FAQs-Nevada Certified Public Manager Program (NVCPM)

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General Questions

1. Who may participate in the Nevada Certified Public Manager (NVCPM) Program?

The NVCPM Program is open to all State, federal, county and municipal government employees who meet at least one of the following criteria: a) manage or supervise people or projects; b) hold a mid-level supervisory or managerial position responsible for providing technical or professional support; or c) are identified by their agency executives as having strong potential for advancement into management and leadership positions.

2. How does one get selected for the NVCPM Program?

Interested government employees must complete the application form on the NVCPM website and then get the approval of their supervisors and Department Directors (who submit the completed application to the NVCPM Program Administrator). The Program Administrator may conduct interviews as part of the selection process. Successful applicants are high achievers in their respective positions and have the support of their management.Applicants should demonstrate strong conceptual ability, reading comprehension, and written and oral communication capabilities.

3. What are the requirements for the NVCPM Program?

The NVCPM Program is demanding and requires participants to demonstrate: a) an openness to developing professionally and growing personally; b) the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and competing priorities; c) the skill to maintain diverse working relationships; and d) a commitment to public service and to improving government services and outcomes.

4. What does it cost to participate in the NVCPM Program?

The Division of Human Resource Management will fund the instructional costs for a maximum of 40 participants from State agencies. For these participants there will be no tuition fees. Books and instructional materials are provided at no cost to the participants. However, any additional costs (such as participant travel) will be the responsibility of the participant’s agency. Non-State government employees will be required to pay the $2,400 tuition fees in addition to the additional costs mentioned above.

5. How long do I have to complete the program?

Participants are expected to complete the program as a group within the 18-month scheduled period for their class. Occasionally, circumstances require a participant to suspend their current class participation and re-enroll in the following class to complete the program. Withdrawal requests are evaluated individually based on need and circumstances. Every effort is made to support participants to successfully complete the program and receive their CPM designation.

6. Can a participant apply previous training to core courses?

The NVCPM Program does not allow curriculum substitution in order to meet the accreditation requirements of the National CPM Consortium.

7. Who administers the NVCPM Program?

The Office of Employee Development in the Division of Human Resource Management is responsible for program development and administration, including policies and procedures, approval of curriculum and instructors, scheduling of classes, registration of participants, and maintenance of records.

8. Why should I enroll in the NVCPM Program?

The NVCPM Program offers public sector professionals a significant career development experience that will enhance their leadership capabilities as well as their administrative, managerial, analytical and interpersonal skills. Public sector organizations benefit from having Program graduates who can function as highly-skilled managers in situations of increasing complexity, and ones which often require multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional responses.

9. Where will the NVCPM training be offered? Who will teach?

The NVCPM Program is offered as cohorts, in consecutive months in both Carson City and Las Vegas, generally at the Office of Employee Development training facilities. Instructors for the NVCPM Program are affiliated with a diverse set of organizations, including government, universities and the private sector.

10. What if a participant changes organizations after becoming a NVCPM participant?

If a participant changes agencies while enrolled in the NVCPM program, he/she is eligible to continue in the program and is encouraged to do so. Continued participation must be approved by the new agency.

11. What is the cancellation policy or withdrawal policy?

If an accepted applicant chooses not to attend the NVCPM Program, he/she must submit a written cancellation which has been approved by the agency Director to the Office of Employee Development ten (10) business days prior to the initial classroom session. Cancellations are costly to the participant, his/her organization and the program. All cancellations should be submitted as early as possible, so that substitutions can possibly be made. If a participant wishes to withdraw after the start of the Program, agency Director written approval is required. In the event a participant withdraws with the intention of returning to complete the Program, the participant must return to the Program with the next available scheduled cohort in order to retain any previously earned attendance credit.

12. What happens if I miss a course?

Missed classroom instruction can be made up by attending that same course in the other location provided that the other location has not yet completed the same course. For example, if you plan to attend a course in Las Vegas in September and miss it, you could make-up the class because the same course will be offered in Carson City in October. All costs for travel to attend a class in the other location is the responsibility of the participant and his/her agency.

13. Do the NVCPM program documents, examinations and coursework become a part of my official personnel file?

All participants have the right to expect privacy and protection of their information and work. Participant information and work products will not be shared with any person(s) from any agency. All work products are identified according to the 5-digit Internal Employee Identification number and become the property of the NVCPM Program. The Office of Employee Development maintains records on participants in the NVCPM Program. These records are not part of the participant’s official personnel file and are used only in relation to the NVCPM Program. Files are kept in a secure location with access restricted to the NVCPM Program Administrator. Documents will be retained and archived based on the State Records and Archives document retention schedule.

14. Is there a Program graduation?

A graduation ceremony in Carson City is held at the end of each Program class to celebrate completion and to award the CPM designation. Typically this occurs in the following spring. Participants successfully completing all Program requirements are expected to participate. In the case of extraordinary or extenuating circumstances, an exception may be made at the discretion of the NVCPM Program Administrator. If you are not able to meet the requirements to graduate with your class, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. However, if you satisfy all the certification requirements at a later date, you will be allowed to graduate with a later cohort. Any travel costs associated with attending the graduation ceremony is the responsibility of the participant and his/her agency.