Certified Public Manager® Program

Certified Public Manager Program

What is MCPM?
The Mississippi Certified Public Manager® (MCPM) Program is a nationally recognized leadership development program for public managers and supervisors.  The federal government and 42 states participate in the National CPM Consortium, which accredits and establishes the requirements for the Certified Public Manager® designation.
Many governmental entities have chosen MCPM as their primary method for training current leaders and developing future leaders. 

Who Should Attend?
MCPM is designed for managers, experienced supervisors, and project team leaders who work in a state agency and have direct or functional supervision of people, projects, or programs. 

What Will Participants Learn from MCPM?
MCPM curriculum covers the full spectrum of management and leadership skill building, beginning with individual performance and expanding to broader organizational and public policy issues. The training style uses practical, hands-on learning activities to successfully join theory with practical application including six one-week levels of class room instruction, three job-related projects, elective courses based on development of key management and leadership skills, two readings, and an Executive Seminar.  Participants will receive individual coaching to create a leadership development plan that documents competency skill development.  In addition to earning credits toward a CPM designation, several colleges and universities accept the MCPM Program as credit for the upper division baccalaureate degree (15 semester hours) or for the graduate degree (9 semester hours) in Public Administration, Management, or HR.


Can I Get College Credit for MCPM?

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for the CPM Program:

  • Levels 1-3: 6 hours of lower baccalaureate/associate degree credit hours
    (3 semester hours in interpersonal communication and 3 semester hours in leadership)
  • Levels 4-6: 9 hours of upper baccalaureate credit
    (3 semester hours in organizational behavior, 3 semester hours in management, and 3 semester hours in strategic planning)

ACE recommendations are effective for 2017-2020 graduates. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website here.




Level 1 Topics

Level 2 Topics Level 3 Topics
  • Personal Styles
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Manager or Leader: Changing Behavior or Changing Minds
  • Leadership in a Changing World
  • Ethics in the Workplace
  • Employee Engagement
  • Coaching for Excellence
  • Creating Effective Teams
  • Conflict Management
  • Organizational Excellence
  • Effective Execution of Organizational and Project Plans
  • Organizational Communication
  • Change Management
  • Legal Issues
Level 4 Topics Level 5 Topics Level 6 Topics
  • Organizational Climate
  • Culture, Power, and Influence
  • Strategic Planning
  • Government Resources
  • Government Performance
  • The Public Policy Process
  • Employee Law
  • History of State Government
  • Role of Advocacy Organizations
  • Role of Public Relations
  • The Legislative Process



The CPM with Excellence program is designed to encourage graduates of the Mississippi Certified Public Manager® program to continue their professional development and to renew their commitment to life-long learning.


For more information about the CPM Program, contact Shondra Houseworth at 601-359-2715 or via email at shondra.houseworth@mspb.ms.gov.



CPM Documents

Certified Public Manager® Participant Handbook


Certified Public Manager® Project Handbook

Certified Public Manager® Program Level III Project Proposal Form

Certified Public Manager® Program Required Reading Form


Required Reading List


Request for Certification


Certified Public Manager® with Excellence Program



CPM Links

MS Society of Certified Public Managers ® (www.mscpm.org)

Certified Public Manager ® Consortium (www.cpmconsortium.org)

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