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Agency Accreditation

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The purpose of the accreditation program is to provide a means of formally verifying and recognizing public works agencies for compliance with the recommended practices set forth in the Public Works Management Practices Manual. It is a voluntary, self-motivated approach to objectively evaluate, verify and recognize compliance with the recommended management practices.

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Begin the Journey

Interested in self-assessment, the first step in the Accreditation process? The Virtual Principles of PW Self-Assessment Workshop shows you how to complete the self-assessment process using the manual and software. For information about hosting a workshop, contact

Accreditation Open Forum Series

Join us for a series of free one-hour Open Forum discussions for Accredited agencies and agencies getting started or interested in the benefits of completing the self-assessment process. The panel discussions will offer insight into how other agencies managed their day-to-day operations to complete the self-assessment and achieve the Accreditation designation.

Registration is open now! Don’t miss this opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and learn why NOW is the time to get started on the accreditation journey.

Perspective from a small city/rural community (SC/RC)
September 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. CT

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Organization of supporting documents
December 14, 2021, 2:00 p.m. CT

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Accreditation Process

Agencies pursuing accreditation go through a five-phase process:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Application
  3. Improvement
  4. Evaluation
  5. Accreditation

 View the Accreditation Program Guidelines >

Every journey should have a map, and that includes self-assessment. Use the Accreditation Road Map to define your agency’s goals, confirm the desired outcome, and track the major steps or milestones needed to reach it.

 The Accreditation Road Map is also available as a poster!

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Benefits of Accreditation

  • Established agency-wide culture of continuous improvement
  • Improved operational performance
  • Team building and staff development
  • Succession planning/institutional knowledge retention
  • Central location for documentation and SOPs
  • Increased efficiencies/reduced duplication and wasted resources
  • Improved communication
  • Justification for budget requests
  • Lowering of insurance premiums
  • Reduced liability


APWA congratulates the following agencies for their commitment to continuous improvement as they achieved Accreditation status.

Name of Agency

Date Accredited

San Diego, CA Unified Port District, Engineering-Construction Department  Re-Accredited
June 26, 2021
Charlotte County, FL Department of Public Works    Accredited
 June 4, 2021

City of Fort Myers, FL Department of Public Works
May 21, 2021
Leon County, FL Department of Public Works  Accredited
April 16, 2021
City of Peoria, AZ Department of Public Works and Department of Water Services  Re-Accredited
April 9, 2021
Allegheny County, PA Department of Public Works  Re-Accredited
March 26, 2021
City of Surprise, AZ Department of Public Works, Department of Community Development, and Department of Water Resources Management
March 5, 2021

City of St. Petersburg, FL Engineering & Capital Improvement Department; Fleet Management Department; Stormwater, Pavement & Traffic Operations Department; and Water Resources Department
February 19, 2021

 Chattanooga, TN Department of Public Works
February 19, 2021

 City of Pinellas Park, FL Department of Public Works  Accredited
February 19, 2021

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