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History of CPM

In 2002, the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) and Drake University partnered to offer a Certified Public Manager Program® (CPM) for Iowa.

CPM is an intensive learning experience unlike anything previously offered by the State. Emphasis in the program was placed on problem solving and teamwork and was built on the direction established in the Governor's Leadership Agenda and the Iowa Excellence Initiative.

The Iowa CPM program is accredited by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium. The program focuses on professionalizing the practice of public management in much the same way as other occupations.

Goals of CPM:

  • Strengthen organizations through improving the performance of Iowa's public managers
  • Encourage the recognition of public management as a profession
  • Establish a course of study by which knowledge about self, groups, and organizations may be acquired
  • Foster and maintain high educational and ethical standards in the practice of public management
  • Establish an objective assessment for a public manager's professional knowledge and performance
  • Provide enhanced professional recognition of management development by public managers