Live Events

Spotlight On Fleet

This three-and-a-half-hour program featured three relevant and pertinent sessions for those who manage fleet, including interviews with current APWA Leadership.

Sessions in this program include:

  • Why Smarter Cities Start with Smarter Fleets
    Speaker: Sherry Wu
  • Deploying an AVL Solution Across a Large Fleet: Lessons Learned and Best Practices
    Speakers: Craig Berndt and Rick Durham
  • Fleet Open Forum
    Speakers: Mark Stinson, CPFP, CPWP-M (Chair), Sarah Mark, Scott McIver, CPFP, Don Miller, CPFP, Carlos Osterroth, CPFP

Did you attend the live program?

Access the recordings and revisit this content in the eLearning Portal.

Did you miss out?

You can purchase an annual registration for the Spotlight on Series or purchase the recordings in the APWA Store (available in 2021).

SC/RC Perspective On Fleet

Finding Success in Your Small City Fleet

Managing a public fleet in a small city/rural community must be a proactive endeavor. Fleet managers must extend the life of equipment and vehicles, prioritize purchases, and maintain a fluid shift model to manage employees. Join this panel discussion to learn more about how fleets are managed in small cities and rural communities.

Public Fleet Management Live Online Workshop/Certificate Program

SOLD OUT — REGISTRATION CLOSED. New March session now open >

This is an eight-hour program 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.

Learn straight from those fleet managers who developed the program. The format blends the best of live face to face with the convenience of online learning. Live sessions will be recorded, and participants can either go back and revisit material later or catch up on a session they missed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the role of a fleet manager and determine the benefits of enhanced communication with partners and fleet customers
2. Recall basic finance and technology issues related to fleet management and identify global issues and their impact on fleet management
3. Explain common industry best practices

Participants receive a certificate of completion and 0.8 CEU credits upon successful completion.

Introductory pricing is available for this first session: $100 for Members and $145 for Non-Members.

Email education@apwa.net to receive information on the next Public Fleet Management Certificate workshop.

Third Thursday Advocacy Jam: Fleet

September 17, 2020
2:303:30 p.m. CT

September currently looks to be a critical month for public works advocacy. As of this writing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) legislation governing our nation’s federal surface transportation policy is set to expire on September 30. Additionally, Canada’s House of Commons is currently set to return from its summer break on September 21 and an economic update is anticipated. Please join the APWA Government Affairs team and volunteer leaders from the U.S. and Canada for an interactive discussion on these issues, as well as an overview of advocacy tools available to our members and the importance of member engagement. To best advocate for the priorities of our members, we want to hear the impact that surface transportation policy has on your community, what you want to see Parliament address in the upcoming session, and any other experiences or questions you would like to share. We look forward to hearing your thoughts – join the conversation!

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members. You can register for the entire year of programming or by each individual program.

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On Demand eLearning Opportunities

Principles of Public Works Operations: Equipment & Fleet Management

This session is designed for individuals who are interested in exploring Equipment and Fleet Management, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session provides essential aspects of operating and maintaining a municipal fleet and dives into best practices and emerging trends relating to equipment and fleet management. Although this session is primarily focused on fleet management, the same concepts apply to equipment management as well. It provides real-world examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe essential aspects of operating and maintaining a municipal fleet
2. Employ best practices in fleet and equipment management
3. Discuss emerging trends in fleet and equipment management

Proficiency Level: Introductory

This course aligns with the following APWA programs:
PW Institutes Unit: Unit 10 – Overview of Public Works Operations
Accreditation Practices: Chapter 19 – Public Works Management Practices Manual, 10th ed

Course discounts are available when purchasing for groups and for the entire series. The course is now available for advanced purchase in the APWA Store.

Resource Center Highlights

Members can access recordings of Click, Listen, & Learn programs, content from past conferences, and specific e-books and publications on demand 24/7 through the Resource Center. We'll feature three exciting programs related to the month's highlighted technical area.

Spec Writing 101
Regardless of the type or quantity of vehicles or equipment your agency needs, the most important part of the procurement decision-making process is making the right selection for the agency's needs. Not only can the wrong choices negatively impact the agency's service delivery, but they can also waste taxpayer dollars. This session will provide an overview of APWA's Spec Writing 101 publication that provides an overview of how to conduct a legal and ethical procurement process for vehicles, equipment, and services to meet your agency's operational needs.

Workshop Challenges and Solutions for Public Fleet Managers
Because of rapidly changing technological and societal paradigms, today’s public fleet managers are dealing with trends, challenges, and solutions that could not be anticipated a decade ago. This workshop will put you together with fleet professionals from around North America who share your same concerns and are eager to share the latest thinking in public fleet management.

Effective Fleet Management Strategy for Municipal Fleets
Fleet management in the public sector is often frustrating and a source of conflict between the fleet manager and the users of fleet vehicles and equipment. Poor communication is identified as the most common cause but in reality, it is a lack of a strategic planning for fleet management.

APWA Top Ten Performance Measures for Fleet Professionals
APWA's Fleet Management Committee has identified the top ten performance measures critical to a fleet manager's success. Does your agency measure up?

Trending Technologies/Roving Reporter

Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest #trendingtech in public works? You're in luck! APWA is highlighting a new trending technology by way of our Talking Top Tech webinars, Roving Reporter Education Series, and new resources and programs. You can even share your own Roving Reporter videos on social media using #APWARovingReporter.

