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In 1986, the Office of Personnel Management created the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program as a comprehensive management-training program for state government employees. The Legislature made the Oklahoma CPM Program statutory in 1995.

The Oklahoma CPM Program is designed to improve service to the citizens of the state of Oklahoma. Participants in the program become better resources for their agency and for the state through seminars, examinations, job-related projects, and by enhancing their management skills. The long-range goals of the Oklahoma CPM Program include helping agencies identify and develop the skills of Oklahoma state government’s future leaders.

The Oklahoma CPM program was first accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium in 1988 and received continued accreditation in 1993, 1998, and 2003. Oklahoma is one of 27 programs accredited by the Consortium; seven other government entities are currently developing a CPM program to enhance their productivity.

Since its inception more than 450 state employees have graduated from Oklahoma’s CPM Program, including 26 in 2009.

Program Requirements: The Oklahoma CPM Program is a three-level program consisting of 258 required hours and 42 elective hours:

Level 1: Basic supervisory skills – 80 classroom hours
Level 2: Middle-management skills – 77 classroom hours
Level 3: Advanced-management skills – 77 classroom hours

A CPM candidate is also required to complete four examinations, one for each level and one comprehensive exam. In addition, each candidate must complete three job-related projects in a timely manner, which provides an outstanding opportunity for candidates to work on ideas for efficiency in the workplace, problem-solving at work, and developing strategic work plans for the future.

The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Managers is a nationally recognized professional organization for state managers. It was founded in June 1989 by a group of the first graduates of Oklahoma’s certified Public Managers Program. The purpose of the organization is to improve the quality of Oklahoma government through management networking, education and emerging trends of operation in the public sector. OSCPM members are setting a precedence of excellence in Oklahoma state government.

OSCPM is a founding member of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers and will host the national conference in Oklahoma City in October 2010. AACPM is a national organization of state CPM societies.