Advanced Skills for Managers (ASM)

Target Audience

Middle managers (those who supervise supervisors), professionals who have program management responsibilities but may not supervise employees directly, and supervisors of professional staff. This program is a prerequisite for the NC Certified Public Manager® Program.


Advanced Skills for Managers (ASM) provides participants with strategies to effectively carry out the leadership aspects of the management role. Sessions concentrate on utilizing leadership best practices to develop high performing employees and work teams through hands-on application of skills including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Situational Leadership II®, ethical decision-making methods, performance gap analysis, coaching for effective performance, team dynamics and development strategies, conducting meetings, and managing conflict.

This program is taught in three, two-day classroom sessions, typically scheduled two weeks apart. Each session requires the completion of pre- and post-class assignments, including personal assessments, goal setting, research, quizzes, an online course, and a final exam. This program consists of a total of 64 instructional hours.

Your organization must sponsor your participation; there is a program fee for ASM. Applications and class meeting schedules for this program are available on the ASM Curriculum site under the Leadership Training tab at the top of the NC Learning Center.

The ASM application opens twice a year to fill seats for two cohorts; March to fill seats for the Summer and Fall cohorts of the same year and November to fill seats for Winter and Spring cohorts of the following year.

To access the link to the application, log in or register with the NC Learning Center and navigate to the ASM Program Page. The session dates for each Cohort and the link to the application is available toward the bottom of the program page. Be sure to review eligibility requirements, programmatic policies, and procedures on the program page prior to applying. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the application cycle as the application closes once all seats are filled.

For more information, please contact your organization's Training Coordinator. Local government and university employees please contact Tammy Ball, ASM Program Coordinator, at or 984-236-1018.

To view the current schedule for ASM, please visit the Leadership Training tab in the NC Learning Center for Advanced Skills for Managers.