The Tennessee Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is based in the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership, an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS). Advisory assistance is provided by a committee. The CPM Program curriculum is determined by the National Certified Manager Program which provides accreditation for the Tennessee Certified Public Manager Program and is approved for continuing education units (CEUs).

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the Tennessee Certified Public Manager® Program is to provide an in-depth, comprehensive, competency-based, nationally certified development program for middle managers from state and local government organizations, universities, and those from business and industry who desire this training and certification.

  • Providing high-quality instruction which enhances participant performance in competencies identified as essential to managerial effectiveness in TN state and local government.
  • Using multiple sources of feedback to build participant self-awareness concerning the impact of their own behavioral style, values, beliefs, and competencies on managerial performance.
  • Facilitating participants’ applications of learning on the job to improve effectiveness of TN state agencies/universities, local government organizations and other participants.


The UT Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership is now accepting applications for the state’s first Certified Public Manager (CPM) program, which will hold its first cohort of classes in January 2018.
The Tennessee CPM program is a project-based, 12-month series of courses for all levels of public service employees across the state. The initial cohort will be limited to 12 participants to assure strong interaction with program instructors and participants. 
Program participants will be able to sharpen their personal and professional leadership styles and expand the knowledge and skills needed to manage and inspire positive change in their workplaces and communities. Participants will meet for a total of twelve weekends over a period of 12 months. The competency-based instruction comprised of our modules will take place in class sessions and online exercises. After the modules, students will complete a capstone project before obtaining the public manager certification at the end of the 12 month program. 
The Tennessee Certified Public Manager (CPM) program, which consists of 300 total hours of training, is designed in conformance with the requirements of the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium. 



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