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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 Manager (PWM) program is Level 2 of the Leadership and Management career path offered through the Donald C. Stone Center. Because the role of middle management in the public works arena often includes implementing system changes, managers must be capable of maintaining full functionality within their organization throughout the change process. Effective managers develop acceptance of change by motivating staff and building the momentum required to accomplish the goals of updating the system.

Entry Requirements:
  • Successful completion of the DCS Center's Level 1 Public Works Supervisor program, or
  • 8 years of experience  working within public works and an associate’s degree, or
  • 5 years of  experience working within  public works and a bachelor’s degree, or
  • 15 years of experience as of September 2012; this option will expire in 2015
  • Relevant public works military experience will be considered.

Completion Requirements:
  • Benchmark your current status by taking a knowledge assessment
  • Develop a professional development plan based on the results of the knowledge assessment
  • Document execution of your professional development plan through online journaling
  • Create a professional portfolio
  • Complete an American Public Works Association's authorized institute
  • Develop a public works project
  • Pass the post program assessment (80% required to pass)

Pricing Information:
  • Application fee = $50 (non-refundable)
  • Enrollment fee = $199 members/$299 nonmembers (non-refundable) 
  • Institute fees = Prices vary, depending on institute selection
  • Institute materials fees = Prices vary (books, software, etc.)
  • Annual renewal fee = $50
Candidates in the PWM program will find it helpful to use the APWA Public Works Administration book (known as the "Blue Book"); if not available at your workplace, it can be ordered from the AWPA Store (item PB.A748) for $75 for members/ $85 for non-members.