Courses & Pricing

The Heartland Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program is a professional education opportunity for managers working in government agencies, nonprofits, and organizations that contract to provide public services and meet community needs. CPM is a nationally accredited management and certification program in which participants develop and strengthen their management skills through our competency-based curriculum. The program can fill a training gap for staff with significant technical expertise who seek to further their knowledge of current management and leadership practices.

$3,900 Earlybird price (October 31st deadline); $4,100 on Nov. 1 through first day of class.

The CPM program runs on a calendar year, with all sessions starting in January. To see meeting dates, choose a session below and view the full schedule under session details.

Click a date below for additional class information and application.


January 10, 2023 to November 1, 2023, KU Edwards Campus (Overland Park, KS)
January 17, 2023 to February 7, 2023, The Meridian Center (Newton, KS)
January 24, 2023 to November 16, 2023, Online using Zoom (-, KS)
Ensuring that future leaders have the skills they will need to face unexpected challenges and address complex problems has never been so crucial. Our Emerging Leaders Academy targets promising, non-supervisory/non-managerial staff to support skills development around leadership, interpersonal communication, relationship-building, and navigating change. Participants gain skills that can be applied immediately to increase their effectiveness while organizations gain a more prepared and engaged talent pool to draw from for the future.

$1,550 per person

Select a cohort option below to learn more or register. Note that our system requires we list 'KS' in the location but we welcome participants from anywhere.


August 24, 2022 to December 14, 2022, Online using Zoom (-, KS)
August 26, 2022 to December 16, 2022, Kansas Health Institute (Topeka, KS)
September 1, 2022 to December 16, 2022, Shawnee Police Department (Shawnee, KS)
Facilitated by faculty from the nation's #1 program in local government management and professional development experts from KU's Public Management Center, this week-long seminar is a premier leadership opportunity for executive-level managers to explore leadership strategies to create a culture that inspires and enables employees to excel.

$1,800 per person


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The Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference brings together women each year for a day of skills-building, connection and renewal. We work to inspire and support women working in public service to not only remain in public service careers but also to seek out leadership opportunities. We hope you'll join us!

To view the full agenda for the day and other conference details, visit https://kupmc.ku.edu/iwpa-2020.

Sponsors: find sponsorship information here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1312/giving/interior.aspx?sid=1312&gid=1&pgid=3336&cid=6110. Please email Ruth DeWitt with any sponsorship questions. If your sponsorship level includes a seat for the conference, you will receive a discount code at the end of your sponsorship form to use on this registration site. Please register free seats in one order, and any additional attendees in a second order to ensure the discount code works correctly.


This course contains no sessions
This 300 contact hour program is geared toward current law enforcement commanders to prepare them for senior and executive-level roles. The program is open to sworn, command-level law enforcement leaders throughout Kansas who are tasked with significant management responsibilities.

$3,900 Earlybird price (October 31st deadline); $4,100 on Nov. 1 through first day of class.

Location: Lawrence, Kansas for 2023


January 9, 2023 to November 8, 2023, (Lawrence, KS)
This 40-hour program is geared toward frontline and newly promoted supervisors.

LELA Supervisor School is designed to equip frontline supervisors with the concepts and practical tools needed to effectively lead and supervise law enforcement personnel. The curriculum blends the KU Public Management Center's award-winning supervisory leadership training with leading-edge law enforcement training to deliver highly engaging and relevant content that supervisors can put to immediate use in their departments.

$1,295 per person + optional meals & lodging

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October 17-21, 2022, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (Hutchinson, KS)
This course offers a brief but powerful introduction to tools and perspectives that drive successful leadership in the law enforcement context. It is targeted toward sworn officers who have been newly promoted to a supervisory role, those who are considering applying for promotion, and those who seek to continue to grow their skills in leading others.

Content includes skills development around making a successful transition from peer to boss; decision-making; difficult conversations and resolving conflicts; the difference between leadership and authority (and why it matters); and performance reviews. Additionally, participants will explore the connection between personal strengths and leadership competences and will hear from experienced law enforcement leaders about motivating and leading others in today's law enforcement environment. Each participant will leave with an individual action plan that identifies a path forward in their development as leaders who will contribute to the success of their agencies.

This 2-day course can be taken before another LELA program as an introduction, after another LELA program as a refresher, or as a stand-alone foundation to build leadership competencies.

$495 per person + optional meals & lodging

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This course contains no sessions
Join us on June 12-14, 2023 at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center conference center. This year, the Social Equity Leadership Conference - Social Equity in Action, will focus on helping public administration practitioners advance social equity in policy and practice.

2023 Themes: Urgent Equity Challenges, Generational Shifts, Leveraging Technology, Political Context, Tools and Strategies for sustained, intentional organizational social equity action.

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June 12-14, 2023, Westin Kansas City at Crown Center (Kansas City, MO)
Today's Public Discourse and its Effect on Democracy's Norms and Values. What Would Bob Kipp Teach Us about Public Service in this Moment? This panel discussion is both a tribute to and reflections on Bob Kipp's service to civic life in Kansas City and his mentorship of countless KU MPA students over several years. Join David Warm, CEO of the Mid-America Regional Council, Jewel Scott, former Director of the Kansas City Civic Council, and Bob Layton, City Manager of Wichita Kansas in a discussion moderated by Rosemary O'Leary, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor and author of the Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government (the third edition was the 2021 winner of the Best Book in Public Management Award by the Academy of Management). Lunch is Friday from noon-1:30 in the 521 Room in the Oread, tickets are $25.00. Stay for the reception honoring the career of Rosemary O'Leary hosted by the Kansas Chapter of Women Leading Government immediately following! Click below to register for the luncheon ONLY. If you are registering for the conference, use the link above.


This course contains no sessions
We hope you're planning to be at the ICMA conference in Columbus, Ohio on September 17-21! The Annual KUCIMAT banquet will be on Sunday, September 18th, 2022 at the AC Hotel by Marriott.


This course contains no sessions
Individuals often receive training when they first move into a supervisory role. But over time they identify new areas where they'd like to hone their skills as their role evolves, the workforce changes, and new research on effective management practices emerges. Our 3-day course will bring you up to date, offering new skills and strategies to address challenges and bring out the best in your staff. Class size is limited to ensure adequate discussion and individual attention.

$750 per person | *Masks required for all in-person PMC classes*.

Click a date below for additional class details or to begin the registration process. Note that our system requires that we list 'KS' in the location, but we welcome participants from anywhere.


September 13-15, 2022, KU Edwards Campus (Overland Park, KS)
December 6-8, 2022, Online using Zoom (-, KS)