Public Works Management Institute Certificate

Training for Managers

Are you a public works supervisor or municipal engineer who recently transitioned into a management role? Or, are you preparing for career advancement? Are you a public works manager who wants to enhance your understanding of, and skill in management systems and processes? Get advanced practical training focused on essential public management functions including finance and budgeting, employee relations and HR processes, external communications, municipal engineering and public works operations with the Public Works Management Institute certificate.

The Public Works Management Institute Certificate courses will supplement and expand the training in the Supervisory Academy, and will result in a comprehensive training program in public works supervision and management. As with the Supervisory Academy courses, all of the institute courses are practical, taught by experienced instructors, and provide an opportunity to network and learn from other public works supervisors, managers, and instructors.

Who Should Enroll

Designed to focus on the management of local public works organizations and operations, the Institute is a good fit for supervisors, engineers, and managers new to management roles, managers who wish to sharpen their skills and build their confidence, and public works employees and new supervisors preparing for advancement.

No academic experience is required to enroll.

Continue Your Professional Development

The Public Works Management Institute is offered in collaboration with the Wisconsin Chapter American Public Works Association. The PWMI is approved by the national APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership and Management. The completion of the Institute program helps fulfill a requirement in the Donald C. Stone Center. It also helps fulfill a requirement of the Certified Public Manager certificate program offered by the Department of Continuing Studies, UW-Madison.

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photo of Steve Pudloski Stephen Pudloski , PhD, PE
Emeritus Faculty Associate
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The certificate requires 90 hours of training completed in 15 days:

  • The nine one-day courses in the PWSA program,
  • Three one-day management institute courses,
  • One two-day course and,
  • One-day Capstone at the completion of the program.

To fulfill the two-day course requirement, you may choose one of the following courses: Municipal Engineering for Non-Engineers or Fundamentals of Public Works Operations.

Certificate program length varies by the number of courses taken by each student in a given year.

Students do not need to enroll in certificate courses in a specific order or sequence.


Required Courses

Advanced Communication Skills

Municipal Engineering Fundamentals for Non-Engineers

Budgeting for Public Works

Labor and Employee Relations

Fundamentals of Public Works Operations