We partner with the American Public Works Association (APWA) to host the NW Public Works Institute, a leadership program focused on providing public works professionals with the skills needed to advance in supervisory and management positions. Registration is provided through APWA.
Each of the three courses consists of 30 hours of instruction over a four day period. Completion of 90 hours is recognized with a Certificate of Completion awarded by the Northwest Public Works Institute and National APWA.
Public Works Leadership
Public Works Essentials
- Learn process, planning, and people skills for the public works administrator
- November 1 - 4, 2016 in Cannon Beach
- Learn the nuts and bolts of public works management
- November 29 - December 2, 2016 in Wilsonville
The Developing Leader
For more information, visit the APWA site
Oregon Skills Demo and Safety Conference
This annual event is a three-day opportunity for city, county, and state road maintenance workers to attend training classes and to show off their heavy equipment operating abilities.
The roadeo portion allows operators to demonstrate their skills in operating a backhoe, plowing, operating a loader in tight situations, operating a grader, installing chains, and performing pre-trip inspections on trucks with hidden defects. The competition is judged and prizes are awarded to the top operators in each area -- with the overall top scorer taking home the "Top Gun" trophy. The top two scorers earn a trip to the APWA Western Snow and Ice Conference National Roadeo in Colorado.
Street Maintenance and Collection Systems Schools
Each Spring and Fall, we partner with the American Public Works Association to offer a two and a half day school for road maintenance and wastewater collections systems personnel of all levels. Four tracks of professional and technical development sessions are offered, as well as exhibits and displays. CEUs are generally available for attending the full schedule of classes.
Scholarships are available. See the APWA web site for details.
- Next school: October 4 - 6 in Bend
- For more information, visit the APWA site
Preventive Maintenance for Roadway Surfaces
Offered every other year in the Spring, this one and a half day workshop is for maintenance crew members, first-line supervisors, engineering technicians, construction inspectors, and those responsible for preventive maintenance and repair of roads and streets.
Instruction provides up-to-date training that improves agencies' ability to provide or specify quality maintenance of roads and streets. Current industry standards and information are provided on a variety of surface treatment types and procedures. Normally, 1.1 general CEUs are awarded for full attendance.
The National Highway Institute offers both online and instructor-led classes for the transportation professional. See their website
for current offerings.