Certified Public Manager: 2018-2019

This program is offered by The Office of Continuing Education, in partnership with the Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies (PASS).

The program is designed to enhance and develop the skills of the participants to deal with “real-world” challenges and situations. All tracks are developed from a “practitioner’s” point of view utilizing knowledge based skill sets that can be incorporated within your career path. The information conveyed is team taught by a combination of academic and practitioner faculty.

The Texas Certified Public Manager Program (CPM) is a nationally accredited program by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium and is cooperatively offered through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service of Texas State University.

The Public Administration Program of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will administer and coordinate the curriculum, which is a seven-track course spread over a 14-month period. The CPM program is affiliated with the Master of Public Administration Program, which is within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Coordinator for the Certified Public Manager Program is John Milford, Graduate Professional Practitioner Lecturer, at the UTRGV Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies. Mr. Milford has over thirty-three years of professional administrative experience in local government and has assembled an outstanding group of knowledgeable practicing professionals and academic faculty for each of the tracks.

Continuing Education Credit

The CPM program has been approved for continuing education credit by the County Commissioners Education Committee as mandated by the Texas State Legislature. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLOSE), the Texas State Board of Accountancy and The County Treasurers’ Association has also endorsed the CPM Program for continuing education credits. Upon successful completion of all course work and assignments, the participant is eligible to receive the designation of “CERTIFIED PUBLIC MANAGER.” To register for all tracks.

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Wish List

  • Track 1 (To Be Announced)

    Public Personnel Administration (Location: UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site)

    Focus: To provide essential information concerning personnel and labor relations to public administration. Example of topics that will be covered include recruitment / selection, equal employment, opportunity / affirmative action, performance evaluations, discipline / termination, health / safety, collective bargaining, classification, compensation and employee benefits.

    Date: To Be Announced.
    Time: To Be Announced. 

  • Track 2 (To Be Announced)

    Managing For Quality (Location: Alton City Hall - City Commission Chambers, 509 S Alton Blvd, Alton, TX 78573)

    Track 2B Location: (Alton Regional Training Center: 416 S. Alton Blvd. Suite B, Alton, Texas)

    Focus: To provide essential information concerning the practice of building quality into public and non-profit organization. Practices such as Re-engineering, Total Quality Management (TQM) and Strategic Planning will be explored in detail. The course will also focus on how a systems approach can help public administration to understand the way in which organizations can improve their operations.

    Date: To Be Announced.
    Time: To Be Announced

  • Track 3 (November 16 - December 8, 2018)

    Organizational Communication (Location: Mission Economic Development Corporation in Mission)

    Focus: To provide essential information concerning the practice of communication within the organization. Topics include communicating with governing and oversight bodies, barriers to effective communication and dealing with disagreement, conflict, and groupthink. Improving oral and written communication skills will also be covered in this track.

    Click here to register for Track 3.

    Date: November 16th & 17th and December 7th & 8th
    Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Fridays) and 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Saturdays)

  • Track 4 (January 11 - February 9, 2019)

    Public Finance And Budgeting (Location: City of Harlingen Emergency Operations Center)

    Focus: To provide essential information concerning the practice of public finance and budgeting. The basics of finance, budgeting, and public sector accounting and auditing will be explored in detail. Additional topics include cut back management and economic development.

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    Date: January 11th & 12th and February 8th & 9th
    Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Fridays) and 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Saturdays)
  • Track 5 (To Be Announced)

    Productivity And Program Evaluation (Location: Hidalgo County Precinct #4 @ 1124 North M Road, Edinburg, TX 78542)

    Focus: To provide essential information on how to conduct public administration research leading toward the evaluation of public and non-profit sector programs. Benchmarking, program evaluation and the tools and techniques of public administration research will be explored. In addition, the basic principles of legal research will be covered in this track.

    Date: To Be Announced.
    Time: To Be Announced. 

  • Track 6 (To Be Announced)

    Information Systems For Managers (Location: Palm View Golf Course @ 2701 S Ware Rd, McAllen, TX 75803)

    Focus: To provide essential information about management information systems used by public sector and non-profit sector managers. Tools and systems such as the Internet and on-line federal and state data bases will be identified and discussed in detail. Additional topics include geographic information systems, and radio frequency identification technology.

    Date: To Be Announced.
    Time: To Be Announced. 

  • Track 7 (To Be Announced)

    Applied Projects Practicum (Location: UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site)

    Focus: To provide students with the opportunity and tools necessary to prepare a major applied project / projects related to their organization or area of interest. This track is the “ capstone” of the CPM Program and will incorporate lessons and information provided in the other six tracks.

    Date: To Be Announced.
    Time: To Be Announced. 

Administrative officers, managers, elected officials, public safety officers, not-for-profit staff,
federal staff and other participants seeking to acquire knowledge based skills to further their careers.

No Prerequisites required.

Complete Program: $4,165
Single Track: $595

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Private Loans

Note: If you are applying for the Continuing Education Private Loan to cover the registration fee for a non-credit continuing education program, then please use UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 00359902. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. Minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.

  • Mr. John Milford

    Mr. Milford has over thirty-two years in local government in the State of Texas, specifically in the area of city management. He is a recipient of the Life Member Achievement Recognition by the Texas City Management Association and maintains a faculty membership of the International City Management Association. Areas of specialization are those of an expert in the fields of public finance, personnel administration, municipal administration, court mediation, intergovernmental relations, government information systems, political leadership, economic development and strategic planning and development.

    In this regard and due to his specialization in municipal government, he has been retained in several areas since 2004: Executive Manager Searches for City of Alton, Texas and City of San Juan, Texas, respectively; Development of a housing authority paradigm for a non-profit organization for the Edinburg Texas Housing Authority and the Hidalgo County Housing Authority, respectively; Financial liaison on debt issuance for Capital Improvement Projects for the City of Alton, Texas; Economic Development Strategist for initiatives for the City of Alton, Texas; Implementation and Staff Development for Historic Downtown Guidelines for the City of Pharr, Texas; Partnered with professional engineer for development of traffic analysis for the City of Pharr, Texas.

"I have more tools to conduct my daily responsibilities and long term planning that helps me to be
more effective & efficient." - L. David Flores Jr. - CPM GIS Coordinator - City of Pharr, TX

"Outstanding material." - Jaime J. Munoz - Attorney at Law