Public Works Academy

The Public Works Academy prepares you for careers in Public Works, Utilities and the Construction Industries by providing education and training classes.  These classes are organized around our three focuses which include: Cadet Training, Apprenticeship Training and Continuing Education.


First, as a high school graduate, you’ll quality for Cadet Training. This training will prepare you with the opportunity for a great career. You’ll get immediate hands-on experience in a job where you can really make a difference. The admission process includes an interview, letters of recommendation, evaluation, career counseling and orientation.  In approximately four months, you will have a significant number of certifications and some experience that will position you to obtain a job for public works in either the public, private or nonprofit sectors.
Public Works Cadet Program Description

The next focus of the Public Works Academy is Technical Training with an emphasis on the Apprenticeship Training. Here our instructors maintain several year relationships with students that are already working for several local municipalities. This training prepares them to move from apprentices to the next levels of their careers.

The third focus of the Public Works Academy is Advanced Career Development, or Continuing Education for Public Works employees who want to advance in their careers, maintain their industry certifications and/or transfer to another department within public works. Employment in the field of public works is not static. Individuals need certifications to do many of the jobs required of them. The continuing education program provides this certification and subsequent recertification.

Public Works education and certification in action


The Public Works Academy is a provider if many public works, utilities and construction-related training.  Training partners include Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA), American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), and many others.  

Our classes include Maintenance of Traffic (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced), Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector, OSHA 10 hr/30 hr (Construction and General Industry, Signs, Signals, Markings, Roadway Lighting, Traffic Signal Inspector, etc.

Many of our students work for Public Works organizations (City/County/State/Federal), Utilities or the private companies working for municipal public works departments.  We are located in St. Petersburg (FL) but we hold classes throughout the State of Florida and our student work throughout the United States.