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Certified Public Manager, Levels I - VIII

Florida’s CPM program consists of eight four-day training sessions (Levels 1-8). In addition to the classes, participants are also required to complete out-of-class readings, projects, and comprehensive examinations. CPM training is experiential based, with an emphasis on small group activities and a balance between theory and practice. The curriculum covers the full spectrum of management, beginning with individual performance and gradually expanding to broader organizational issues and public policy. FCPM recommends taking the levels in sequence, as subsequent levels build upon the knowledge and experiences of preceding levels and assignments. See link to PDF document in "Current Schedule of Workshops" section.


  • The Certified Public Manager (CPM) program is a nationally-recognized, comprehen-sive training and development program for public sector managers at all levels of state and local government.
  • The CPM program aims to professionalize the practice of public management, in much the same way that other professionals (such as CPAs) have organized themselves.
  • Today, many public agencies are moving away from traditional management and embracing transformational leadership. The CPM program incorporates state-of-the-art theory with practical applications.
  • The vision of the CPM program is to create reflective practitioners who apply advanced managerial techniques to real-world problems, and to foster learning organizations that use new knowledge to improve the way they govern.

Time: 28 hours 

Code Enforcement, Levels I - IV

The Florida Association of Code Enforcement (F.A.C.E.) was established in 1989 and is devoted to the advancement of the profession and practice of Code Enforcement in Florida through (1) education and training for its members, (2) a four-tier certification program, and (3) exchange of ideas, information and technology. F.A.C.E. is a self-supporting, non-profit organization consisting of more than 1,400 members including professionals involved in the enforcement of health, safety, and environmental regulations or otherwise responsible for the enforcement of municipal, county, regional, state, or federal codes in the State of Florida. In cooperation with the Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida, F.A.C.E. has developed curriculum for four levels of certification training. After becoming certified, participants must complete 16 hours of approved continuing education courses within a two-year period in order to maintain certification. FACE website:


  • Level I - Fundamentals of Code Enforcement - 40 hours of classes and passage of examination
  • Level II - Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement - 40 hours of classes and passage of examination
  • Level III - Legal Issues in Code Enforcement - 36 hours of classes and passage of examination
  • CEP - Code Enforcement Professional - requires certification in all three levels, submitting a passing Legal Issue Paper, and being employed for three years or more in Code Enforcement

Time: 36-40 hours 



Public Records Management

This two-day certificate program covers contemporary records management issues and updates public sector administrators and staff about the following: Records Management and Maintenance under the laws of Florida, new technologies, and management systems in the field of records management. The Public Records Management Workshop is comprised of four (4) three-hour modules offered over two consecutive days. Questions are encouraged throughout all sessions. Certificates are awarded to participants attending all modules. Who should attend: Anyone responsible for records in local government, state agencies, school boards, community colleges and universities. All the records you generate are subject to regulations and control under the Florida Sunshine Law.


  • Module I focuses on the basics of records management and maintenance including public records law in Florida, records retention and destruction, and privacy vs. right-to-know.
  • Module II addresses file management and design, a historical look at file management, equipment and supplies and information storage and retrieval systems.
  • Module III covers imaging with a particular focus on legalities and standards related to microfilm and optical digitizing, computer retrieval systems and cost analyses.
  • Module IV addresses disaster preparedness/recovery systems and contemporary records management issues including off-site storage, facilities management, and vital records.

Time: 12 hours