Who should apply?
For the executive, Level 3 Public Works Executive (PWE) focuses on all functions within public works and how they work together as a system.

Program Description

The PWE credentialing program is the third level of the Leadership and Management track offered through the Donald C. Stone Center. This unique developmental program for public works executives focuses on the cognitive, analytical and applied skills necessary to lead through challenges before the profession. The PWE program is meant to promote how to “learn and apply” rather than to merely understand. Graduates of this program receive a PWE credential they can put after their name that provides national recognition that they’ve acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to perform as an effective executive.

Program Availability
The DCS Center accepts applications three times per year: January, April and October. The 2016 application deadlines are:

Traditional PWE:  April 30, 2016 Accelerated PWE:  May 31, 2016
  Accelerated PWE:  July 21, 2016
Traditional PWE:  October 12, 2016 Accelerated PWE: October 14, 2016


Entry Requirements (2 options):

Traditional PWE Option:
To be eligible to enter the PWE Program, you must have 5 years of experience in public works with 3 or more years as a manager or personnel supervisor and one of the following:
  • A Level 2 Public Works Manager designation from the Donald C. Stone Center, OR
  • A master’s degree in one of the following:
    • Public administration, or business administration
    • Public works, sustainability, or a related field
    • Engineering, urban/city planning, or a related field
    • Environmental science, environmental studies, environmental science and management, ecology, energy, or a related field, OR
  • Minimum of eighteen graduate credits in any of the above-listed graduate programs
    (Note: If you do not have 18 hours of graduate credit in public works and are interested in doing so, please contact Mabel Tinjacá, mtinjaca@apwa.net. Norwich University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha have developed 18 hour graduate credit programs to fit this need.)

Completion Requirements:

  • Have at least 5 years of experience as a personnel supervisor in public works
  • Complete the 360 Assessment
  • Create a professional development plan based on the APWA Core Competencies and the  results of your assessment
  • Design an implementable capstone project that improves the operations of your agency through policy formation, update or change.


Accelerated PWE Option: The accelerated PWE option is a credentialing alternative intended to recognize those public works professionals who, through a combination of education and experience during their professional career, have achieved the necessary executive skills that the formal PWE program is designed to develop in future executives. This alternative PWE option is a two-phase process:

  • Phase I:  Eligibility Application
  • Phase II:  Presentation or Interview

To be eligible to enter the PWE II Program, the executive should have:

  • 15 years minimum of relevant public works experience
  • 10 of those years serving at the executive level

Accelerated PWE Option: Program Information

Accelerated PWE Option: Eligibility and Application Packet


Accelerated PWE Option: Selection of Topics/Projects Attachment



Pricing Information:
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Please note: Incomplete applications older than 120 days will be closed and removed from the system. If your application is closed and removed, you will have to submit a new application, and pay a new application fee.
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