Certified Public Manager®

Advance Your Career in the Public Sector


Program Details

  • Location: Online, UW Tacoma
  • Time of Day: Days, Flexible
  • Duration: 11 months

Next Start Date

August 1, 2024

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About This Program

Certified public managers work in government and public sectors and use their leadership and management skills to improve the effectiveness of their agencies. These passionate public servants have a significant role to play in strengthening their organization’s reputation and building trusting relationships with the public.

The Washington Certified Public Manager® program is designed for public employees who want to connect their leadership journey to their work in the public sector. You’ll study a set of key competencies for Washington state public administrators, including leadership, work management, organizational integrity and personal development. The program also integrates key process improvement skills at the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt level. 

Learn how to address the challenges and demands of public management through in-person workshops, online class lectures and discussions, peer mentorship relationships and a self-leadership project. You’ll wrap up the program with a capstone project directly applicable to your organization’s unique needs.

Designed For

Public, government and certain nonprofit employees in leadership roles and professionals who aspire to management positions.

Earn Nationally Recognized Qualifications 

Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive the Certified Public Manager® designation and the UW Tacoma Lean Six Sigma Green Belt qualification. You’ll also be eligible to join the American Academy of Certified Public Managers®.

Learn More

This program is offered by the University of Washington Tacoma’s Professional Development Center. For more information and to apply, visit the Professional Development Center

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