Vermont Certified Public Manager® Program

Thank you for your interest in the Vermont Certified Public Manager® Program (VCPM). The application period is now open.  Completed applications will be accepted through the end of business on March 01, 2019. If you’re interested in learning more about the acceptance criteria, please refer to the documents linked on the bottom of this page or reach out to the Administrator at

VCPM is a two-year, multi-course learning experience for current and emerging leaders in Vermont Government. The program is designed to be both practical and intellectually challenging. 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 with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.

Accredited Program, Certified Graduates

VCPM is accredited by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium. Graduates are eligible to join the American Academy of Certified Public Managers® (AACPM), a professional association of public sector managers affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Through these affiliations, graduates are able to engage with similarly trained public managers across the country. Program accreditation ensures the VCPM curriculum is aligned with best practices in management training, and provides accountability and quality assurance.

Who is VCPM for? What are the Acceptance Criteria?

VCPM seeks a diverse group of current and emerging leaders from a cross-section of departments and agencies. They may have direct management responsibilities or may serve in roles with inter-agency or other far-reaching 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” (under Forms & Documents on this website) for more information. We recommend that applicants who are supervisors have prior training in supervisory skills. See the CAPS "Supervising in State Government" page and CAPS roster of elective classes.

What is the VCPM Schedule?

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 is required at Seminars 1 & 2 in order to continue through the rest of the program. Attendance is required at the Consulting Skills course in order to continue with the consulting skills project in the last several months. In circumstances of unavoidable absence, other courses may be made up by attending the same course in the following year, at the discretion of the VCPM Administrator.

Course Content

VCPM activities begin in early April with an on-line 360 degree assessment. Seminars include (subject to change in content and/or schedule):

  • Orientation to VCPM: Opening Seminar: Build team rapport, familiarize cohort and manager(s) and learn about the program; followed up by 360 Degree Assessment
  • Emotional Intelligence: Understand emotional intelligence (EI) and how it impacts organizational and leadership effectiveness
  • Working Effectively in Groups: Understand theories of group development, dynamics and effectiveness; learning and practice tools related to healthy work environment; appreciate and leverage differences in style and preference
  •  Understanding State Government: Expand familiarity with state government structure; understand relationship between legislative and administrative budget processes, explore current public-sector issues impacting government leadership
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence: Develop knowledge of cultural values, norms, behaviors and difference. Utilize a strengths-based approach to cultivate a diverse and culturally supportive workplace. Develop and practice strategies and skills to lead culturally diverse populations.
  • Guiding People & Systems through Change: Learn to use an integrated approach to initiate and support change and transition. Learn practical tools to help people adapt to change from an enterprise perspective.
  • Ethics: Develop knowledge of the meaning of Ethics in theory and application and define Ethics; differences between Ethics and Morals, identify SOV values and recognize potential conflicts of interest.   
  • Process & Project Management: Establish process performance measurement systems. Apply the improvement roadmap: DMAIC. Analyze a process for gaps, problems, and Opportunities for Improvement (OFIs)
  • Change Management: Understand change management models and practically apply skills/framework for managing change. Examine roles within the change process. Apply models and tools to real examples in state government.
  • Informing and Influencing: Identify key criteria for informative speaking and persuasive speaking. Apply skills to simulated and real-life situations, incorporating principles, theories and techniques acquired in Day 1. Develop and deliver a persuasive speech that integrates the concepts and skills for speaking to influence.
  • Consulting Skills: Develop specific skills related to becoming consultants for VT public organizations. Learn the key steps in developing a consulting relationship and learn the key steps in developing the consulting project.
  • Concluding Seminar and Graduation: Review and identify accomplishments related to personal professional goals as established earlier in the program. Identify accomplishments and learning from consulting projects.  Identify strategies for building on the VCPM experience after graduation. Assess strengths and areas for improvement in VCPM program.

How Can I Apply?

Read through the application form and the VCPM Acceptance Criteria (see "Forms & Documents" on this web page).

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 the Administrator at for further information about the VCPM curriculum.


Courses meet at the Center for Achievement in Public Service, 32 College Street, Schulmaier Hall, in Montpelier.  Our facilities has a large kitchen space, vending machines, and nursing rooms.  Parking is available throughout the campus and around the College green, with limited street parking.  The main entrance is on the side facing College Street, and you can access CAPS via the elevator located at the rear of Schulmaier Hall.  

Tuition (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