Is PWS for you?

  • If you are interested in receiving  a designation to show that you have developed the skills and knowledge for effective supervisory leadership.
  • If you have supervioyexperience but are new to public works
  • If you are interested in preparing yourself for opportunities in public works as a manager

How will the PWS program benefit you?

  • You will develop a personalized professional development plan based on the results of your assessment
  • You will work with others who are interested in becoming supervisors and leaders in public works
  • You will be mentored by an experienced leader in public works
  • You will learn the latest thinking in leadership and how it applies to public works situations

What is the PWS designation?
The APWA Public Works Supervisoy (PWS) designation is a national recognition that you have successfully completed the requirements of a rigorous program and that shu hep you perform as an effective supervisor. Once obtained, you will need to fulfill the professional development requirements for renewal.

Who will review my application?
All applications are reviewed by the DCS Center Program Council (PC). This is a group of experienced public works professionals selected by the Board of Directors because of their leadership and commitment to APWA.

What is an APWA Public Works Institute?
The Public Works Institutes are designed for supervisors and managers who aspire to become leaders; the curriculum covers ten core areas that are the basis for effective public works leadership. Institutes are offered by APWA chapters in a variety of formats. Many are face-to-face courses that are run as multi-day workshops that span one to three years. Others are online programs and can be instructor-led or self-paced. The total cost ranges from $900 to $4,200. 

How long will it take me to complete the program?
The program allows candidates up to four years to complete the program.  Current graduates have averaged one year and eight months to complete the program.  This includes the time it takes candidates to complete an APWA appoved institute which can vary from a self-paced program to four years. 

Can I proceed to the next level in the DCS Center?
If you have successfully completed the Level 1 Public Works Supervsior program, you are qualified to enter the Level 2 PW Manager program without the college degree requirements.

What are the requirements for renewing the PWS designation?

  • Continue to work on the professional development plan and journal documentation
  • Complete a minimum of 20 hours of pofessional development or education hours each year
  • Abide by the ethical standards set by the American Public Works Association Board of Directors

What qualifies for 20 professional development hours necessay to maintain the PWS credenial?

  • Read articles or books on management and leadership with documentation in the journal
  • Volunteer at a local APWA chapter
  • Attend training programs offered by APWA or other associations, agencies, or municipalities
  • Attend APWA national conferences: International Public Works Congress & Exposition, North American Snow Conference, or Sustainability in Public Works Conference
  • Attend public works related conferences offered by other organizations
  • Participate in Click, Listen, & Learn programs offered by APWA (offered free to APWA members)

What are the expenses related to applying for the Public Works Supervsor program?
Earning a Donald C. Stone Center designation is making an investment in yourself—and your future. The Public Works Supervisor program can enrich you current positon, adding value to your organizato, open the door to more career choices and increase your earning potential.  For expenses, please refer to the chart below.

PWM Fees APWA Member Price Non-Member Price
Application Fee $50.00 USD $50.00 USD
First Year Enrollment Fee $200 USD $300 USD*
Annual Fee (after first year) $50.00 USD $50.00 USD
Candidates in the PWS program will fnd it helpful to use the Public Works Administration book (also known as the "Blue Book"); if not available at your workplace, a copy can be purchased from the APWA Store for $75 for members, $85 for non-members. 

What are the expenses for completing the program?
Candidates must complete an APWA approved institute to fullfill the educational requirements of the program.  It is a 90 hour program and the fees vary by institute.  As mentioned previously fees range from $900 to $4,200.  Click here for more information. 

What are the expenses of maintaining a credential after graduation?
Alumni pay an annual fee of $50 to maintain their credential.  The 20 hours of professional development hours might require additional expenses, but the webinars through the member's library are free and credit is given for volunteer hours that are also providing the alumni growth opportunities.