Who should apply?
For early stage professionals considering career options in leadership, Level 1 Public Works Supervisor (PWS) provides practical information about the unique opportunities and challenges of front-line supervision.
The PWS credentialing program is the first level of the DCS Center's Leadership and Management career path, and focuses on knowledge and skills that will help supervisors become effective leaders. Increasingly, supervisors should know how to communicate clearly, empathetically and effectively under pressure, how to navigate the political environment, how to leverage resources, how to rethink systems and how to critically consider and integrate solutions and options across all functional areas. In essence, effective supervisors and team leaders will need to understand how all areas of public works interact with each other to create, support and grow healthy communities. Graduates of this program receive a PWS 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 supervisor.
One year of experience in public works
Relevant public works military experience will be considered
Benchmark your current status by taking a knowledge assessment
Develop a professional development plan based on the results of the knowledge assessment
Create a project that has a practical application to public works
Document execution of the professional development plan
Create a professional portfolio
Complete an APWA-authorized Institute
Pass the post-program assessment (80% required to pass)
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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.