About Us

The CPM Program

The Certified Public Manager (CPM) is a nationally accredited professional designation established in 1979 for the purpose of improving performance and advancing best practice standards for non-profit and public sector leaders and managers. The CPM is a comprehensive leadership and management development program based upon a selected set of competencies. There is only one CPM Program accredited for each state.  Currently, there are 42 states with CPM Programs across the US and the Virgin Islands.

The CPM is awarded upon completion of a CPM program accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. CPM graduates come from public, private, and non-profit career fields. The words “certified public manager” are registered service marks by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Certified Public Manager Program of Illinois (CPMPI) is uniquely designed to provide public manager professionals in Illinois with the essential knowledge and skills to be successful leaders in the non-profit and public sectors. The CPMPI program is learner-centered, focusing on fresh approaches, new ideas and relevant and usable information.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Certified Public Manager Program of Illinois is to contribute to the effectiveness of the public services in the State of Illinois by offering a professional development program that provides public manager professionals with the essential and core knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to manage in the public sector of the 21st century.

Our Values:

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Results
  • Knowledge Construction

Our Vision:

The CPM is the most highly valued public leadership and management professional development credential in the State of Illinois

CPM Program Objectives:

  • Supporting the unique professional development needs of Illinois public managers in the 21st Century;
  • Promoting leadership development in the practice of public management through high educational and ethical standards;
  • Providing a dynamic learning environment that facilitates the emergence of new and innovative ideas, approaches, and practices in the field of public administration;
  • Building collaborative partnerships across the nonprofit organizations, state, local and federal government agencies and organizations;
  • Serving as the resource for professional development training and education for the public sector in the State of Illinois.