School of Public Affairs and Administration Launches Certified Public Manager Program

The Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) has been awarded a contract by the the State of New Jersey to operate the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program for New Jersey state, county and municipal sector managers, administrators, and supervisors to help them become more efficient, effective, and ethical organizational leaders.

The New Jersey CPM Program is designed around the core leadership requirements established by the National Consortium of Certified Public Managers. The curriculum was developed jointly by Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and the State of New Jersey’s Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI) to meet the complex demands and challenges of the 21st-century public management environment. Courses are taught in four locations by Rutgers full-time faculty and qualified practitioners in their areas of competence.

Upon completion of the New Jersey CPM Program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to be successful public sector managers, supervisors, and leaders;
  • Effectively align resources and lead people to accomplish agency goals;
  • Demonstrate high levels of commitment to public service, personal integrity and continuous learning;
  • Practice results-driven management and act as an effective change agent;
  • Receive a certificate issued jointly by the State of New Jersey and Rutgers University;
  • Become a member of a network of public leaders and managers in the American Academy of Certified Public Managers (AACPM);
  • Apply up to 15 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits toward a degree at Rutgers University and possibly at other institutions of higher learning.

The New Jersey CPM Program:

  • Includes 18 courses taken over a nine-month period, which meet twice a month or once a week, plus a work-related project that will benefit the participant's organization;
  • Offers the option to select one of four locations – Newark, Trenton, New Brunswick, or Mays Landing;
  • Offers flexible start dates, locations, and class schedules can be arranged for groups of 12 or more;
  • Features the “cohort” model to help students stay on track to complete the program and support those who have not been in school recently.

The New Jersey CPM Program Requirements:

  • No prerequisites or entrance exams; participants are not required to have a bachelor’s degree;
  • Candidates must be a manager, administrator, or supervisor in a public organization in New Jersey and have two years supervisory experience (experience managing projects with impact beyond an individual work unit will also be considered)

For more information, contact Ingrid Castillo-Renderos, MPA, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark Campus, (973) 353-3979, or send email.

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