The Northwest Public Works Institute is a program of instruction for Public Works leaders in the Northwest who would like to attain a higher degree of proficiency as public works leaders and managers. The Institute is jointly operated by the Washington and Oregon Chapters of the American Public Works Association (APWA).
The program consists of 3 courses offered in Oregon and Washington that taken in their entirety provide public works professionals with everything they need to advance in supervisory and management positions up to and including Public Works Director. While it is recommended that the student take all 3 courses leading to a certificate of competency, the courses are also able to satisfy the needs of public works professionals at different stages in their career. Level 1 (Public Works Essentials) is a 4 day course of instruction that covers much of the nuts and bolts of public works management. Level 2 (Developing Leader) provides 4 days of instruction in the management and leadership skills required by the emerging leader. Level 3 (Public Works Leadership Skills) offers 4 days of instruction and hands on exercises in the leadership and management skills required of a public works administrator who aspires to be a department head.
Each of the 3 courses consists of 30 hours of instruction over the 4-day period. Completion of all 90 hours is recognized with a certificate of completion awarded by the Northwest Public Works Institute and National APWA.
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