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State of NJ Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM)

The nationally accredited State of New Jersey Certified Public Manager® Program is administered by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) and delivered by Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA).

The New Jersey Certified Public Manager® Program develops public and nonprofit managers, administrators, and supervisors into efficient, effective, and ethical organizational leaders. Participants will gain the knowledge needed to tackle complex organizational challenges, manage their day-to-day operations more effectively, and grow as leaders. The program also provides a framework upon which leaders can build and apply throughout their career.

NEW FOR 2021

The New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program is currently offered virtually. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consideration of our students’ need for flexibility, the program has been modified. We are very committed to providing a safe and high-quality CPM program. Our goal is to foster engaging learning instances, as well as create opportunities for students to work independently, and with their classmates and instructors.

The class duration has been adjusted to half-day morning sessions (3 hours). However, to meet the National CPM Consortium program hour requirement, students will also be expected to participate in small group activities and discussion boards in addition to the AM sessions.

Note: Our new program design will allow us to pivot to hybrid learning, when permitted. At that time we will offer the option of in-person or virtual participation. In-person cohorts will follow current guidance from the Governor's office, the Department of Health, Civil Service Commission, Rutgers University, and the facilities in which we operate.

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The NJ CPM Program is designed around the core leadership requirements established by the National Consortium of Certified Public Managers. The curriculum was developed jointly by Rutgers University–Newark's School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and the State of New Jersey's Civil Service Commission to meet the complex demands and challenges of the 21st-century public management environment.

The core competencies of the New Jersey Certified Public Manager Program are:

  • Public Service Focus
  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Administrative Law
  • Budgetary Process
  • Management Information Systems
  • Personal and Organizational Integrity
  • Managing Work
  • Leading People
  • Developing Self
  • Systemic Integration
  • Change Leadership


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