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APPA offers two certificate programs at Spring Education Institute in May

From the February 20, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 20, 2014

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
The APPA Spring Education Institute, to be held May 5-9 at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will feature two week-long certification programs on energy efficiency management and supervisory leadership. These programs are held once a year although, as an alternative, they can be offered as in-house courses. The classes can be taken individually or as part of the certificate programs. 

The Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program, which consists of six classes, will give participants a grounding in all aspects of energy efficiency program development, implementation, budgeting, marketing and management. To earn an Energy Efficiency Management Certificate, participants must complete the required course work and, within a year, pass an online exam and submit an energy efficiency program business plan. The program was launched in 2010 and nearly 150 public power professionals from across the nation have completed the required course work. More than 65 utility employees have graduated from the program. 

The newly updated Public Power Manager Certificate Program, made up of three classes, is designed to help mid- and upper-level managers and senior supervisors enhance their leadership skills. The program curriculum includes sessions on power supply (operations and integrated resource planning), financial planning and budgeting, and a new three-day leadership component, specifically tailored to public power utilities, on how to think strategically, build highly productive teams and help them navigate in a changing and complex industry. 

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 real utility issue, problem, change or opportunity using elements from the six key leadership principles learned in class. The program was launched in 2009. More than 100 public power professionals have completed the required course work and nearly 50 utility employees have graduated from the program. 

To encourage graduates to expand their knowledge and stay up to date on new developments, there is also a continuing education requirement for each program. In addition to the certificate programs, the Spring Education Institute features in-depth courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, conducting a utility financial check-up and analyzing and improving reliability with APPA’s eReliability Tracker software. Other topics are safety training using the APPA Safety Manual, accident investigation and near-miss reporting, personal protective grounding and a new course on Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations that apply to public power utilities. There is a $100 discount for those who attend multiple courses or who attend with a colleague and a $50 discount for registering before April 14. 

For more information, visit and click on "courses and workshops" or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 or


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