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FAQs

Why should an employer pay for this professional development opportunity? 

Participants will identify targets for professional development, establish professional networks, practice public speaking, and strengthen leadership skills.  Employers will strengthen the succession planning of their organization and can reward top performers a significant professional development opportunity. The key assessment mechanism of the CPM® program is the Capstone Project, which requires participants to apply program concepts to an identified need in their organization. The return on investment from the capstone work often exceeds the cost of the program.

What are my employer requirements for nomination, enrollment, tuition, and work release? 

Please contact your agency HR for agency specific instructions regarding the CPM® program.


Why would you recommend the CPM® program?

“CPM® presents an incredible opportunity to build relationships with your peers and learn from their experiences. The subjects presented facilitate professional growth in multiple areas and the core competencies really helped me to focus on areas where I could improve my skills and knowledge.”

– Lori Hicks, Idaho State Police

How is CPM® going to benefit my organization?

“As a CPM® graduate, I have been able to share the skills and knowledge that I acquired throughout the program with the employees in my organization. We have been able to use that knowledge collectively to improve some of our processes and the way we approach our mission.”

  – Trevor Sparrow, Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy

What is the best advice you can give someone considering applying for the CPM® program?

“If you are currently working in the public sector and want to have a career in the public sector, this program is perhaps the best training option for leading and growing in the public sector.”

– Erin Seaman, Idaho Information Technology Services

I manage a program, not people. Would I get anything out of the program?

“Absolutely! Managing involves working with people, directly or indirectly. Not only is there the people factor in the courses, but there is also the understanding of the agencies and legislative processes. When working through problems and finding solutions for your program, there is great opportunity, through CPM®, to learn how to navigate and be prepared to present solutions with the understanding of all that is involved.”

– Laela Wilmot, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

What opportunities does CPM® provide after certification?

“CPM® Certification is not only a sparkly addition to a resume, but the tools acquired during the program build skills that employers notice. CPM® graduates have proven they can handle deadlines and projects and juggling priorities. These abilities translate well in the workplace.”

– Amy Jordan, Idaho State Police

I already have a higher degree. Why would I want to do CPM® too?

“CPM® is more practical than most master’s and doctoral programs. CPM® is for leaders already working the public sector and seeking to develop and grow within the government framework. CPM® Certification can enhance the theoretical concepts taught in higher degree programs and gives real-world experience and approaches to the candidate to use immediately when they are back at the office.”

– Shannon Hohl, Idaho Department of Insurance

What is the real return on investment?

“Employees that are equipped to assume leadership positions within an agency. While a certificate does not a leader make, participation in the CPM® program teaches the skills that are applicable to leading teams. CPM® graduates can bring fresh perspectives to their agencies, strengthening their teams and creating better results.”

  – Victoria Runnoe, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

How can I balance the program time and my full-time work?

“The CPM® curriculum is designed by public employees for public employees, so we understand the time constraints that participants face. It is carefully designed to be challenging without being overwhelming. Instructors and CPM® facilitators are readily available to work with participants on any individual challenges. While there is a definite time commitment involved, and participants should come prepared to dedicate time to the program beyond their monthly in-class training, the program is designed to be compatible with the demands of a full-time job. Participants will be most successful when supervisors check-in with them periodically on their progress and support them by allowing some time for project research, development, and completion.”

  – Nancy Jones, Kootenai County

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