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Leadership skills for public service

SFA’s Texas Certified Public Manager Program trains public and nonprofit managers in the ethical values, technical competencies and management skills associated with public service. Our nationally accredited program is designed for working professionals to improve their leadership skills and enhance their opportunities for promotion into management positions.

The Texas Certified Public Manager curriculum consists of seven courses, or “tracks,” designed to build your skills in managing real-world public management challenges. Each track includes seminars, networking, field-based applications and readings taught by academic and practitioner faculty.

Join the ranks

When you complete the Texas Certified Public Manger Program, you’ll receive a certificate of completion from the SFA Department of Government for 25 contact hours of management training and education for each track completed. The program has more than 100 graduates, and you’ll be joining the ranks of 1,700 Certified Public Managers in Texas.

Earn continuing education credit

Our program is endorsed by the American Society of Public Administration and is approved for continuing education credit by:

  • Commissioners' Education Committee of the Judges and Commissioners Association as mandated by the Texas State Legislature
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education
  • Texas State Board of Accountancy

Program requirements

Texas Certified Public Manager Program

The Certified Public Manager program consists of the following courses, or “tracks,” to be completed within a five-year period:

  • Personnel Administration
  • Managing for Quality
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Productivity and Program Evaluation
  • Information Systems for Managers
  • Applied Research Practicum

Certified Public Manager programs may be started with any track except Track 7. Tracks do not need to be taken in any particular order. A track also may be taken at any location offering the Certified Public Manager program.


Department of Government

Dugas Liberal Arts North
Room 124

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13045, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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