The John Glenn School's Management Development Programs administers the Central Ohio cohorts of the OCPM program. The School works in partnership with the Ohio Department of Administration Services and other universities across the state to provide this certificate program to Ohio's public managers.
The Ohio Certified Public Manager Program seeks to create thoughtful practitioners who apply effective managerial techniques to real world problems in the public sector, thereby becoming better resources for their agency and for the state. Ohio is one of 24 states, along with the federal government, that are part of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.
The Consortium accredits Certified Public Manager programs by promoting high standards, facilitating program development, encouraging innovation, and developing networks for programs and organizations with similar concerns. The Ohio Certified Public Manager Program (OCPM) is designed specifically for public managers in Ohio.
The Certified Public Manager designation is a professional certification that involves two years of study, work-related projects and testing. OCPM training is experience based, with an emphasis on small group activities and discussions, as well as a balance between theory and real world applications. The curriculum covers the spectrum of management, beginning with individual performance and gradually expanding to broader organizational issues and public policy.