Local Training

Local elected officials, administrators, and staff, as well as boards and authorities, can benefit from quality, customized training and development opportunities offered by the Institute at convenient locations around the state and on the University of Georgia campus.

Certificate of Public Works Management Program

Contact: Walt McBride, mcbride@uga.edu; 770.503.4474

The Georgia Certificate of Public Works Management (CPWM) program is offered in cooperation with the Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). It is a part of the Mike Joyner Public Works Education Program and is administered by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. To earn the CPWM, a participant must complete six two and a half day modules of study. Training opportunities are offered during conferences held in January and July.

The modules are taught by both Institute of Government instructional faculty and public works professionals. Taking a practical approach to training public works managers and supervisors, courses encourage professionalism, increase knowledge of effective management practices, and develop skills to help managers provide outstanding local government services.

Certificate of Public Works Management Curriculum

Module One — Fundamentals of Public Works

  • History of Public Works
  • Functions of Public Works
  • Public Works Services
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability

Module Two — The Political Environment of Public Works

  • Political Values and Decision-making
  • The Role of Public Services in a Democratic Society
  • Creating public value in local government

Module Three — Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Works

  • General Legal Issues
  • Employment Law
  • Liability and the Local Government Official
  • Ethical Decision-making
  • Ethics and the Use of Power

Module Four — Leadership and Management

  • Fundamentals of Leadership and Management
  • Theories of Leadership
  • Applied Leadership
  • Coaching
  • Self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence

Module Five — Managing Service Delivery in Public Works

  • Effective Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Budgets

Module Six — Process Improvement in Public Works

  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Measuring Performance

Completion of the CPWM meets the educational requirements for application to the APWA Donald C. Stone Center. In order to keep their certificate current, participants must complete 30 hours of electives on public works topics every three years.

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