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Certified Public Manager


Certified Public Manager Program

Developing today's public leaders through CPM

In an effort to maintain Iowa's high level of commitment to its citizens, the State of Iowa, in partnership with Drake University, offers a nationally accredited Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program.

CPM is an intensive learning experience designed for supervisors, managers, executives, management staff, and project managers from federal, state, county, and local governments. The program includes discussion, traditional classroom experiences, and on-line learning. Participants also complete one job-related team project, which gives them the opportunity to apply theories, principles, and/or techniques learned in the CPM program to a situation, problem, concern, or opportunity in a public organization.

Applications for CPM can be downloaded.

More Information:

CPM Cohort 33 to start January 21, 2020!

  • Interested in the schedule? Here it is.

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Congratulations graduates - Cohort 29  Spring 2019:

The 29th cohort class of professionals completed the 18-month curriculum and now hold the nationally recognized professional designation Certified Public Manager┬«

Cohort 29 consisted of: Katherine Dostart, City of Des Moines, Jennifer Fletcher, City of Des Moines, Scott Littell, City of Des Moines, Tom Alessio, Polk County, Whitney Baethke, City of Montezuma, Lorrain Bremer, Iowa Department of Transportation, Matthew Bruner, Iowa Department of Transportation, Tom Bruun, Iowa Department of Transportation, Brandon Burnett, State of Iowa-OCIO, Chris Clement, City of Des Moines Fire Department, LIsa Cook, DHS-Iowa Medicaid Enterprise, Michael Gentosi, Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department, Michael Gulick, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Samuel Hiscocks, Iowa Department of Transportation, Leslie Irlbeck, Metro Waste Authority, John Kraemer, Iowa Department of Public Health, Ping Lu, Iowa Department of Transportation, Brandy March, State of Iowa-Commerce Division of Banking, Kristen May, DAS GSE & Terrace Hill, Trevor Mayberry, DHS-Glenwood Resource Center, Michael McCoy, Metro Waste Authority, Julie Ntem, Iowa College Student Aid Commission, Steven Oberbroeckling, DAS-Central Procurement, Brooke Parziale, Iowa Finance Authority, Renee Paulsen, Professional Licensing Bureau, Patricia Radke, Metro Waste Authority, David Schelling, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, David Scott, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, David Thompson, Iowa Department of Transportation.