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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver

New Jersey CPM Program Overview

The State of New Jersey Certified Public Manager Program® (CPM) is nationally accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.  New Jersey has provided the CPM program to public sector managers, supervisors, and administrators since 1984. 

The NJ CPM program delivers challenging theoretical concepts, practical learning activities, and real-world assignments that are essential for the development of management skills. This combined conceptual and experiential learning approach prepares program graduates with essential competencies. Graduates learn models and strategies to effectively impact organizations’ missions and performance goals in the current, dynamic public management environment. 

CPM’s cohort model fosters collaborative knowledge building. This approach means that participants receive consistent academic and logistical support throughout the program. 

The NJ CPM Program participants meet one day a week for 10 months (36 sessions).  Classes meet once a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All requirements for the program may be completed within a year.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a CPM certificate and CPM designation issued jointly by The State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC), and Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). 


Continuing Education Units for College Credits

  • Graduates are also awarded 30.2 CEU’s and may apply up to (15) undergraduate credits or (9) graduate credits toward a degree at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.
  • Graduates that have professional certifications from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs will receive (1) CEU for Fire Administration and (9) CEUs each for Municipal & County Finance Officer, Qualified Purchasing Agent, Public Works Manager, Tax Collector, and Municipal Clerk.


New Jersey Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Application Requirements

To be eligible for the New Jersey CPM Program, an applicant must be a manager, administrator, or supervisor in a public or nonprofit organization in New Jersey. Applicants who are supervisors must have a minimum of two years supervisory experience. Applicants who do not supervise staff, but manage, coordinate, or oversee a program with deliverables and impact beyond their current work unit, will also be considered for entrance into the CPM Program.

To apply to the NJ CPM program, applicants must complete, prepare, and submit the following:

  • Application Form
  • Professional Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • Write a short essay (one to two typed double-spaced pages) that answers “Why are you interested in applying to the NJ Certified Public Manager Program?”
  • Supervisor Statement of Approval

Admission to The New Jersey Certified Public Manager Program® is processed on a rolling basis. Classes are held in various locations throughout the southern, central, and northern regions of New Jersey.  The application may be accessed via the CSC - CPM Application or Rutgers SPAA Rutgers SPAA - CPM

Program cost is $3700 per student.  The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has approved CPM for GI Bill educational benefits.

The NJ CPM program is delivered by Rutgers University, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and administered by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC).



Winter 2019 Locations

Morris County
Morris County Public Safety Training Academy

400 W Hanover Ave.
Morristown, Morris County
Tuesdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(Starts Feb. 26, 2019)

Atlantic City
Atlantic County Family and Community Development
Training Room (4th Floor)
1333 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(Starts March 12, 2019)


Spring 2019 Locations

Burlington County Emergency Training Center

53 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ 08060
Westampton, Burlington County
Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(Starts April 10, 2019)

Verona Town Hall

800 Bloomfield Ave, Verona NJ 07044
Verona, Essex County
Fridays 8:30AM - 4:30PM
(Starts May 3, 2019)


Fall 2019 Locations

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

1 John Fitch Way, Trenton, NJ 08611
Trenton, Mercer County
Fridays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Schedule TBD

Newark Police Communications Center

311 Washington St. Newark, NJ
Newark, Essex County
Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Schedule TBD

Monmouth County Fire Academy

1027 NJ-33, Freehold, NJ 07728
Freehold, Monmouth County
Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Schedule TBD



For more information on the CPM program you can also visit: http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/cpm

Submit all required information to the attention of Tira McCants, NJ CPM Coordinator at 44 S Clinton Ave, P.O. Box 318, Trenton 08625.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tira McCants at 609-777-1599 or NJCPM@csc.nj.gov.

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