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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).

NJCPM Mission Statement: 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.

The New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program is returning to in-person classes in the fall 2021. We are committed to providing a high-quality CPM program within a safe environment in which to operate. Health and safety measures in accordance with the guidance provided by the Governor’s Office, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), OSHA and the NJ Department of Health will be followed as well as those outlined by the facilities in which we operate. In the event the program cannot continue in-person, we will pivot to a virtual learning class.


Freehold 4 cohort on Thursdays starting Feb. 3.

Atlantic City 3 cohort on Tuesdays starting March 1


The NJCPM Program is planning on offering a virtual cohort in 2022 for those who would prefer the convenience of virtual instruction. Our goal is to foster an engaging virtual learning environment, as well as create opportunities for students to work independently, with their classmates and instructors. Interested participants can complete a CPM application and indicate their interest in attending the Virtual cohort.

Virtual Cohort Thursdays starting April 28

The application should be submitted to the attention of Tira McCants at

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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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