of the year graduation ceremony. Most commonly, agencies sponsor their employee's participation. Sponsoring agencies are billed by the PMC once classes have started.

In 2023, the Certified Public Manager® program is being offered in three locations:

  • KC Metro, KU Edwards Campus
  • Newton, the Meridian Center
  • Online Cohort

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.

Important 2023 Dates

  • By August 30 | 2023 Registration Opens
  • October 31 | 2023 Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • November 1 | Regular Rate Tuition Begins, Continues Until Cohorts Are Full 
  • December 2 | Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony 8:45 -noon
  • December 1 | 2023 CPM Registration Deadline
  • January 10 | Kansas City Cohort Begins
  • January 17 | Newton Cohort Begins
  • January 24 | Online Cohort Begins


"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

"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 Participant

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Noel Rasor, CPM Program Manager

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