Executive Certificate

Certificate in Public Sector Innovation

A successful modernisation of the public sector requires managers to have a thorough and up-to-date understanding of different approaches and the challenges to implementation. Managers are given insight into areas essential for a lasting modernisation of the public sector. They learn about public sector reform, how to enhance their organisation’s strategic capacity and how to lead change within an organisation: all essential skills for successfully managing modernisation projects.

Participants will also be introduced to modern leadership theories and concepts, learn about challenges and opportunities of digitalisation, improve their understanding of behavioural economics, and will discuss how and when innovation can be a driver of social change.

Three of the following seminars*

One of the following skills trainings*


 *Participants make their choice.

Most courses take place on an annual basis.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)



  • Higher education degree
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • Three seminars and one skills training, amounting to a total of 11-12 days.
  • Additional time for the preparation of the seminars, as well as for the follow-up assignments.
  • 11 ECTS credits are acquired.

Seminar fee

 € 7,560

 € 7,700 if certificate programme includes a Workshop

Certificate fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses. 

Certificate fee includes (unless otherwise indicated): 

Attendance, online access to course literature before the seminars, materials during the seminars, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), correction and rating of assignments, and a final certificate after full and successful attendance (11 ECTS credits are acquired). Participants of the certificate programme must complete the certificate within two years. Most courses take place on an annual basis. All seminars take place at the Hertie School in Berlin, workshops take place in London or Brussels.

Terms and Conditions



Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.