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Education & Events

APWA is your number one resource for comprehensive public works information! Whether you need to meet the requirements of your state/province or brush up on your leadership, management and communications skills, we have a sound solution for your training and education needs. With online, face-to-face, and on-demand programs, we have educational content which fits within your time and travel constraints.


APWA’s certification programs deliver an opportunity for members and nonmembers to earn credentials which demonstrate advanced knowledge in their field.

There are five certifications available:
Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) 
Certified Public infrastructure Inspector (CPII)
Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM)
Certified Public Works Professional- Supervision (CPWP-S)
Certified Public Works Professional-Management (CPWP-M)

On the agency level, the accreditation designation is available to any public agency interested in utilizing APWA’s voluntary, self-motivated approach to objectively evaluate, verify and recognize compliance with the recommended public works management practices.


APWA offers two forms of eLearning. Click, Listen & Learn programs are webinars which are free to members and available to nonmembers for a nominal fee. The learning management system houses many other APWA programs and courses; all accessible via the APWA eLearning Portal. Additional e-learning programs are available from APWA national, and from local chapters and branches.

Leadership Training and Graduate Studies

The Emerging Leaders Academy provides opportunities for individuals to hone their leadership and management skills in a public works context. For those interested in graduate studies, APWA has also collaborated with Norwich University to offer a Master of Public Administration-Public Works and Sustainability concentration online degree program.

Continuing Education Credits

Many professional designations or credentials require continuing education in order to maintain the designation. APWA is an International Association of Continuing Education & Training (IACET) authorized continuing education provider. Therefore, APWA is able to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for all of its national events and for pre-approved chapter events. The IACET designation signifies to state licensing authorities and other entities that APWA meets the highest standards and definitions of continuing education and training.

National Public Works Week

National Public Works Week (NPWW) is recognized in the United States and Canada, and many state/provincial, county, and local agencies hold events in their community to provide information about operations, equipment and the professionals who design, build and maintain their public infrastructure.

Additional Resources

Check out the Resources section and the APWA Education & Credentialing Blog for even more educational and informational resources.