Virtual Education and Training

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Stay on top of the trends and ahead of the curve with virtual education offerings from the APPA Academy. Programs range from online courses and virtual events that allow you to interact with other attendees, to on-demand resources that let you learn on your own schedule.

Virtual Meetings

All the breadth and depth of information and networking from an in-person meeting, from the comfort and safety of your home or office. These virtual events allow you to learn and interact with your peers in real time.

image of computer with calculator Accounting & Finance Virtual Summit
April 19 - 20
Join your colleagues to discuss the latest trends and issues in utility finance, rate design, and accounting with your peers while earning CPE credits. Hear from the experts, catch up with colleagues and friends, and get the latest on GASB updates, implications of federal legislation and regulations, ACH payments, public-private partnerships, climate bonds, and rating agency updates.
Virtual Meeting Virtual Public Communications Spring Issues Mini Roundtables
May 23 and June 6
Gathering communications leaders to discuss strategy development and the management, budgeting, and staffing of communications/marketing for public power systems.

Virtual Courses

Instructor-led courses let you take in-depth training through an interactive series of online classes, a downloadable workbook, and group discussions with your peers.

Advanced Public Utility Accounting
March 21 - 30 (four sessions)
This practical course examines the more complicated aspects of accounting theory and practice to inform planning and decision-making and help execute your day-to-day work more efficiently and effectively. Discuss how accounting principles and practices impact financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Learn about industry trends, new accounting standards, and strategies for ensuring future financial success.
Overview and Practical Applications of the 2023 APPA Safety Manual
May 16-18 (three sessions)
Learn the origins, organization and practical applications of the APPA Safety Manual, as well as the important changes effective with the 2023 edition (with special emphasis on Section 5: Electric Utility Operations). Participate in in-depth discussions of manual changes anticipated to require utility policy and procedure. Attendees will receive a complimentary digital copy of the 17th edition of the Safety Manual.
Community Solar Program and Subscription DesignFREE!
May 23-24 (two sessions)
Developed in partnership with the Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership (and designed around APPA’s Municipal Utility Community Solar Workbook), this course will help public power utilities learn about the various elements of community solar program design, as well as ownership options relevant to municipal utilities. Participants will begin developing a draft community solar plan for their utility by actively considering the relevance of each program design element in their utility context.


With minimal time commitments, webinars allow you to learn from the best without leaving your office. Hear from industry experts and ask questions during the live webinar. Looking to host a webinar on your product or service? Learn more about PublicPowerX webinars.

Lightbulb-Puzzle-Piece DEED Webinar: Resilient Power System Planning
March 29, 2023
Learn about Stowe Electric Department's DEED project "Resilient Power System Planning," which focuses on understanding how energyshed management systems affect day-to-day grid operations and peak load operations, as well as grid modernization.
Rates PublicPowerX Webinar: How to Educate and Inform Customers About High Bills and Energy Burden
May 16-18
Join Questline Digital to learn proven tools for educating customers about rising rates and how they can access assistance.


On-Demand Learning Resources

Hear from industry experts and grow your knowledge at a pace that works for you.


Check out our library of on-demand webinars, recorded events and courses. Each purchase includes access to the recording(s), as well as copies of the presentations or study guides.


The APPA Key Accounts Certificate Program is offered in-person, in-house, or through a self-paced online option. Completing the on-demand option allows you to work through the program requirements at your own pace. 

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Energy Efficiency Programs and Opportunities
2 Part On-Demand Training
Designed for utility staff and policymakers interested in learning about energy efficiency program design, design thinking concepts, and energy efficiency trends and best practices.


Latest Developments in Pole Attachments and Broadband Funding/Partnership Opportunities
3 Part On-Demand Training
Understand broadband partnerships and funding opportunities. Designed for lawyers, managers, engineers and representatives of public power utilities that own or control poles, ducts, conduits, towers, buildings, or other facilities that support wireline or wireless communications attachments and broadband funding applications. 

Public Power Forward Fundamentals
6 Part On-Demand Training
This on-demand training series is designed for utility staff and policymakers looking for a broader contextual understanding of distributed energy resources (DERs), electric vehicles (EVs), and energy storage technologies and how they will evolve and affect the power grid. Learn about the latest trends, challenges, and benefits related to these technologies.