Manager Certification Program

Due to a shift in training strategies during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Manager Certification Program will not be held in 2021.

Manager Certification Program Information

2018 MCP Cohort

2018 MCP Cohort

The Manager Certification Program (MCP) is a management certification program for NMSU employees currently in a supervisory or higher level management position, or for those who have been identified as having the potential to move into a supervisor or manager position.



Program Goal

The goal of the Manager Certification Program is to build critical management-level knowledge, skills, and competencies required to efficiently carry out the functions of managing employees and departments in support of the NMSU Mission, Vision, and Values.

Management Competencies

The certification program focuses on core NMSU management competencies that are derived from management competencies of fourteen (14) universities, state, and federal organizations. A complete listing of competencies is available by request from the Center for Learning & Professional Development.

Program Structure

The Manager Certification Program is a comprehensive program that provides supervisors and managers with a core set of knowledge, skills, and competencies required to successfully manage personnel at New Mexico State University. The program is offered annually.  It examines key management competencies and trains critical knowledge and skills that support core duties and tasks performed by NMSU management personnel.

The Manager Certification Program is administered by the Center for Learning & Professional Development and was developed with support of an advisory committee made up of staff and faculty.

Admittance into the program is through a competitive, application process.


The Manager Certification Program is a management program.  To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Classified as Regular Full Time Staff or Faculty
  • Be in a supervisor or higher management position, or on a planned progression path to management
  • One (1) year or more regular employment at NMSU
  • Preference will be given to applicants with one (1) or more regular, full-time employee direct reports

To apply, visit the MCP Application Instructions webpage.

Attendance Requirements

The Manager Certification Program consists of monthly training sessions and graduation. Each session builds on the previous session, so attendance is critical to receive the full benefit of the knowledge, skills, and competencies built into the program. Employees that successfully complete the Manager Certification Program will be recognized with a Certificate of Completion.

Absence from scheduled training

Participants are expected to attend all sessions and complete all assignments. However, given that participants may have an unavoidable circumstance that requires an absence, one (1) absence will be allowed. An absence is defined as a session or any portion of a session that is not attended by the participant. Participants will be responsible to collaborate with other participants and/or the facilitator for missed discussions, presentations, activities, or assignments given during their absence, and to be prepared for the next session.

Participants that have more than one (1) absence will not have successfully met all of the requirements of the program and will not receive a Certificate of Completion or be invited to the graduation ceremony.

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