CPM – FAQ
State of NJ Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM)
CPM is part of a national effort to develop effective management skills through training and education of supervisors and managers in State and local government, including those in the law and public safety community. The New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program is accredited by the National Consortium of Certified Public Managers, which represents CPM Programs in over 40 states.
The 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'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. Courses are taught by Rutgers SPAA full-time faculty and New Jersey qualified practitioners in their area of expertise.
- You will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and competencies necessary to be a successful public sector supervisor, manager, and leader.
- You will network with other public employees and learn what works, or does not, from managers in other agencies and departments.
- Many agencies look at individuals that have completed the CPM Program very favorably when considering them for employment and promotion.
- You can become a member of a network of public leaders and managers in the American Academy of Certified Public Managers (AACPM).
- You can apply up to 15 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits toward a degree at Rutgers University and possibly at other institutions of higher learning.
- Classes consisting of 21 courses
- Each course consists of classes that meet one workday once a week or on Fridays and Saturdays twice a month over a ten-month period
- 252 classroom hours, plus a 50 hour work-related project
- A Cohort Model, where the same students attend all classes together
- The option to select your class location
To be eligible for the New Jersey CPM Program, candidates must be a manager, administrator, or supervisor in a nonprofit organization in New Jersey and have at least two years supervisory experience. If candidates do not currently have supervisory staff experience, but have responsibility for managing, coordinating, or overseeing a program area whose deliverable has an impact beyond their current work unit, they will also be considered for entrance into the CPM Program.
No, participants are not required to have a bachelors degree to apply.
The New Jersey CPM Program is offered on a rolling basis – exact start dates depend upon the Schedule & Locations.
Rolling admissions is a system where applications can be submitted at any time. When there are a sufficient number of accepted applicants for a new cohort, the CPM Program Director will contact each accepted applicant about the schedule for the new cohort.
CPM Schedules & Locations are posted as they become available. New locations can be added depending on interest.
Yes. After you are accepted into the CPM Program, you will be placed in a cohort model, where all the students will attend all classes together.
Participants are expected to stay with their cohorts for the duration of the program.
All participants are required to physically come to class. This has been the preferred method of instruction of students who have been in the CPM Program. No courses will be offered online, however online technology will be utilized to complete some assignments.
No more than three (3) unexcused days of classes can be missed in one cohort. The State Contract Manager will be notified when any student has exceeded the absence limits. When a student has more than three (3) unexcused absences, he or she has the following options:
- Make up the course and assignments with another cohort and graduate later. Students have three (3) years to complete the CPM program.
- Make up the course on an alternate location, provided there is room in the class.
- Complete the optional assignment “FEMA Introduction to Emergency Management” which can be found in Course 20 on Blackboard. This online certificate will count toward one missed class.
- For an assignment, a participant can negotiate a new due date with the Cohort Advisor and the relevant faculty, but that due date must be met.
SPAA will allow excused absences for work related requirements, family emergencies, and illness with a doctor’s note. Absence request forms must be submitted to the Director for approval. Students are expected to complete assignments for any missed classes.
Courses are highly interactive and include case studies, presentations, papers, projects, self-assessments and reviews of current literature that relate directly to workplace issues and will positively impact the participant's capabilities in their work setting.
There are three (3) multiple-choice tests taken over the course of the ten (10) months. The tests will be taken online.
Each participant will select a project with his/her Supervisor that will benefit their organization. The participant will apply CPM concepts, skills, and learning while working on the project throughout the ten months of the program.
We assume that your previous supervisor has given approval on behalf of your agency. However, you will want to discuss your participation in the CPM Program and your Work Related Project with your new supervisor.
You will need to discuss your participation with your new employer and determine how best to complete your Work Related Project.
No, all coursework, including the Work Related Project, must be completed in order to graduate from the CPM Program.
After a participant successfully completes all coursework and requirements, they will receive a Certificate recognizing their CPM designation during the graduation ceremony. Participants can request a transcript from Rutgers University, once all of the modules have been completed. Participants are also eligible for 30.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU).
Participants are not required to enroll in or complete an academic degree program at Rutgers University; however, they can contact Jane Sharp, Director of the Certified Public Manager Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-353-3979 for more information regarding receiving college credits at Rutgers University for completing the New Jersey CPM Program.
Payment arrangements must be finalized before classes start.