CPM – Nonprofit Employees

About the Program

The New Jersey Certified Public Manager Program equips participants with the skills and competencies needed to impact their organization's efforts to meet its mission and performance goals in today's dynamic public management environment. 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 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'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

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the CPM Program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to be successful public sector managers, supervisors, and leaders
  • Effectively align resources and lead people to accomplish agency goals
  • Demonstrate high levels of commitment to public service, personal integrity and continuous learning
  • Practice results-driven management and act as an effective change agent
  • Become a member of a network of public leaders and managers in the American Academy of Certified Public Managers (AACPM)
  • Apply up to 15 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits toward a degree at Rutgers University and possibly at other institutions of higher learning

Program Design

The NJ CPM Program consists of:

  • 21 courses which meet one workday once a week over a period of 10 months
  • 252 classroom hours plus a 50-hour work-related capstone project
  • A cohort model, where the same students attend all courses together
  • The option to select one of various locations throughout New Jersey

Courses are highly interactive and include case studies, presentations, papers, projects, self-assessments, and review of current literature that relate directly to workplace issues and will positively impact the participant's capabilities in their work setting.

Capstone Project
Each participant will select a project with her/his supervisor that will benefit their organization. The participant will apply CPM concepts, skills, and learning while working on the project throughout the nine months of the program.

Schedule Options
See Schedules & Locations for cohort start dates and locations.

Flexible Framework
Flexible start dates, locations, and class schedules can be arranged for groups of 15 or more. Contact Jane Sharp, Director of the Certified Public Manager Program, at cpmspaa@andromeda.rutgers.edu or 973-353-3979.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for the NJ CPM Program, candidates must be a manager, administrator, or supervisor in a nonprofit organization in New Jersey and have at least two years of supervisory experience. Candidates who do not currently supervise staff but have responsibility for managing, coordinating, or overseeing a program area whose deliverable has an impact beyond their current work unit will also be considered. Candidates must have the approval and support of their current supervisor and organization.

A Bachelor's degree is not required and participants are not required to enroll in or complete an academic degree program; however, Rutgers will accept college credits for completion of the NJ CPM Program.

Program Cost

The cost includes all materials required for the program and is $3,700 per participant.


Courses are taught by Rutgers full-time faculty and qualified practitioners in their areas of competence. CPM faculty and mentors are selected for their academic qualifications and for their demonstrated excellence as practitioners in public management and business. In addition to quality instruction, each participant receives coaching from faculty members throughout the program.

Program Administration

The CPM Program is operated under a contract with the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark. The New Jersey Civil Service Commission oversees the NJ CPM Program.

Program Contacts

  • Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration
    Jane Sharp, MPA
    Director, Certified Public Manager Program
  • State of NJ Civil Service Commission
    (for application and eligibility requirements)
    Tira McCants
    CPM Coordinator
    Office of Administration and Training


The CPM FAQs for Nonprofit Employees section has answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the CPM program.

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