Public Works Institute FAQs

What is an APWA Public Works Institute?

An institute is an educational/training program offered by APWA through individual chapters concentrating on management and leadership professional development.

What is the difference between an Academy and an Institute?

Traditionally, an institute offers courses focused at professional and management development. In an academy, courses relate to increased technical abilities. Academies teach how to do the specialized functions relating to public works and institutes teach how to manage individuals or teams doing the work.

Who benefits from attending an institute?

The ideal audience is “current first-line supervisors and up” and “those aspiring to become leaders within the profession.”

What do participants receive upon completion of the Institute?

Participants receive a certificate from National customized to reflect chapter designations. Chapters and other sponsoring educational organizations may also award certificates.

What are the 11 core areas of study?

  • Supervisory Techniques and Skills
  • Basic Management Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Community Service/Customer Orientation Skills
  • Legal Understanding
  • Fundamentals of Government
  • Finance
  • Resource Management Skills
  • Public Works Operations
  • Creating the Future

What if I still have questions?

For questions or concerns please contact us at or 800-848-2792.