Formed in 1937, the American Public Works Association (APWA) is the only professional organization that caters exclusively to public works professionals.
Almost 30,000 public works directors, city engineers, fleet managers, property and equipment superintendents, utilities managers, community development directors, transportation managers, park directors, county officials, and other titles belong to the organization. Since membership's open to any person, agency, or company interested in the profession, there are also a lot of engineering consultants and manufacturers as well.
In addition to certifications in stormwater management and infrastructure inspector, APWA offers a Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) designation.
If you're looking for continuing education units (CEUs), APWA's got that covered as well.
I'm writing from Toronto, where more than 5,000 people are gathered for the first time in more than 25 years for APWA's annual convention. This is THE show for public works professionals who want to earn CEUs and/or kick the tires on the latest technology and equipment, featuring:
- 300+ exhibits of products and services at the trade show
- 125+ education sessions covering best practices and successful case studies from public works departments
- 30+ sessions comprising the APWA Sustainability Conference, which is being held at the same time as Congress
- A Stormwater Summit
One last thing: Public Works isn't affiliated with APWA, which publishes The APWA Reporter, but we wholeheartedly support the association's mission. With 63 chapters in North America (including eight in Canada), you don't have to travel far to find support from people facing the same challenges. I always learn something when I attend one of the many excellent tours, seminars, and other events put on by the APWA's Chicago Metro Chapter.
You will, too, at your local chapter.