Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management Launches

A World First 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021 PROGRAMME ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. CALL OR EMAIL VERNA SMITH OR BILL RYAN. EACH APPLICATION WILL BE ASSESSED AND APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED IN FEBRUARY.

Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management

In 2021, Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government will offer a world-first post-graduate Certificate in Public Management (PGCPM) co-designed with the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative and the Skills Organisation. The programme is taught face to face (or by zoom attendance) in Wellington or Auckland in 12 one day modules between March and December. It is for nominated staff of central and local government policy or delivery agencies anywhere in New Zealand. Students will be in a cohort of up to 40 completing the programme together and assisted to develop strong supportive networks through group modes of learning.

For experienced public officials, particularly those who are regulatory or policy practitioners in or aspiring to management in central or local government organisations, gaining a PGCPM will expand understanding of the theory and practice of public management and regulatory practice in 21st century in Aotearoa/New Zealand and open career development options. Participation leads to upgraded personal competencies and capacities as managers and the ambition, imagination and courage to improve practice in regulatory organisations. The tertiary qualification builds on G-Reg’s NZQA courses offered currently by the Skills Organisation.

There are four courses in the PGCPM, two of which focus on regulatory practice and policymaking specifically. Successful completion can lead to the full Victoria University of Wellington’s internationally accredited Master of Public Management (12 courses). All courses are delivered at the VUW premises at Rutherford House, Lambton Quay, Wellington or Level 4 of 50 Kitchener Street, located in the Auckland CBD. Each course meets from 9.30 am to 5:00 pm on three separate days.

 

The Four Courses and 2021 Calendar

CALENDAR

INDUCTION

February  22

COURSE 1

March 3

March 22

April 20

COURSE 2

May 19

June 15

July 6

COURSE 3

August 10

September 8

September 28

COURSE 4

October 19

November 16

December 7

Course 1: Public Managers and the Policy Process

How are the roles, work and accountabilities of public officials shaped by the institutions of responsible government? Learn how to go about managing the achievement of desired policy outcomes in the public sector through the work of analysis and design (including public engagement), implementation and evaluation.

Course 2: Public Management: Managing for Results

Learn how to effectively achieve the desired policy outcomes sought by central and local government by managing strategically from top to bottom of an organisation in a recursive cycle of planning, resourcing, implementation and review.

Course 3: Regulatory Policy

This course explores key concepts and frameworks for successful regulatory practice in complex 21st century environments. Students will reflect on contemporary developments in regulatory practice and reform, drawing on theories and experiences including international trends and influences, evaluate regulation and regulatory policy and consider the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and policy settings/tools and their suitability in specific jurisdictions.

Course 4: Regulatory Practice in the 21st Century

Contemporary issues in regulatory practice are examined with emphasis on the roles of the agencies in successfully implementing regulatory policies through New Zealand case studies. The delivery of regulatory practice is examined.  

Participants and criteria for eligibility

The PGCPM is a professional development programme for public officials already in or about to enter middle/upper, service and regional management or analysis/advisory roles. Students are nominated by their manager who will be looking for applicants with particular promise and/or capability in their organisations, including the medium/long-term potential to rise to upper regional and senior management. There are reduced fees through this route.

For acceptance into the PGCPM an applicant must:

  • Be supported by their employer for participation (‘Nomination’); AND
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree (NZQA Level 7) in any discipline from a New Zealand (or overseas equivalent) university; AND two years relevant experience in the public sector (this requirement may be waived in special cases); OR
  • Have extensive practical, professional, scholarly, public or community sector experience (‘Special Entry’).

If you want to be considered, please email or call Verna Smith or Bill Ryan (contact details below) at any time between now and mid February 2021 to discuss your eligibility. We will then refer you to our administrative colleagues to help you fill out application forms.

Cost (to be confirmed)

In 2021, the fee per participant for the four-course programme is $7070.00 GST exclusive.  In addition there is a one-time student levy of $449.42 (GST inclusive) for distance students or $871.00 (GST inclusive) for Wellington-based students.

Information, advice and applications

Organisations and individuals wanting more information or advice and to provide nominations are asked to contact the Academic Coordinator, Dr Verna Smith or Regional Coordinator, Adjunct Professor Bill Ryan (contact details below). The academic staff developing and teaching the programme are:

Academic Coordinator

Dr Verna Smith

E-mail: verna.smith@vuw.ac.nz

Phone: 021 148 166

Chair of Regulatory Practice

Professor Jeroen van der Heijden

E-mail: Jeroen.vanderheijden@vuw.ac.nz

Phone: 04 463 5082

Verna is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy in the School of Government. She previously worked for several government agencies, managing and service development housing, funding of non-profit agencies, social and family services, treatment and rehabilitation of people with disabilities
Professor Jeroen van der Heijden is the inaugural holder of the Chair in Regulatory Practice. He works at the intersection of regulation and governance and has a specific interest in regulatory stewardship and dynamic governance regimes.
Regional Coordinator

Adjunct Professor Bill Ryan

E-mail: bill.ryan@vuw.ac.nz

Phone: 027 476 4201

Lecturer

Dr Flavia Donadelli

E-mail: flavia.donadelli@vuw.ac.nz

Phone: 04 463 7647

Bill has been a public administration and management academic in Australia and New Zealand for many years, and has published and consulted in governance and governing, strategic planning and management, service delivery and monitoring and evaluation. He is particularly interested in ideas emerging in New Zealand and Australia as public services adapt to the 21st century.
Flavia obtained a PhD in Political Science from London School of Economics and Political Science in 2017, after also pursuing a Masters in Regulation at the same institution (2011-2012). Currently, she is working on an analysis of administrative reforms and innovation in the New Zealand public sector and on the role of redistributive regulatory actions in developing countries.

PLEASE DECIDE YOUR NOMINATIONS AND LIAISE WITH BILL OR VERNA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. APPLICATIONS AND ENROLMENT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED DURING FEBRUARY AND THE WHOLE PROCESS TAKES LONGER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.