Vermont Certified Public Manager® Program

VCPM will begin accepting applications for the new term on:

January 5, 2015 and ending on March 6, 2015. 

Activities for the session will begin April 7, 2015.

What is the Vermont Certified Public Manager® Program?

VCPM is a two-year, multi-course learning experience for current and emerging leaders in state government. The program is designed to be both intellectually challenging and practical. It provides a unique opportunity for managers and leaders statewide to learn together about their common challenges and strategies for success. Instructors include top organizational consultants and experts within state government.

Who is VCPM for? What is the Acceptance Criteria?

The VCPM program seeks a diverse group of current and emerging leaders from a cross-section of state departments. They may be individuals with direct management responsibilities or with organization-wide impact. Managerial designation is not required, but may be given preference when applications are competitive. There is no pre-requisite of academic degrees or credits. Training is designed for the intermediate and advanced level learner.

See VCPM Acceptance Criteria (See Forms & Documents on this web page) for more information.

We recommend that applicants who are supervisors have prior training in supervisory skills. See The Summit’s roster of open enrollment courses and the Supervisor’s Development Program (SDP).

What is the VCPM Schedule?

The VCPM cycle begins with the application period in January each year. Applicants are notified within two weeks of the application closing date, usually mid-March. Courses in the first 15 months occur every two to three months, for two to three days each. During the last several months, participants work on team consulting projects which require a schedule developed by the team in coordination with the sponsoring agency and the VCPM faculty.

Note: Attendance at Seminars 1 & 2 is essential in order to continue through the rest of the program.

Curriculum Content

Curriculum activities begin in early April with an on-line 360 degree assessment process. Seminars include:

  • Orientation to VCPM (foundation, change and management, ethics)
  • Emotional Intelligence (360 degree assessment, strengths and challenges as managers and leaders)
  • Working Effectively in Teams (team development and success, feedback)
  • Overview of State Government (legislative and budget processes, HR, rulemaking, and more)
  • Systems, Strategy and Alignment (systems thinking, strategic planning, organizational change)
  • Informing and Influencing (the art of preparing and presenting persuasive information and rationale)
  • Consulting Skills (applying the tools of the program in a project based in state government)
  • Concluding Seminar (capstone review and assimilation of VCPM curriculum)

Additional sessions may be added.

How May I Apply?

Read through the application form and the VCPM Acceptance Criteria (see "Forms & Documents" on this web page). Download the application onto your computer and follow the instructions. Then print it out, obtain the required signatures on the hard copy, and apply by sending the hard copy to:

The Summit: Center for State Employee Development

Attn: VCPM Administrator
439 Industrial Lane
Berlin, VT 05641

What’s New in VCPM?

We have been granted accreditation by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium!  This accreditation will give graduates of the program the opportunity to engage with similarly trained public managers across the country. It will demonstrate that the VCPM curriculum is aligned with best practices in management training, and will provide a new level of accountability and quality assurance.

What is the Time Commitment?

VCPM consists of approximately 26-30 classroom days and approximately ten hours per month of independent work over two years. In addition, the consulting project will require a substantial investment of time during the final year of the program.

Contact Information

Please contact Rose Gowdey for further information about the VCPM curriculum.; (802) 828-2930.


Courses meet at The Summit: Center for State Employee Development: 439 Industrial Lane, Berlin, VT 05641, unless circumstances require otherwise.

Tuition for 2015 Cohort (subject to change)

$500 upon enrollment (early April, year 1)
$725 for the first program year (billed July, year 1)
$725 for the second program year (billed July, year 2)
Total over 3 fiscal years: $1,950

Course Code: 040058