Individual Benefits

Certified Public Manager – The Gold Standard in Public Sector Management Training

  • Accredited Program: The Maryland CPM program is accredited by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium.
  • Competency-Based: The Maryland CPM program focuses on the core competencies of public sector management.
  • Academically Grounded and Applied: Taught by public management experts with an emphasis on real-world applications.
  • Recognized Credential: The Certified Public Manager® credential is recognized nationally
  • Earn a Nationally Recognized Credential: Graduates earn the nationally recognized Certified Public Manager® credential.
  • Enhance Professional Credibility: The CPM designation provides a competitive advantage in career progression.
  • Develop Leadership Skills: The program strengthens leadership skills that can be applied professionally and personally.
  • Enhance Public Management Skills: The program offers academically grounded, job-relevant training in the core competencies of public sector management.
  • Prepare for Promotion: Graduates acquire skills that enhance their effectiveness and innovation, preparing them for higher-level positions.
  • Innovate: Participants gain exposure to new ideas and professionals, sparking creativity and innovation.
  • Demonstrate Skill Mastery: Participants demonstrate their public management skills through the completion of a capstone project for their organization.
  • Jump Start to a Master’s Degree: Participants earn a 6-credit waiver for the University of Baltimore Master of Public Administration Program.
  • Expand Professional Network: Class members, representing a broad array of state, county, and municipal government agencies, expand their professional network.
  • Join a Professional Community: Graduates are automatically enrolled in the new Maryland Society of Certified Public Managers® and eligible to join the American Academy of Certified Public Managers.

“My confidence as a public health leader has improved significantly as a result of the comprehensive CPM program.

It was challenging but rewarding and further developed my skills in crucial areas such as leadership, human resource management, decision-making, emergency management, critical thinking, and communications. I have applied everything I learned to my role here at the Baltimore County Department of Health.

I also met other public managers and we bonded as we shared many of the same triumphs and challenges. I would encourage my colleagues to take this course to develop their leadership and interpersonal skills further and build long-lasting relationships with other public-sector leaders in neighboring counties.”          

Shakima Davey, MSW, LCSW-C, CPM.        Social Worker III
Baltimore County Health Department

“The Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program was one of the most fulfilling learning experiences in my life. The program’s alternating monthly retreat weeks, present a great opportunity to incorporate the training to real-time experiences in the respective fields of participants. The professional relationships that are developed with classmates is a bonus. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone seeking to succeed in public sector work.”

John Hagen, CPM
Pollution Control Analyst II
Baltimore City Department of Public Works