Operating a Nationally-Approved Institute

Requirements for APWA national approval of an Institute:

  • Core Topic Areas
  • Institute Length
  • Assessment/Testing
  • Delivery Method
  • Hours of Classroom Instruction
  • Instructor Standards
  • Ongoing Program Evaluation
  • Continuing Education

How will my chapter benefit from offering an Institute program?

Offering an institute program can benefit your chapter in several ways:

  • Training a new generation of leaders and managers for the agencies located in your area
  • Increasing the visibility and membership of your chapter
  • Producing additional revenue for your chapter 

How much time will it take?

Offering a chapter institute program requires a large commitment from your chapter. It is highly recommended you identify an ongoing steering/planning committee to oversee the program. Responsibilities of the committee could include: identification of content and speakers each year; marketing and recruitment of attendees; review and discussion of evaluation results; and on-site appearances at institute meetings.

How much will it cost my chapter?

Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate regional and cultural needs were a priority for the Public Works Institute Task Force. Therefore, as long as chapters address the 10 core areas of study and provide a minimum of 90 educational classroom contact hours of instruction, they have the flexibility to tailor the program to fit their specific needs. A Steering/Planning Committee is proposed to oversee and verify the institute objectives are met. Chapters will have the ability to determine the scheduling and emphasis of the core areas of study, registration fees, higher education affiliations/sponsorships, and the use of self-assessment tools and examinations. Fee determination associated with the Institute will be the responsibility of the chapter.

What is the process for an Institute to get approved by National?

Click here for details about applying for national approval.

What resources are available to chapters hosting an APWA nationally-approved Institute?

Approved institutes have access to a collection of curriculum resources and templates. These resources are available in MyAPWA when you login.

Who can I contact if I still have questions or need help getting started?

For questions or concerns please contact us at PWI@apwa.net or 800-848-2792.