Tuesday, November 1, 2016

University of New Orleans Tapped to Offer Only Public Manager Certification Program in Louisiana

John KieferJohn Kiefer

The University of New Orleans was officially approved as an associate member of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium at the consortium’s annual business meeting on Oct. 23 in Baltimore, Md. The University will begin offering Certified Public Manager® (CPM) training and subsequent credentialing in 2018 after a rigorous peer-reviewed accreditation process. The CPM program will be offered as non-credit instruction and coordinated by the Master of Public Administration program within the Department of Political Science.

No other organization in Louisiana offers a credentialing program for public managers. Those earning the Certified Public Manager® designation are eligible to become a member of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers, a national professional organization.

“Louisiana was one of only a handful of states that did not offer professional credentialing in public management for junior and mid-level leaders. Selecting UNO as the sole agency to offer this prestigious certification statewide was a testament to the quality and reputation of our faculty in the field of public administration,” said John Kiefer, director of UNO’s MPA program. “While our MPA already provides specialized leadership education to senior public managers, the CPM is aimed at junior to mid-level public servants and will certainly enhance the quality of public service here in Louisiana.”

At the same meeting, Leiden University in the Netherlands and the State of Michigan were also approved as associate members. Prior to designation as accredited members, associate members of the consortium enter into a mentorship period of two years during which they work with a member organization to develop a certification program.

The National Certified Public Manager® Consortium (NCPMC), formed in 1979, establishes and preserves standards for the CPM designation, a nationally accredited, comprehensive management development program specifically designed to prepare managers for careers in federal, state, local government and in other organizations with a public purpose.