The American Public Works Association has several standing committees of the board to assist in the governance and internal affairs of the association. Members of these committees serve by virtue of their positions on the APWA Board of Directors or by appointment by the president. The people on APWA committees and councils are current association members, unless otherwise noted.

 
Accreditation Council
This six member council, including one ICMA member, is appointed by the president and members may serve up to two, three-year terms.  The council chair is appointed by the president for a one-year term and is chosen from the agencies which have been awarded Accreditation. The council reviews results of the site accreditation team's findings of public works agencies' applications for accreditation and determines accreditation status.

Audit Committee
The president recommends three members and one non-APWA member financial expert; the Board appoints. Committee members, excluding the non-APWA member financial expert, may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee is responsible for the selection, compensation, and oversight of the APWA auditing firm as well as review of the annual audit reports.

Awards Committee
The president appoints five members for this committee and they may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee is responsible for reviewing nominations for all awards other than Top Ten Leaders of the Year, Project of the Year, PWHS, Snow and Ice and PACE awards and selecting recipients according to established criteria.

Center for Sustainability Leadership Group
The 12 members of the Center’s Leadership Group identify and develop tools and best practices to ensure APWA becomes the driving force for sustainability in public works management while growing the next generation of public works leaders with strong sustainability credentials and commitment. Members of this group come from across the US and Canada and have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and are exercising sustainable leadership in their communities.  Leadership group members are appointed by the president and may serve up to three, two-year terms.

Certification Commission
Appointed by the president, this group consists of three voting members plus three non-voting members (the CPFP Council Chair, the CPII Council Chair, and the CSM Council Chair). Voting members of this Commission may serve up to three, two-year terms. The commission governs and oversees the delivery of APWA’s current and future certification programs and is responsible for establishing overall policies that will govern all APWA certifications, as well as having oversight of all of the APWA certification programs. The commission works with the individual governance councils for each certification program to ensure continuity and outreach efforts.

Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) Council
The CPFP Council consists of five APWA members, appointed by the president who may serve up to three, two-year terms. This Council manages APWA’s Certified Public Fleet Professional program, providing oversight for the program, making determinations regarding eligibility, interpreting the rules and regulations of the program, and other related responsibilities pertaining to the certification program.

Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII) Council
The CPII Council consists of five APWA members, appointed by the president who may serve up to three, two-year terms. This Council manages APWA’s Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector program, providing oversight for the program, making determinations regarding eligibility, interpreting the rules and regulations of the program, and other related responsibilities pertaining to the certification program.

Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM) Council
The CSM Council consists of five APWA members, appointed by the president who may serve up to three, two-year terms. This Council manages APWA’s Certified Stormwater Manager program, providing oversight for the program, making determinations regarding eligibility, interpreting the rules and regulations of the program, and other related responsibilities pertaining to the certification program.

Diversity Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of ten members of the association who may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee advances the inclusiveness issue throughout the association, placing value on all individuals and the different perspectives of those individuals, and promoting the process for all to feel included as part of the whole. Diversity includes race, gender, creed, age, life-style, national origin, disability, personality, educational background, and income level.
 

APWA Diversity Statement
The American Public Works Association recognizes, appreciates and fosters the synergy which is created when the work environment values the differences in individuals and practices inclusiveness and open communication.


Donald C.Stone Credentialing Council
The ten members of this council are appointed by the president and each may serve two, three-year terms. Comprised of senior public works executives and representatives, the Credentialing Council (CC) reviews and evaluates the professional portfolio, the compilation of the Donald C. Stone candidate’s work while in the program. Then, based on the portfolio evaluation, the CC bestows the credentials. The CC also hears and resolves candidate grievances.

Donald C.Stone Program Council
The president appoints the ten members of this council and each may serve two, three-year terms. The Council is comprised of experienced and senior public works executives, including members with military and consulting background. Their role on the council is to review and accept applicants to the Donald C. Stone Center programs.

Donald C.Stone Quality Council
Ten APWA members are appointed by the president for this council and may serve two, three-year terms. This Council, which is comprised of senior public works executives and representatives, reviews and evaluates the professional development plans and journals submitted by credentialing candidates to assure that the candidates are gaining “relevant” public works experience at each of the three levels (PWS, PWM and PWE).

Donald C.Stone Research Council
The members of this Council are appointed by the president and may serve two, three-year terms. Comprised of senior public works executives and representatives from three universities, the Research Council reviews initial and final credentialing candidate projects and hears defense of executive projects by candidates in the Donald C. Stone Public Works Executive (PWE) program.

Finance Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of board members and may include one member of the association, Finance Committee members may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee reviews the budget prepared by the executive director and makes recommendations to the board on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year; monitors investments and makes recommendations on investment policies; and monitors the association's quarterly financial statements and the long-term strategic financial planning for the association.

Government Affairs Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of nine members of the association, Government Affairs Committee members may serve up to three, two-year terms. The committee is responsible for recommending public policy goals, positions, priorities and strategies to the APWA Board of Directors and oversees the implementation of APWA's public policy advocacy initiatives and external relations activities. The committee does not have the authority to make policy. It can initiate policy proposals and has responsibility for reviewing and making recommendations to the Board on all policies initiated by other organizational units within APWA, chapters, or individual members.

Institute Strategy and Review Committee
Appointed by the president, the seven members of this committee may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee reviews applications for APWA Public Works Institute status and makes recommendations about changes to institute policies.

International Affairs Committee
There are twelve members on the International Affairs Committee, seven are appointed by the president, with members eligible to serve up to three, two-year terms. Five of the committee members are ex-officio members from APWA's formal partnerships. This committee works to enhance the quality and efficiency with which public works infrastructure and services are provided around the world by facilitating the development and exchange of ideas, information and technology among persons professionally involved in the delivery of such facilities and services. Five members of the IAC also serve on the Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Review Task Force and review the applications for the Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program and in turn make a recommendation to the Committee regarding the Jennings Randolph International Fellows. Final confirmation of the Jennings Randolph International Fellows is determined by the Eisenhower Word Affairs Institute. 

National Nominating Committee
Comprised of immediate past president and next immediate past president (who serves as chair) and 1 member from each of the 9 regions, as appointed by the president. The committee sets the slate of election for the president-elect and directors at-large.

Professional Development Committee
The eleven members of the Professional Development Committee (PDC) are appointed by the president and may serve up to three, two-year terms. One of the committee members is selected from the Young Professionals Network. The PDC provides oversight, guidance, support and coordination for all APWA’s professional development, education and training programs.

Project of the Year Awards Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of fifteen members of the association who may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee reviews nominations for the Public Works Project of the Year Award and selects recipients according to established criteria.

PWX Program Review Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of eight members of the association who may serve one, one-year term (except for the chair who may serve two, one-year terms and is appointed from the previous year's committee). The committee guides the topic selection for the annual PWX (formerly known as the International Public Works Congress & Exposition-"Best Show in Public Works"), judges proposals, provides vision for new educational areas, suggests different training formats and provides contacts with speakers nationally.

Small Cities/Rural Communities
The Small Cities / Rural Communities Committee consists of six members who may serve up to three, two-year terms. The committee was created to facilitate training/education activities and dialog that provide opportunities to share solutions to the public works challenges of small cities and rural communities.

Snow Conference Program Review Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of four members of the association who may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee guides the topic selection for the annual North American Snow Conference, judges proposals and provides contacts with speakers nationally.

Top Ten Review Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of five members of the association who may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee reviews nominations for the Top Ten Leaders of the Year award and selects recipients according to established criteria.