CPM Colleague Groups (Cohorts)

You can complete the nationally accredited Certified Public Manager® Program in 18 months as part of a cohort. This group attends classes collectively, two days per month, becoming Certified Public Managers together. For additional information about joining a colleague cohort, please contact Sunshine Jansen (sunshine.jansen@wisc.edu). For additional information and access to the Colleague Group application, see below.


In a Colleague Group you will complete all requirements needed to become a Certified Public Manager, with the following added benefits:

  • Collegiality
    You will participate in the entire program with the same group; this allows you to develop professional networks and to work on group projects.
  • Responsiveness
    The curriculum will be tailored to the needs of the class; information from the first sessions will be used to select instructional materials that respond to your individual and agency-specific needs.
  • Easier registration, fewer decisions
    You only have to register once, and you will not have to choose between elective classes, or be concerned that the class you need is not available in a given semester.
  • Cost savings
    Offering a colleague-based program in a government facility saves significant program administration costs. We pass those savings on to you. The cost of this program is less than if you were to register for classes on an individual basis.

Desired learning outcomes for all CPM classes


Expectations of a Colleague Group participant

The program is organized into three phases: supervisory, management and executive.

  • Phase I– Supervisory
    • Management assessment
    • Write a supervisory paper
  • Phase II– Management
    • CPM classes- see class schedule for additional information
    • Complete pre-class assignments
    • Write post-class reflective essays and provide peer review to a classmate’s
  • Phase III– Executive
    • Write 3 papers, including an extensive applied project that benefits one’s agency
    • Plan and participate in a group project that benefits the larger community
    • Participate in development and presentation of case studies

CPM policies


How to apply

Complete the 2021-2023 Colleague Group Application (This is a fillable PDF, which sometimes doesn’t work in Firefox. If you’d prefer to fill it out online rather than printing it, please try again in a different browser.)

2021-2023 Colleague Group schedule

Colleague Group flyer


Important Links/ Additional Information

CPM graduates’ applied projects

Class Projects

Handbook for Cohorts and their Agencies

Phase I Written Project guidelines

CPM FAQs

CPM Projects

CPM Certificate Overview