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Certificate Programs

A certificate program is an education or training workshop designed to provide skills and knowledge on a narrowly defined topic. It is comprehensive of the defined topic and results in a certificate of completion, which may or may not involve assessment. All APWA certificate programs are available for chapter use.

Certificate programs are often confused with certification. The chart below shows the difference between these two easily confused offerings.

Certification vs. Certificate Programs

  Certification  Certificate
Focus Assessing current knowledge and skills—usually broad in scope Educating individuals to achieve specific knowledge and skills (usually focused in scope) and assessing attainment of them
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Assessment
  • Ongoing requirements
  • Course(s) based on a defined curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Can be revoked
  • Results in a designation
  • Cannot be revoked
  • No designation

APWA Certificate Programs

Public Works Institutes

Public Works Institutes are a chapter-based certificate program focused on supervision and management practices within all areas of public Works. Learn more >

Public Fleet Management Certificate — Registration Open

This is an eight-hour program, designed for fleet managers, including new fleet managers or those who aspire to become fleet managers. CLICK HERE to register.

Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate —Registration Open

An eight-hour course designed for supervisors or experienced operators. Learn more >,  CLICK HERE to register.

Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate — Registration Open

A four-hour course designed for those behind the wheel during winter events. Learn more > CLICK HERE to register.

Construction Inspection Workshop —Registration Closed
The program is based on the newly revised APWA Construction Inspection Manual and is designed for construction inspectors of various experience levels.  

Facilities and Grounds Management CertificateRegistration Closed

An eight-hour course designed for new Facilities and Grounds Managers or those aspiring to become managers. Register here.


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