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APPA offers Public Power Manager Certificate Program in Myrtle Beach in May

From the March 20, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 20, 2014

APPA will offer its recently updated Public Power Manager Certificate Program courses at the association's Spring Education Institute, May 5-9, at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 
With ever-increasing pressures and challenges on utilities from heightened customer expectations, changing regulations, technology advances and competition for recruiting and retaining the best employees, those who lead and manage public power utilities must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to create and sustain an effective organization with an engaged and committed workforce. 

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 and provide organizational direction in 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 updated 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 by focusing on the development of the individual leader and the leader’s role in guiding and developing their organization and its workforce. This course will be led by John Miner, president of Collaborative Learning Inc., and Betsy Aylin, executive and consultant with expertise in strategic and business planning, organizational change, leadership and management development, also with Collaborative Learning, Inc. 

To earn a Public Power Manager certificate, participants must complete the three required courses and, within a year, submit a post-course project that addresses a real business issue, problem, change or opportunity at the participant’s organization, applying principles from the six key leadership dimensions learned in class. The program was launched in 2009. To date, more than 100 public power professionals from across the nation have completed the required course work and nearly 50 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 17 other in-depth courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, performing a utility financial check-up, a new track of reliability and safety training courses, and the Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program classes. 

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


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