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APPA offers new version of Public Power Manager Certificate Program this May in Anaheim


From the March 19, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 19, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
APPA will hold its newly updated Public Power Manager Certificate Program at the association's Spring Education Institute, May 6-10, at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. 
  
With ever-increasing competition for recruiting and retaining the best employees, those who manage public power utilities must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to create and sustain an engaged and committed work force. The five-day Public Power Manager Certificate Program is aimed at a new generation of leaders, along with existing supervisors and managers. It will help them navigate a changing and complex industry. The course work consists of three classes and provides industry-specific training. The classes can be taken individually or as part of the certificate program. 

The program curriculum starts with a one-day Electric Utility Industry Overviewcourse, which provides a foundation of knowledge on utility operations, integrated resource planning and legislative and regulatory  issues facing the industry. The second course, Financial Planning and Budgeting: What Managers Need to Know, focuses on financial management, budgeting techniques, long-term financial planning methods, understanding various forms of electric rates and how to convey these items to utility policymakers. 

The new three-day leadership course, Strategic Leadership for Public Power, specifically tailored to public power utilities, teaches participants how to think strategically and manage complex issues and problems. This component of the program provides participants with an in-depth perspective on public power leadership—development of the individual leader, development of other potential leaders in the organization, and the leader’s role in guiding and developing the organization. This course will be led by John Miner, president of Collaborative Learning Inc.; Besty Aylin, executive and consultant with expertise in strategic and business planning, organizational change, leadership and management development; and Mike Renquist, organizational development consultant and trainer with Collaborative Learning, Inc. 

To earn a Public Power Manager certificate, participants must complete the three required courses and, within a year, successfully file a plan that addresses a chronic business issue, complex opportunity or change initiative using elements from the key leadership principles learned in class. The program was launched in 2009. To date, more than 60 public power professionals have completed the required course work and nearly 40 utility employees have graduated from the program. 

The program courses are offered only once a year although, as an alternative, they can be offered as in-house courses. In addition to the certificate program, the Spring Education Institute also features in-depth courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, financial planning, maintenance of high-voltage distribution systems, overhead distribution systems, public utility governance and the Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program classes. This event is co-sponsored by the Southern California Public Power Association.

For more information, visit www.APPAAcademy.org and click on Certificate Programs or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 orMRiley@PublicPower.org.

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