​Certificate in Public Leadership

​The Certificate in Public Leadership (CPL) is the most flexible of Brookings Executive Education's certificate programs.

Open exclusively to government managers and executives (GS13-SES), the CPL is recognized as a mark of distinction for today’s public leaders. Not only does the curriculum provide you with the skills and mindset you need to lead in today’s turbulent environment, it offers opportunities to establish important networks to leverage learning across government.

Apart from two required courses, any of our course offerings are credited toward completion, including custom programs. You can increase your knowledge of complex policy challenges, enhance your management capabilities, or develop your leadership capacity.


Twenty days of Brookings Executive Education classes are required to obtain the Certificate in Public Leadership. You also must write a final three- to five-page essay describing the knowledge you have acquired and its application.

There are three required courses:

For the remaining 12 days of classroom learning, you'll choose programs that match your strengths, personal or professional development plans, or interests. There is no time limit or sequence for completing the 20 days of classroom learning.

Individuals who enroll for the CPL are strongly encouraged to include The Leadership Roadmap in their plan of study, preferably early in the process. This unique offering is a development activity that includes a 360-degree leadership assessment and executive coaching.

You must register to participate in the CPL program (registration is free). You may receive credit for prior courses attended within a two-year period prior to enrollment. To register or to obtain more information, contact Alexis Roehrich at or 800.925.5730.