Is PWE for you?
  • If you are interested in utilizing your experience, talents and vision to lead a public works organization as an executive
  • If you are interested in developing or honing skills in program development and implementation
  • If you are interested in testing your knowledge and skills in the company of other experienced  public works executives and academic specialists

How will the PWE program benefit you?
  • You will be mentored by an experienced public works leader to hone your skills, abilities, interests, visions, and talents, as you design, develop and implement a capstone project
  • You will go before a panel of public works executives and leadership specialists to review, discuss and evaluate your capstone project
  • You will expand your professional network

What does the PWE program cover?
This program was developed for individuals in executive positions or those ready to take on the challenges of executive leadership in public works and associated professions.

The capstone project is meant to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to develop and implement systems level programs. Components of the capstone project include:
  • Project proposals: communicating, justifying and influencing
  • Research: capturing the current body of knowledge and understanding how the outcome of the capstone project could contribute to it; applying theory and concepts to real world situations
  • Publications: documenting and writing articles and position statements, developing communication skills and contributing to the body of knowledge
  • Oral defense: implementing and supporting outcomes of the project
I don’t have 18 graduate credits; how do I qualify for the PWE?
The University of Nebraska and Norwich University have developed a special on-line PWE institute for participants who currently hold a bachelor’s degree.   This PWE institute offers 18 graduate hours in public works.
You may also enter the PWE program without graduate credits if you have successfully completed the DCS Center's Level 2 Public Works Manager program. 

Who reviews my application?
All applications are reviewed by the DCS Center Program Council.  The DCS Program Council is a group of experienced public works professionals selected by the Board of Directors because of their leadership and commitment to APWA.

Can I proceed to the next level in the DCS Center?
If you have successfully completed the Level 3 Public Works Executive program, you are qualified to enter the Level 4 Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) program without the 20 years of experience requirement.

How will I maintain the PWE designation?
This program is based on a life-long learning model.  Maintaining the PWE designation means continuing your professional development formally and informally.  You will be required to
  • Complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education each year and record hours in your journal
  • Abide by the ethical standards set by the American Public Works Association Board of Directors

What qualifies for 20 hours of continuing education? 

  • Presenting at an APWA event
  • Writing an article for the Reporter or other professional publication
  • Contributing to a publication
  • Attending courses, workshops or webinars
  • Volunteering at a local APWA chapter
  • Attending training programs offered by APWA or other associations, agencies, or municipalities
  • Attending APWA National Conferences: International Public Works Congress & Exposition, North American Snow Conference, or Sustainability in Public Works Conference
  • Attending public works related conferences offered by other organizations
  • Participating in Click, Listen, & Learn programs offered by APWA
  • Continuing to work on the professional development plan and journal
  • Reading articles or books on leadership and documenting it in the journal

 What are the program fees?
The DCS Center fees are listed in the table below.   The capstone course at the University of Nebraska and Norwich University are currently under development and those fees will be posted when available.    

PWE Fees APWA Member Price Non-Member Price
Application Fee $50.00 USD $50.00 USD
First Year Enrollment Fee $199.99 USD $299.99 USD*
Annual Fee (after first year) $50.00 USD $50.00 USD
*includes 1 year membership in the American Public Works Association (APWA)