Talking Top Tech: Global Positioning System (GPS)/Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Edition

Career Development/Workforce


Filling Fleet Manager Vacancies and Tools to Prepare for the Position
It is no longer enough to have just mechanical experience if your ambition is to become a fleet manager. Today's fleet professionals must have skills and knowledge in business management, human resources, information technology, risk management, finance, and asset management. This program was brought to you by the APWA Fleet Management Committee, to provide the latest information about the importance of training and pay scale development, as well as details regarding APWA’s CPFP certification program.

Redesigning Pay Plans to Retain Vehicle Technicians and Shop Personnel During Tough Times
With no pay increases in over four years, and talented newer technicians feeling trapped at the bottom of the pay scale, Milwaukee implemented a new pay plan for technicians and shop personnel that allows movement to higher pay rates based on training and certifications earned by technicians. The success of the program has raised shop morale, pride, productivity, and retention of talent.

Developing World Class Fleet Technicians
Follow the example of the City of San Jose, California which has merged a successful recruitment program, traditional training approaches, and a practical hands-on apprentice program to develop highly productive, fluid and efficient technicians who have the ability to work on both heavy and light equipment.


Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP)
The purpose of the Public Fleet Professional Certification is to promote excellence in fleet management by advancing the knowledge and practice of public fleet professionals to benefit communities through quality fleet services.

What Certified Public Fleet Professional Means to Me
Mary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, PWLF

Certification as A Fleet Manager Helps Advance the Profession
Scott McIvers, CPFP

CPFP Program Helps Fleet Professionals Increase Their Knowledge and Expertise
Brian Franklin, CPFP

Get Your CPFP in 3 Steps

  1. Apply — Submit eligibility fee and application detailing education and public fleet experience.
  2. Prepare — Review content outline, study and attend classes to become comfortable with concepts.
  3. Test — Submit exam application, pay the fee and pick a date to sit for the computer-based exam.

To welcome you to the September Fleet celebration, APWA is offering eligible candidates $50 off their exam fees for applications received by the end of September and scheduled before the end of 2020.

It’s your time, Get Certified! 

Exhibitor Showcase

We're bringing the exhibit experience directly to you with a virtual exhibit floor and popular New Product Showcase! Watch demonstration tutorials, tour the virtual exhibit floor to discover new technology and products designed to make your job easier, and set up appointments with participating companies to get more information, all from the comfort of your own chair. Be sure to vote for the Best New Product before August 30th and check in for exhibitor prize drawings and new educational programming.

Fleet Resources

Blog Post | Fleet Specific Facilities: What to Consider 
Elected officials and public works leaders are realizing the value of their fleet; thus, managing and protecting assets in that fleet has become imperative. One thing leaders are doing to protect their fleet assets is building fleet specific facilities. The facilities allow managers and technicians to house parts, secure vehicle keys, and work on vehicles safely and efficiently. While a new fleet specific facility will improve efficiency, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before, during, and after the doors open.

PW Self-Assessment: Equipment and Fleet Management
This Toolbox series is your introduction to APWA’s PW Self-Assessment. Each month a new topic will be highlighted through self-assessment checklists, model practices from APWA Accredited Agencies, and educational resources. Self-assessment is a valuable tool for determining how an agency's policies, procedures, and processes compare to recommended practices identified by nationally recognized experts in the field of public works. Public works self-assessment provides opportunities for continuous improvement for your overall operations, ultimately leading to better quality of life for your community.

Q: Can a Fleet Department become APWA Accredited?
A: Most definitely! By completing the self-assessment and with a successful accreditation site visit, Fleet, as an essential operation for public works, can achieve the accreditation designation.

APWA Equipment Code Video Tutorial
We put together a video to help you unravel the mystery that is Equipment Codes! Check out this tutorial or dive straight into purchasing the Equipment Code publication below.

The APWA Equipment Code is designed to address the need for a common classification system, which will allow public and private agencies to identify the significant characteristics of their motor vehicles and equipment fleets.

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Publication Highlights


Spec Writing 101: Quick Guide to Purchasing Public Works Vehicles and Equipment Regardless of the type or quantity of vehicles or equipment your agency needs, the most important part of the decision-making process is making the right selection for the agency's needs. Not only can the wrong choices negatively impact the agency's service delivery, but they can also waste taxpayer dollars. This guide provides an overview of how to conduct a legal and ethical procurement process for vehicles, equipment, and services to meet your agency's operational needs.


Top Ten Performance Measures for Fleet Managers — Developing a program and tracking performance measures help fleet managers demonstrate the value of their departments to the communities they serve. Dozens of performance measures exist and vary from agency to agency. This book outlines the top ten most common and critical performance measures to a fleet manager's success. Check out how your agency measures up!


The Concise Manual for Calculating Public Fleet Rates — The ability to “cost-out” a product line can be the difference between a thriving operation and one that is on the brink of failure. This manual guides the public sector fleet manager—in easy to read, understandable language—through the process of calculating chargeback rates for billing customers. Topics include calculating service rates for vehicle repairs, determining shop staff levels, and establishing rental rates to fund vehicle replacements.

Committee News

APWA Committees are the backbone of our education program. You'll be the first to see committee chair videos, trending committee hashtags for social media, InfoNOW Communities, knowledge team and subcommittee opportunities, and more!

If you are interested in public fleet management, you may want to consider joining the Fleet Management Knowledge Team.

#APWAFleet is the hashtag used by the Fleet Management Committee.