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The Public Works Supervisor (PWS) program is the first level of the Leadership and Management track offered through the Donald C. Stone Center. The PWS program focuses on knowledge and skills that will help supervisors become effective leaders. Increasingly, supervisors in public works will be required to move beyond their technical expertise into situations where holistic skills are necessary.


Supervisors should know how to communicate clearly, empathetically and effectively under pressure, how to navigate the political environment, how to leverage resources, how to rethink systems and how to critically consider and integrate solutions and options across all functional areas. In essence, effective supervisors and team leaders will need to understand how all areas of public works interact with each other to create, support and grow healthy communities.

Entry Requirements:
  • One year of experience in public works
  • 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
  • Create a project that has a practical application to public works
  • Document execution of the professional development plan through online journaling
  • Create a professional portfolio
  • Complete an APWA-authorized Institute
  • 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
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The next application deadline is October 8, 2014.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on November 12, 2014.