Florida’s CPM program adds 351 new graduates

The 2017 Florida Certified Public Manager Graduation ceremony held in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

The Florida Certified Public Manager (CPM) program will honor 351 new graduates this summer, bringing the total number of CPM graduates in Florida to approximately 5,906 — more than any other state.

In honor of these CPM graduates, Gov. Rick Scott has designated the week of July 24-30, 2017, as “Certified Public Manager Recognition Week.”

The CPM program is a nationally recognized leadership development program, currently delivered in 38 states. The purpose is to develop more effective public managers, thereby improving services to all Florida taxpayers.

There will be two separate CPM graduation ceremonies this summer, each of which is the culmination of a three-day leadership conference.

  • Thursday, July 20, in Tallahassee: The ceremony will recognize 175 graduates at 1:15 p.m. at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, in Bartow, Fla.: The ceremony will recognize 176 graduates at 1:15 p.m. at the Bartow Civic Center.

Florida has one of the most successful CPM programs in the country. It is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University, which is part of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

The 351 new graduates completed a rigorous two-year program, including 32 days of training, plus required projects and exams. More than 100 government agencies, including cities, counties, state and constitutional offices, have participated in the Florida CPM program.

For more information on the CPM program, visit the Florida Center for Public Management.