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The University of Houston’s Certified Public Manager Program (UH CPM Program) is  an affiliate of the CPM Program offered through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University and is accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. Texas State University directs the nationally recognized program in cooperation with the University of Houston and other Texas universities.

The program is designed for public service employees, working professionals, administrative staff, faculty, and students in the government and non-profit sectors who are interested in enhancing their skills and abilities needed to deal with “real-world” problems and situations.  It is a comprehensive course of study by which public managers can acquire and apply the best practices and theory to their management behaviors and strategies using prescribed sets of professional standards.

The Hobby School of Public Affairs manages the University of Houston affiliate. Those who complete the program earn a national trademark designation of CPM (Certified Public Manager).

What we offer

Our courses are flexible to meet the busy scheduled of working professionals. Class size is limited to a maximum of 25 participants in order to provide more attention to each student. CPM graduates gain broadened understanding of the complex issues facing today's public manager. They leave the program with improved skills for coping with the political and management challenges facing their current organizations as well as organizations they will serve in future years.

Each of the CPM courses is "team taught" by a combination of academic and practitioner faculty operating under the direction of the CPM coordinator. Many of the academic instructors are regular or adjunct faculty of the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and the University of Houston-Downtown. Practitioners include managers and executive staff at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government. In addition, private professional development and training consultants are part of the faculty mix. To view a list of our CPM faculty, please click here.

Where classes are held

Participants meet at the University of Houston central campus. The Hobby School of Public Affairs provides convenient parking for its CPM participants. CPM participants are also able to access on-campus dining and other university amenities.