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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.
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Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate

An eight-hour course designed for supervisors or experienced operators. Learn more >

Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate

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

Public Fleet Management Certificate — Now Available

This is an eight-hour program, originally scheduled to launch at NASC this year, designed for fleet managers, including new fleet managers or those who aspire to become fleet managers. The program will provide an overview of the many skills and areas of knowledge fleet managers need to be successful, including organization structures, communication, procurement, purchasing, finance, and fleet operations. The workshop will be held over two weeks, two days each week, for two hours, on September 15, 17, 22, and 24th from 8-10 AM Central each class day. Live sessions will be recorded, and participants can either go back and revisit material at a later date or catch up on a session they missed. Learn more and register >

Facilities and Grounds Management CertificateAvailable in April 2021

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