Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

The NVCPM Program is participant-centered and experienced-based, with an emphasis on small group activities and discussions, as well as a balance between theory and real world applications. The curriculum covers the full spectrum of management, beginning with individual performance, and gradually expanding to broader organizational issues and public policy. The Program strives to make professional public managers aware of the ethical standards and social responsibilities necessary for them to act respectfully and responsively within an intergovernmental system. In addition to multiple classroom sessions, the Program engages participants in job-related application projects, readings, examinations, and other forms of formal assessments.

    Core Competencies

    The National CPM Consortium requires that accredited programs consist of a minimum of 300 hours of structured learning activities addressing the following seven competencies:

    Personal and Organizational Integrity 
    Increasing awareness, building skills and modeling behaviors related to identifying potential ethical problems and conflicts of interest; appropriate workplace behavior; and legal and policy compliance

    Managing Work 
    Meeting organizational goals through effective planning, prioritizing, organizing and aligning human, financial, material and information resources. Empowering others by delegating clear job expectations; providing meaningful feedback and coaching; creating a motivational environment and measuring performance. Monitoring workloads and documenting performance. Dealing effectively with performance problems.

    Leading People 
    Inspiring others to positive action through a clear vision; promotes a diverse workforce. Encouraging and facilitating cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fostering commitment and team spirit. Articulating a vision, ideas and facts in a clear and organized way; effectively managing emotions and impulses. 

    Developing Self 
    Demonstrating commitment to continuous learning, self-awareness and individual performance planning through feedback, study and analysis. 

    Systemic Integration 
    Approaching planning, decision-making and implementation from an enterprise perspective; understanding internal and external relationships that impact the organization. 

    Public Service Focus 
    Delivering superior services to the public and internal and external recipients; including customer/client identification, expectations, needs and developing and implementing paradigms, processes and procedures that exude positive spirit and climate; demonstrating agency and personal commitment to quality service. 

    Change Leadership 
    Acting as a change agent; initiating and supporting change within the organization by implementing strategies to help others adapt to changes in the work environment, including personal reactions to change; emphasizing and fostering creativity and innovation; being proactive.

    At least 250 of the total 300 hours must be instructor or facilitator-led. Instructors for the NVCPM Program are affiliated with a diverse set of organizations, including government, universities and the private sector.