Education Programs

The APWA-MN Chapter sponsors and offers several education programs for managers, superintendents, supervisors, and those who work on the front line.

Public Works Executive Fellowship
Developed with input from the Education & Training Committee of the APWA-MN, Hamline’s new Public Works Executive Fellowship is the only executive level management training offered at the local level solely for public works professionals. Learn more about the Public Works Executive Fellowship.

Leadership Academy
The Leadership Academy is a mini-masters program that provides practical knowledge, tools, and skills public works professionals need to manage effectively. The academy is partnered through Hamline University and provides 90 hours of training, meeting one and a half days a month for seven months. Class sizes are limited to 25 students and targeted toward emerging and current leaders in the public works field. Learn more about the Leadership Academy.

Underground Utilities Construction Inspector School (UUCIS)
The UUCIS addresses a gap in construction inspection training. MnDOT had developed a certification program for inspectors covering grading and base, concrete, and pavement inspections, but no organization addressed training inspectors for storm sewer, water, and sanitary sewer construction. UUCIS meets this need and has proven to be popular. The UUCIS consists of eight half-day classes spread over an 8-month period. Learn more about the UUCIS.

Public Works Certificate Program
The Public Works Certificate Program is a 23-credit program consisting of four semesters of public works classes and two semesters of English classes. Students attend 320 hours of classroom instruction and the program is targeted to leading front line workers and supervisors. Learn more about the Public Works Certificate Program.

Public Works Technician Program
Students completing the Public Works Technician Program will gain the basic skills necessary to work efficiently and safely in a variety of municipal, county, and state positions, such as street, utlity, and park maintenance. The 32-credit program is offered in the evenings at the Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie campuses of Hennepin Technical College during the fall semester; students receive a diploma upon completion. 

Midwest Regional Water Utility Management Institute

The Midwest Regional Water Utility Management Institute is a three-day seminar offered in March that focuses on management topics and structured to build supervisory and management skills. The Institute is sponsored by the APWA-MN Chapter, SUSA, and AWWA-MN Chapter, and is offered with support from Hamline University. Learn more about the Midwest Regional Water Utility Management Institute.

Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day

The Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day is a one-day event that is held at a single location, which rotates throughout the state annually. The event offers a half-day of classroom roadway maintenance training, followed by a half-day of outdoor maintenance activity demonstrations. The event is sponsored by LTAP, MN LRRB, MnDOT, and the APWA-MN Chapter. 

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