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Frequently Asked Questions

PDS Performance & Development Solutions

Listed below are some questions commonly asked about the Certified Public ManagerĀ® Program. If you have any additional questions, please contact PDS.

  1. What about the time commitment?
  2. I manage a program, not people. Would I get anything out of the program?
  3. How is this going to really benefit my organization?
  4. I already have my Master's degree. Why would I want to do CPM too?
  5. The cost seems high. Are there any payment plans available?
  6. Where are CPM classes held, and where can I park?
  7. What happens if a participant transfers to another state agency prior to completing the program?
  8. Who pays the enrollment fee for participating in CPM?
  9. Will an advanced degree exempt a participant from portions of the CPM Program?
  10. What happens if a participant misses a class?

Q1. What about the time commitment?

A1:"It is a big commitment, but managing a busy schedule, coordinating with coworkers, and delegating some tasks are part of the learning experience. Since we are given the class schedule for the entire program up front, it is easier to plan for the 2 days out of the office each month."

- Sam Hoerr, IPERS Bureau Chief (Cohort 6)

Q2. I manage a program, not people. Would I get anything out of the program?

A2:"As an Executive Officer, I do not manage people, but this program has broadened my perspective and my ability to work with others both within and outside my agency. You don't know what the future holds, but thankfully CPM has prepared me to manage and succeed in my future endeavors."

- Susan Khamtanh, Department of Revenue (Cohort 6)

Q3. How is this going to really benefit my organization?

A3:"One of the main purposes of CPM is to give participants many opportunities to think about, debate, and discuss issues we all face in the workplace. This not only provides the chance to share ideas, but allows us to think in new ways and bring those ideas back to the workplace. Implementing ideas that have been successful elsewhere saves time and trouble for our organization."

- Nancy Berggren, Former Department of Administrative Services, Human Resources Enterprise, Chief Operating Officer (CPM 1)

Q4. I already have my Master's degree. Why would I want to do CPM too?

A4:"If you have your Master's degree-this represents an opportunity to couple your degree with a much more experiential based certificate that will allow you to develop application experiences for your workplace. Also, about 1/3 of the curriculum is not part of either an MBA or MPA. About 15 percent of our certificate seekers hold a masters degree and they report the CPM adds much value to their competencies. For those who earned their degree more than five years ago, the certificate also allows for updating of their education."

- Lance Noe, Drake University College of Business and Public Administration, Director of Professional Studies

Q5. The cost seems high. Are there any payment plans available?

A5:"With over 300 contact hours of education, the cost boils down to just under $12/hour. Organizations may pay the enrollment fee as a one-time payment, or spread the cost over two fiscal years with 14 monthly payments of $250. Additional payment plans are also available upon request."

- Leslie Grefe, Former Performance & Development Solutions, CPM Program Coordinator

Q6. Where are CPM classes held, and where can I park?

A6:The majority of CPM classes will be held in Aliber hall at Drake University located near 29th and University in Des Moines. The most convenient place to park is in the Olmsted lot located at 29th and University. Other parking options are to utilize street parking along University Avenue or nearby side streets.  You may also park in the lot on the south side of University Avenue across the street from Aliber hall.  During the summer, the Olmsted lot is free of charge.

The 31st street freeway exit is the best way to access the campus. From either direction, take the 31st street exit and drive north on 31st to University. Turn right (east) on University and the Olmsted lot is a short distance on the left side of the street.

Q7. What happens if a participant transfers to another state agency prior to completing the program?

A7:Agencies are encouraged to honor the candidate's commitment to complete the CPM Program. The candidate must assume the responsibility for working out the arrangements between the two agencies including all financial commitments. The candidate must notify the CPM Program Coordinator of the arrangement.

Q8. Who pays the enrollment fee for participating in CPM?

A8:Generally, the participant's organization will pay the enrollment fee and any additional expenses the participant may have to incur in order to participate in program (i.e. travel expenses). Please speak with your organization directly to determine how to handle payment for the program.

Q9. Will an advanced degree exempt a participant from portions of the CPM Program?

A9:No, the interaction with other public sector employees in a team environment and the unique opportunities to translate management theory into management practice are invaluable. The field of management is ever changing. This program will strive to be relevant to today's issues and challenges.

Q10. What happens if a participant misses a class?

A10:Participants are required to attend all classes. If a situation occurs where you are not able to attend a class, this should be communicated to Lance Noe prior to the class date. You may then be able to coordinate a make up session or make up work to keep from falling behind the rest of the group. If absences are excessive, participants may be terminated from the program.

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