APWA is excited to announce the new Certified Public Works Professional Program

New Thinking: New Certification

APWA is excited to announce the new Certified Public Works Professional program will launch at PWX 2018 in Kansas City.

The Certified Public Works Professional (CPWP) designation will have two levels:

  • Supervision Level (CPWP-S)
  • Management Level (CPWP-M)

The Certified Public Works Professional-Supervision (CPWP-S) recognizes individuals in the public works field who have the knowledge and experience to become supervisors in a public works organization. It is targeted to front-line employees, first-line supervisors and crew leaders, or others who wish to advance.

The Certified Public Works Professional-Management (CPWP-M) recognizes individuals in the public works field who have the knowledge and experience to manage organizations within a public works department. It is targeted to current supervisors who desire to move to management positions, mid-level managers and superintendents.

As with our existing certifications, the certification process will include:

  • Eligibility Application with requirements
  • Multiple-Choice Exam
  • Recertification

What role do the nationally-approved Public Works Institutes play?

  • Several PW Institute representatives participated in the development of the program requirements and exam content outline (job analysis) for the CPWP.
  • Completion of a PW Institute will not be a requirement for the new CPWP program however, PW Institutes will be a valuable training option for those seeking certification.
  • PW Institutes will not be asked to change their curriculum or “teach” to the exam.
  • PW Institute graduates will be provided an alternative pathway into certification eligibility.

What Happened to DCS?

Individuals who have earned credentials from the DCS program will continue to be recognized, supported and valued by APWA and peers in the profession.

  • DCS Credentialing Program ends August 2018.
  • Last candidates graduate at PWX 2018.
  • PWS, PWM, and PWE graduates will continue to be recognized by APWA.
  • PWS and PWM candidates who passed the eligibility step in the DCS program and requested to transition to the new program will be invited to participate in the first testing blocks on the new CPWP programs. Candidates will be contacted directly with additional details.
  • The Professional Development Committee is reviewing the current PWLF structure and will make recommendations for the future program structure to the APWA Board of Directors in June 2018. Further information will be available by August 2018.

Applications will be available for the new program in June, with the first testing to take place in August.

Stay tuned for further developments. Eligibility requirements, costs and other information can be found on the Certification webpage on the APWA website.