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Registration deadlines approaching for APPA Public Power Leadership Workshop, Fall Education Institute

From the September 10, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 10, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
Sept.16 is the last day for early bird registrations for courses at the APPA Fall Education Institute and the Public Power Leadership Workshop. Early registrants can save $50 on fees. There is an additional $100 discount for those who attend more than one course or who attend with a colleague. 

The APPA Fall Institute and Public Power Leadership Workshop will be held the week of Oct. 7 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, Texas. 

The Fall Institute features 16 in-depth training courses on the following topics: 
•    Accounting, 
•    Key accounts, 
•    Safety training, 
•    Executive leadership, 
•    Conducting a financial check-up, and 
•    Cost of service and retail rate design. 

The institute includes a week-long certificate program tailored to key accounts personnel. The program was launched in 2002 and, to date, more than 200 public power professionals from across the nation have completed the required coursework and more than 100 have graduated from the program. To earn a "Key Public Power Account Executive" certificate, participants must complete the required coursework and, within two years, pass an online exam and successfully file a key accounts business plan and customer marketing plan with APPA. 
The Key Accounts Certificate Program consists of four classes: 
•    Electric Utility Industry Overview 
•    Implementing a Customer-Focused Key Accounts Program  
•    Developing Your Key Accounts Representative 
•    The Effective Key Accounts Toolbox 

For personnel involved in safety within transmission and distribution systems, a new track of safety training will be offered at the Institute: 
•    Overview and Practical Applications of the APPA Safety Manual 
•    Establishing a Safety Culture at Your Utility 
•    Accident Investigation and Near Miss Reporting 
•    Practical Field Application of the 2012 National Electrical Safety Code 

Also in conjunction with the Fall Institute, APPA is holding its ninth annual Public Power Leadership Workshop, Oct. 9-11. The program is designed for general managers and CEOs (particularly those new to their jobs) as well as senior managers and those on track for executive leadership positions. The workshop brings together thinkers and practitioners to address the skills, knowledge and techniques public power leaders need to guide their organizations and governing boards. 

Attendees also can earn credits toward their professional certifications by attending these events. APPA offers continuing education units, professional development hours and continuing professional education credits for participating in courses. These events are co-sponsored by the Texas Public Power Association. 

For more information, visit under "Courses and Workshops" or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 or


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