Public Power Manager Certificate Program

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 Public Power Manager Certificate Program is aimed at both a new generation of leaders as well as existing supervisors and managers. It will help them navigate and provide organizational direction in a changing and complex industry.

To earn a Public Power Manager (PPM) certificate, participants must complete the three required courses.  Then, within a year of completing the program curriculum, each participant must complete a plan that outlines an issue, challenge or opportunity within his/her organization and how to work through it by applying the six key leadership principles and methods learned in class. 

To maintain certification, participants must complete 20 hours of additional approved continuing education training (not limited to APPA offerings) every two years.

This program is designed for mid and upper-level public power managers and senior supervisors interested in improving their management communications and leadership skills.

To earn this certificate, participants must complete the following requirements within one year:

1. Complete the required courses

* Participants who can demonstrate advanced knowledge of the utility industry, through work experience or coursework, may opt-out of this course. Contact for more information.

2. Submit a plan that addresses a chronic business issue, complex opportunity or change initiative using elements from the six key leadership principles learned in class.

Upon completion of the coursework, the participant must:

  • Submit a plan that addresses a chronic business issue, complex opportunity or change initiative using elements from the six key leadership principles learned in class.
    • Participants will begin work on the project in class and receive plan guidelines that outline what is expected.


  • Participate in a 360º Access Leadership Assessment and receive a one-on-one coaching session to interpret the results.
    • The instrument is available online for easy access and completion.
    • Those who sign up for this option will provide the course facilitators with five to eight names of people in their organization who have committed to providing timely feedback.
    • The assessment will be conducted prior to the course instruction and feedback will be given in a one-hour one-on-one session with John Miner.
  • There is an additional fee of $250 to participate in the assessment, which covers the cost of the survey and the resulting report. In addition to being a valuable learning tool, the time spent completing this exercise satisfies the certificate program’s continuing education requirement.

Participants must complete the program requirements within one year of attending their first course in the certificate program curriculum.


Betsy Aylin, Ph.D., is an executive and consultant with expertise in organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She has worked a broad array of industries, including more than 25 years of with utilities. She works with organizations on strategic and business planning, organizational change, leadership and management development, and building human resource capabilities. She specializes in helping leaders set direction, build strong work teams and drive results. Dr. Aylin has served as an adjunct faculty member for a graduate level program in the College of Business at the University of Texas-Austin and in the Masters in Leadership and Ethics program at St. Edwards University in Austin.

Wallace Barron has 40 years of experience in the electric energy industry. He is president of the Atlanta-based consulting firm, Barron & Associates, Corporate Solutions, LLC, which serves the energy industry in the areas of management consulting, strategic planning, marketing, customer service, key accounts and competitive issues. He previously worked as vice president of marketing, customer service and distribution technology at Florida Power Corp. His responsibilities have included key accounts, competitive marketing, market research, customer service, economic development, demand-side management, load management, load research and distribution engineering. He has also served as an expert witness on many of these topics.

Mark Beauchamp, CPA, CMA, MBA, is president of Utility Financial Solutions, a consulting practice that specializes in financial planning, cost of service, and rate-setting for public power utilities. He has more than 28 years of experience in electric utility consulting and management. In his previous positions, he has worked with utilities on financial planning, cost of service, developing financial targets and competitive rate designs. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences and has taught a variety of courses for APPA. He holds degrees in water purification technology, accounting and a master’s degree in business.

R. John Miner, P.E., is an executive manager, educator and consultant with more than 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years. Before forming his own company, he served as chief operating officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, as general manager of Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor on the faculty of the University of Houston’s College of Technology. He has delivered management and technical education programs for organizations throughout the U.S. and in six overseas locations.

Mike Renquist is an organizational development consultant and trainer with Collaboration Unlimited in San Antonio, Texas. He has more than 25 years of experience both in the private and not-for-profit sectors and has trained more than 150 organizations nationwide.He specializes in analyzing communications for process improvement, change management and merger integration and has a unique mastery in understanding human behaviors. He has designed and implemented programs throughout the country on process re-engineering, managerial and leadership development, performance assessment, project management, and transitional management. For 11 years, he was an adjunct faculty member for the Business Leadership Center at the Cox Business School. He is the author of more than 30 training curricula and published a book on personal and professional identity and ethics. 


APPA Members
Early Registration Date - $2,100
Late Registration Date - $2,350

Early Registration Date - $3,100
Late Registration Date - $3,350

The enrollment fee includes the three courses, cost of study material, plan review and grading.


Attend an APPA Education Institute
The Public Power Manager Certificate Program classes are held once a year, in conjunction with one of our seasonal education institutes (winter, spring or fall), and they provide a great opportunity to network with industry peers from across the nation.

2015 Schedule
The next offering will be in conjunction with our Winter Education Institute.

Feb. 8-12, 2016
Kissimmee, Florida

Let Us Come To You!
We can bring our courses to your location at any time—a convenient and cost-effective option for groups of eight or more. This format also allows you to customize course content to address the specific goals that are important to your organization.

Pool Your Resources
Partner with neighboring public power utilities, state and regional associations, or joint action agencies to bring the training to your area. This is a great way to share costs and to secure a location that is within driving distance (ideal for utilities facing strict travel guidelines or joint action agencies looking to add services to their members).

For more information, contact Heidi Lambert at 202/467-2921 or

Those who wish to maintain their designation must complete 20 hours of additional approved continuing education training (not limited to APPA offerings) every two years. APPA will accept hours earned through participation in the 360º Leadership Feedback Assessment, conferences and live or on line courses that participants have attended or instructed. Candidates should submit via e-mail ( the following information for each event by Dec. 31 in the year that their 20 hours are due:

  • Sponsoring Organization
  • Name of the Event
  • Where It Was Held
  • Dates It Took Place
  • Number of Hours

Contact Heidi Lambert, APPA’s Education Manager, at 202/467-2921 or