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Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program

Certified Public Manager Program

Developing today's public leaders through CPM

To maintain Iowa's high level of commitment to professional development and public service, 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.

Cohort 38 Begins in September 6, 2022. 

          Applications are being taken now.  

CPM Blends In-person with Virtual Learning

The new cohort that begins in September of 2022 will meet using a blend of in-person learning at the Drake University campus and on-line virtual learning from your office or home.  Sessions that work best in a face-to-face setting will meet on the Drake University campus while sessions that work well in the live online format will be held using the virtual meeting format that has become commonplace in the last few years.  In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the CPM format is subject to change.  As September  approaches updates may occur.  The online learning experience features real-time virtual class sessions and other online engagement.  A mix of online with on-campus sessions lowers travel costs and travel time commitments while providing the face-to-face engagement for specific courses.  See the course schedule for more information.  

Technology Requirements

CPM is a very engaging experience whether offered virtually or face-to-face on the Drake campus. Since major elements of this CPM cohort will take place online, we ask that each CPM learner have access to a computer or device with an internet connection plus a microphone and camera to allow virtual engagement with others in real-time. If that resource is not available to you, please contact

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       to the graduates of Cohort 30 - Winter 2019:
The 30th cohort class of professionals completed the 18-month curriculum and now hold the nationally recognized professional designation Certified Public Manager┬«

Cohort 30 consisted of: Kristy Anderson, Iowa Department of Transportation;  Debra Arp, Iowa Department of Transportation; Samantha Askland, Iowa Finance Authority; Sarah Boese, Polk County Board of Supervisors;  Chander Natarajan OCIO; Amanda Chung, Iowa State University; Jeffrey Paul De Vries, Iowa Department of Transportation; Robert J. Fox, City of Des Moines Fire Department; Kelly Fredericks, Iowa Department of Administrative Services; Ksenia Gardino-Hammerberg, Iowa Finance Authority; Colleen Goddard, Iowa Professional Licensing Board;  Patrick Houlihan, City of Des Moines Fire Department; Steve Kinney, OCIO; Scott Kleppe, City of Solon;  Brenda Lee Kramer, Iowa Department of Transportation; Eric Lack, Iowa Department of Transportation;  Lolani Lekkas, Commerce-ABD; Emily J. McMahon, Des Moines Area Regional Transit; Melissa R. Miller, Iowa Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Susanne Morgan, Iowa Department of Transportation; Nick Nissen, City of Mount Vernon; Elizabeth Keest Sedrel, Iowa College Aid; Brett J. Toresdahl, Iowa Public Information Board; Shawn Steven VanHoozer, Polk County Sheriff's Office; Nancy Wheelock, Iowa Department of Administrative Services.