The Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager Program is a management development certificate program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government and non-profit organizations. The program prepares participants for the challenges and unique demands of the public management profession.

CPM Required Core Competency Areas

The Virgin Islands CPM Program is designed around seven (7) core competency areas which are set by the national Certified Public Manager Consortium, the accrediting body of all CPM programs. The seven Core Competencies of the CPM Program are described below. Training in these competencies is included in the CPM classes.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Developing Self: Demonstrating commitment to continuous learning, self-awareness and individual performance planning through feedback, study and analysis.
  5. Systemic Integration: Approaching planning, decision-making and implementation from an enterprise perspective; understanding internal and external relationships that impact the organization.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Requirements for Certification

The Virgin Islands CPM program consists of three phases, totaling 300 instructional hours. Participants must complete all three phases to be certified:

  • Phase I: SUPERVISION (72 Hours)
  • Focuses on supervisory training and assessment of managerial skills; it concludes with a written project. Provide evidence of at least 60 hours of supervisory training within 1 year of enrolling in the program. Most student meet this requirement through university credit or non-credit courses, training offered through governmental units, vocational/technical classes and professional training seminars focused on supervision.
  • Phase II: MANAGEMENT (138 Hours)
  • Participants must complete 22 management courses as well as a take-home review demonstrating what they have learned.
  • Phase III: SENIOR MANAGEMENT (90 Hours)
  • Brings together training from the previous phases in case studies, a simulation, an applied project and leadership seminar.

Candidates for the “CPM” designation are required to demonstrate above average skills and abilities in many areas including:

  •           Oral and written communication skills
  •           Critical thinking abilities
  •           Strategic thinking abilities

Faculty

Virgin Islands CPM Program courses are taught by UVI faculty and qualified practitioners in their areas of competence. 

Location

CPM classes are held on St. Thomas and St. Croix at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Benefits for Participants of the Virgin Islands CPM Program

  • Enhance your administrative, technical, analytical, management and communication skills.
  • Obtain the training necessary for effective management.
  • Join territory wide/statewide and national cadres of professional public managers, learning from and with representatives of other governmental units.
  • Participate in a program with the highest standards, with quality control and with a record of continuity.

About Division of Personnel

The Division of Personnel (DOP) is the human resource management arm of the Government of the United States Virgin Islands (GVI).  DOP falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Governor and is comprised of seven units: the Director’s Office, Assistant Director’s Office, Recruitment and Classification, Employee Development, NOPA Administration, Human Resources Information System (HRIS Unit), and the Group Health Insurance Office.

DOP’s mission is to ensure that the right people are in the right place at the right time in support of the mission o​f the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Benefits for Participants of the Virgin Islands CPM Program

  • Enhance your administrative, technical, analytical, management and communication skills.
  • Obtain the training necessary for effective management.
  • Join territory wide/statewide and national cadres of professional public managers, learning from and with representatives of other governmental units.
  • Participate in a program with the highest standards, with quality control and with a record of continuity.

Contact Info

Haldane Davies, Ph.D.
CPM Program Director
Institute for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
Office of the President
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, V.I. 00802
(340) 693-1004 (O)
(340) 693-1005 (F)
website: iloe.uvi.edu
email: hdavies@live.uvi.edu