Is there a formal education program?
Degree programs supplement each of the career paths. As the DCS Center matures, APWA will be seeking partnerships with selected colleges and universities so that public works professionals can select coursework in public works from an associate’s through a master’s degree. The vision is to have coursework starting at the vocational high school level through master's programs.  

Is the Leadership & Management program customizable?
The DCS Center is an educational system designed so that anyone in public works can progress systematically through the program based on their interests, talents and experience.  
 
What are the highlights of the different levels of the Leadership & Management program?
Each level has its own entry requirements, progressive levels, a dedicated professional development program and plan, a professional portfolio/journaling requirement,  pre- and post-assessments, and access to one-on-one mentoring with a public works leader with more than 20 years' of experience in the field.

What does the Center's emblem mean?
The motto, Educare et Crescere, "to educate and grow," represents the Center’s mission to position public works professionals to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. The sunrise and the oak leaf represent the environment within which public works infrastructure resides.

What role will the chapter institutes play?
There will be three institutes: Public Works Institute for Supervisors (PWS) at level 1; the Public Works Institute for Managers (PWM) at Level 2; and the Public Works Institute for Executives (PWE), which can be used to meet the 18-hour graduate credit requirement to enter Level 3.

When was the Public Works Leadership Fellow program launched?
The PWLF program was launched at the 2011 Congress in Denver.

When will the Technical Specialty and the Public Works Professional career paths programs be launched?
These programs are currently under development as the DCS Center works with partner organizations to establish the career progression. APWA will make an announcement once they are available to the public. In the meantime, you can visit the Future Releases webpage to learn more.