CPM: National Certified Public Manager® Consortium

Program Endorsements

“I have really learned to take my current skills and experience and have tools to help me foster the work results that I am wanting into a positive management style I am seeing my staff happier and more confident in just these few short weeks.”

“The learning experience was far above my original expectations. I was able to enhance my knowledge in areas in addition to gain knowledge in many areas I was not familiar with. The entire course was beneficial in helping me improve my personal management.”


Bob Ramsey Executive Education is the only nationally accredited provider of the Certified Public Manager® (CPM) credential in Arizona. The ASU Certified Public Manager® Program is accredited by the National CPM Consortium and is designed to develop the effectiveness of municipal, county, state, tribal, and federal public managers. Over 100 public managers earn the CPM designation through ASU each year. The program is available in both a classroom and an online format. The classroom format is a cohort learning experience with peers across the region. The online CPM Program is a cohort learning experience that attracts a mix of participants from Arizona and other states. 

To earn the CPM designation, participants are required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of structured learning activities addressing the CPM Competencies.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the Certified Public Management® Program, applicants are required to have completed at least 60 hours of instructor-led learning activities that address the CPM Competencies. This requirement can be fulfilled through completion of one of the approved Supervisor Academies (listed below) or other learning activities, such as academic courses or professional development classes which address the CPM competencies.

  • AGTS
  • Central Arizona Project Supervisors Academy
  • Certified Municipal Clerks (IIMC)
  • City of Mesa (Lead Mesa Academy)
  • City of Peoria
  • City of Phoenix (Supervisory Academy prior to 2018)
  • City of Tempe
  • Pinal County

Participants must also work in, or with, a public sector agency or non-profit or quasi-government agency. All cohort dates are subject to enrollment.

ASU CPM Program Component

A minimum of 240 hours of learning activities will be completed during the ASU CPM Program. To ensure you complete the required hours for certification, you should plan on participating in every class and completing all assignments.

Program Commitment:

To earn the Certified Public Manager® designation, you will need to be able to commit to the following requirements:

  • Attend all program class sessions
  • Complete all assignments within the specified timeframe
  • Actively engage in the learning process

Thank you for your interest in the CPM Program! In order to learn more and apply, please visit the CPM Classroom or CPM Online Overview pages. You will find details such as dates, application requirements, classroom locations, and contact information.