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(NOTE: Please save a copy of your completed application on your computer.  If you encounter problems with submitting your application, you can email it as an attachment to DCSCENTER@apwa.net.)

The Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) program is the fourth level of the Leadership and Management career path offered through the Donald C. Stone Center. With nearly half of the current leaders in public works nearing retirement age, the PWLF program was created to meet the critical need to foster and develop leadership skills in the next generation of public works executives. Leadership Fellows will have a unique opportunity to invest in the future through a focused mentorship program. This is, in essence, succession planning on a grand scale.

Entry Requirements:
Candidates with 20 or more years of relevant public works experience can be eligible for the PWLF designation. Be sure to include at least 20 years of relevant work experience on the PWLF application. Acceptance to the program will be determined by the Program Council.

What is required to maintain the PWLF designation?
  • Provide at least 40 hours of mentoring each year
    • Assisting Level 3 PW Executive candidates with developing a capstone project, Public Works project and preparing for exams, or
    • Assisting Level 2 PW Manager candidates in executing their personalized professional development plan, or
    • Assisting Level 1 PW Supervisor candidates in executing their personalized professional development plan.
    • Maintain a record of mentoring activities through journaling
Pricing Information:
  • Application fee = $50 (non-refundable)
  • Enrollment fee = $199 members/$299 nonmembers (non-refundable)
  • Annual renewal fee = $50