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CPM Accreditation

The Michigan Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is a hybrid program that is grounded on three pillars:

  1. Sharpening the personal and professional leadership styles, and expanding the knowledge and skills of public managers to inspire positive change in their workplaces and communities.
  2. Promoting the unstinting adherence to the rule of law.
  3. Developing public managers’ ability to use language effectively in political and organizational contexts to bring superiors, peers, and subordinates to agreement, action and cooperation.

At a Glance

What: 308-hour, accredited certification program that provides a comprehensive course of study that is built on recognized public management theories, tools and best practices; and trains managers to apply these theories and practices to the challenges they face as individuals and leaders in the service of the public. 

Who: Taught by Saginaw Valley State University staff, leading specialists and consultants in leadership, management, and workplace skills. 

How: The Michigan CPM Program is delivered using hybrid format as follows:

  • 5 Face-to-Face Courses
  • 16 Online Courses
  • 1 Capstone Presentation
  • 1 Selected Reading Assignment

LOCATION: SVSU Gilbertson Hall

When: Cohort 13 group starts on Friday, February 28, 2020

Face-to-Face Dates are:

  1. Friday, Feb 28
  2. Friday, May 15
  3. Friday, July 10
  4. Friday, Aug 28
  5. Friday, Nov 13

Program Cost: $2,995.00

Benefit: Starting in with academic year (August 2018), anyone who successfully completes the CPM program (and produces proof of completion for Cohort 9 or newer) will be granted 6 credits (two classes) toward the Master's of Public Administration Program. The candidate will need to apply for the MPA program and be successfully admitted prior to the granting of the 6 credit hours. For more information on SVSU's MPA program visit 

Questions?: Contact Jaime Frank at 989-964-4048 or at 

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“As an elected official in Bay County, MI,  I found the Michigan Certified Public Managers course at SVSU to be an extremely valuable asset that allows me to better manage my office. This course has gone way beyond the generic concept of public management and took it to the next level. The CPM class made me look at scenarios that happen within my day to day business life from several different perspectives. It teaches you not only how to manage your office but how your decisions can directly impact your community. I strongly recommend this course to anyone looking to fully understand public management from a three dimensional view.”   ~ Brandon Krause, Bay County Register of Deeds.

Michigan CPM Program Description
Michigan CPM Program Purpose and Benefits
Michigan CPM Program Target Audience
Michigan CPM Program Requirements
Michigan CPM Program Application and Costs

+ Michigan CPM® Program Instructors

+ Michigan CPM® Program Advisory Board

Michigan CPM Contact

Please contact Jaime Frank if you have questions about the Michigan CPM Program

at 989-964-4048 or at


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