See the full schedule of education sessions online here.

See a list of education sessions by subject here.

Check out the topics to be covered during Congress and discover why APWA is the number one source for professional development, education, and training for public works professionals. You’ll come away armed with tools enabling you to make a positive difference in your community and advance your organization. Take part in this exploration of cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions in public works. Expand your network of professional colleagues, rejuvenate your drive and initiative, and become the kind of leader public works needs for today and for tomorrow.

Keynote Speakers

This year's keynote speakers are Bob Woodruff, Michio Kaku, Jamie Clarke, and Simon T. Bailey. Click here for more information.


CEU Credits

.1 CEU = 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour)
APWA's education sessions and exhibit showcase presentations are eligible for CEU credit. Your registration covers the processing fee. The CEU is a nationally-accepted measure of participation in continuing education activities. By obtaining them, you can demonstrate to your employer and to certifying and licensing authorities that you are learning new skills and keeping current with changes in the industry. Instructions about how to receive these valuable credits are in your onsite materials, and the learning objectives for each session are on the website. APWA is an International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Authorized Provider of CEUs.


Saturday Workshops

(Separate fees required: $300 member/ $350 nonmember. Fees include instruction, materials, and breaks. Lunch is on your own.)

  • Self Assessment Using the Public Works Practices Manual—A Tool for Improving Operations and Management

  • Effective Consultant Management for the Public Works Agency (held in conjunction with PSMJ, Inc.)


Wednesday Workshops/Tours

(Open to full conference and Wednesday one-day registrants, but you must sign up in advance.)

  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – Robert B. Diemer Water Treatment Plant Tour

  • Orange County Sanitation District Facility Tour

  • Caltrans District 12 Traffic Management Center

  • Mickey and Disney Visit to Parking and Transportation Facilities

  • Port of Long Beach Boat Tour


Public Works Stormwater Summit

APWA’s Water Resources Committee is planning an exceptional learning opportunity about stormwater issues geared specifically to the interests of public works professionals, Wednesday, August 29.

Sessions Available for Takeout

Register for the full APWA Congress (Sunday–Wednesday) and get free access to downloadable recordings and slides of those Congress speakers who have given permission to have their presentations recorded. For daily registrants, or those who cannot attend the 2012 Congress, you will have the option of purchasing either individual session recordings or the full Congress package by using the Online Order Form at

Areas Covered:

  • Career & Personal Development

  • Construction Management

  • Emergency Management

  • Engineering & Technology

  • Environment/Sustainablility

  • Facilities

  • Fleet Services

  • Management

  • Parks & Grounds

  • Snow & Ice

  • Solid Waste

  • Stormwater

  • Streets/Roads/Bridges

  • Traffic Operations

  • Utilities/Right-of-Way

  • Water & Wastewater


Call for Presentations

2012 Congress Call for Presentations is closed. We are, however, taking applications if you are interested in speaking at the 2013 APWA Congress. Click here for more information.

Speaker Handouts

In our continuing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our meetings and events, we've moved to an "almost paperless" Congress. Speaker handouts may be downloaded here as they become available. They will be posted before, during and after Congress, so check back often for updates.