Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager Program

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to take your management career
to the next level!

The Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is a nationally accredited, comprehensive management development program open to employees within local and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private sector businesses in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program’s primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and supervisors and the organizational performance of state, local and federal governments.  The Virgin Islands CPM Program is sponsored by the Division of Personnel (DOP) and the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) and delivered by UVI’s Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI-CELL).  The Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is accredited by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium.

VI CPM Q&A Webinar

Did you miss our VI CPM Q&A webinar held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023?  Don't worry! You may view a recording of the webinar below. 

The webinar features a panel providing information about the VI CPM program and application process to potential candidates, supervisors, and organizational leaders. The panel includes members of the UVI CPM team, the Division of Personnel team, and past VI CPM graduates. 

Please read the application instructions thoroughly and carefully before applying.  To apply, click on the orange "Apply Here" button at the bottom of this tab.

To be considered for participation in the 2023-2024 VI CPM Colleague Group, an individual must be employed with a local or federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private sector business within the U.S. Virgin Islands. Preference may be given to applicants with supervisory experience.


STEP 1 of 2: Complete and Submit Your Online Application

  • Complete and submit your online application by 11: 59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2023
  • To access the online application, click on the orange "Apply Here" button at the bottom of this tab.
  • Complete all required fields on the online application and upload only the indicated required supporting documents to your online application.
  • The online application features a "save" option. Once you click on a "save" button within the online application, the system will save a draft of your application and generate a link for you to use to continue your application before the deadline.

Supporting Documents:

All required supporting documents must be uploaded to the completed online application at the time of submission. Please do not submit documents separately from your online application.

The documents you are required to provide are based on the type of organization you are employed with and are applying under.  To ensure processing of your application, be sure to upload the required documents for the type of organization you are employed under (see below):

Document Descriptions:

  1. Current résumé.  Submit a current résumé that includes your professional positions (including the major duties and responsibilities for each), formal education, and other public-sector oriented experiences (e.g., work in non-profits, participation in political or special interest groups, volunteer work, etc.).  Use a format of your choice, but do not exceed three (3) pages. A current résumé is required of all applicants.
  2. Letter of recommendation from your immediate supervisor.*  Your immediate supervisor should describe why you are being recommended for the program and give one to two examples of your performance in your current position which indicate your potential for the program.  The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program.
    *If you are applying as a self-employed individual/business owner, provide a letter of recommendation from a client, business partner, or other individual with direct knowledge of your work.
  3. Proposed Individual Applied Project Form.  Use this form to provide information about the Individual Applied Project ("Capstone Project") you plan to work on if you are accepted into the CPM Program. This project is typically a real-world problem faced in the CPM participant’s agency that would benefit from a systematic application of the principles taught in the classroom. The Proposed Individual Applied Project form must be signed by you, your immediate supervisor, and your agency head.  If your agency head is your immediate supervisor, they should sign both fields.
  4. Approval of Participation Form.  The Approval of Participation Form is only required from applicants who are employed with the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands and are applying for the VI CPM Program under their official position with the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  This Approval form must be signed by both your immediate supervisor and agency head.  If your agency head is your immediate supervisor, they should sign both fields.
  5. Continued Service Agreement (CSA) Form (April 2023 - April 2026 obligated service period). This Continued Service Agreement is only required from applicants who are employed with the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands and are applying for the VI CPM Program under their official position with the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All supporting documents that require a signature must contain the respective individuals' legal signature. 

STEP 2 of 2: Submit your application fee.

Submit your non-refundable $60 application fee* to Division of Personnel:

  • In order for your application to be forwarded for consideration, your application fee must be received by Division of Personnel
    within two (2) business days after the application deadline.
  • Submit the $60.00 fee in the form of a check or money order only.
  • Make the check or money order payable to "Division of Personnel(please print clearly).
  • In the memo/for line, clearly print "2023 VI CPM App Fee for [applicant's name]".
  • Submit your payment to Division of Personnel's office:
    • St. Thomas: 3438 Kronprindsens Gade | GERS Complex, 3rd Floor | St. Thomas, VI 00802
    • St. Croix: 3009 Orange Grove Shopping Center - Bays #6, 7, 8 | Christiansted |St. Croix, VI 00820

    (If you are delivering your payment, please place the check or money order in a sealed envelope. Clearly print "2023 VI CPM App Fee for [applicant's name]".

    *The application fee is separate from the VI CPM's Program Fee. Check the Program Fee tab on this webpage for more information on the program fee.


  • It is highly recommended that you request your letter of recommendation and obtain any required approvals early in the application process to help ensure that you are able to meet the application deadline.
  • Emailed applications will not be accepted.  Do not send emails with updated or additional application information or documents.
  • Submit one application only.
  • Do not close your browser immediately after hitting the "Submit Application" button; wait for the "Application Confirmation" message to appear.  If you are directed to a page on your application instead of to the Confirmation message, then a required field is empty and your application is incomplete.
  • Once your online application is successfully submitted, a confirmation will be sent to the email address listed under "Email (Office)" on your application.  The confirmation email will include a copy of your submitted application for your reference.


  • Only complete applications received through the designated online application portal will be reviewed.
  • After the final candidates are chosen for the 2023-2024 VI CPM Program, an application status letter will be emailed to each applicant and their immediate supervisors (as well as the respective Agency Heads and HR Directors for USVI Government applicants) informing them if they have or have not been chosen to participate in the Program.

If you have questions about the VI CPM application process,
please contact Division of Personnel’s Strategy and Organizational Development Unit
at or (340) 774-8588 ext. 5134 or 5129.