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Fall Education Institute

Providing in-depth, interactive training for public power professionals in a variety of key operational areas.
September 30 - October 4, 2024
Seattle, Washington


Join us in Seattle this September! The APPA Academy’s Fall Education Institute offers in-depth training courses for all skill levels. Institutes allow attendees to focus on a single topic or spend the week in multiple classes for more comprehensive, progressive training.

Classes are designed by instructors who have decades of industry experience and understand the needs of public power utilities. The Institute format also provides an excellent opportunity to network with industry peers and to earn continuing education credits.

Course Topics

The Education Institute features 8 in-depth courses on the following topics:

  • Basic and Advanced Accounting
  • Electric Work Order & Fixed Asset Accounting
  • Cost of Service and Retail Rate Design
  • Overhead Distribution Systems
  • Leadership Development

Visit the "Courses" page for more details.

Virtual, On-Demand, and In-house Training

Can’t attend the Fall Institute? Check out the APPA Academy’s upcoming virtual trainings, recorded on-demand offerings, or explore in-house training options (for groups).

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]
Hotel: [email protected]
Program/Content: [email protected]
Billing: [email protected]


The Fall Education Institute features in-depth courses in key operational areas. Courses can be taken individually or together for a discounted rate. Group pricing is also available.


Cost of Service & Rate Design

Technical Training

Leadership Development


Register Now!

Registration Assistance: Review these FAQs or contact [email protected]


Registration received before or on Aug. 30

Registration received after Aug. 30

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Accounting Bundle: 3 courses (save $300) $2,785 $5,870 $3,085 $6,170
  • Public Utility Accounting, September 30 - October 1
$1,195 $2,390 $1,295  $2,490
  • Electric Work Order & Fixed Asset Accounting, October 2
$695 $1,390 $795 $1,490
  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting, October 3-4
$1,195 $2,390 $1,295 $2,490

Cost of Service & Rate Design


COS/Rates Bundle: 3 courses (save $300) $2,285 $4,870 $2,585 $5,170
  • Basic Cost of Service & Key Financial Concepts, Sept. 30
$695 $1,390 $795 $1,490
  • Strategic Rate Design: Trends and Distributed Generation Impacts, Oct. 1
$695 $1,390 $795 $1,490
  • Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications, Oct. 2-3
$1,195 $2,390 $1,295 $2,490
Overhead Distribution (save $300 when you register for both classes)  
  • Overhead Distribution Systems Principles & Applications (virtual), September 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
$1,495 $2,990    
  • Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design, September 30 - October 3
$1,795 $3,590 $1,895 $3,690
Leadership Training/Certificate Program*        
Leadership Essentials Certificate Program, September 30 - October 3 $2,900 $5,800 $3,000 $5,900

*The enrollment fee includes everything you need to participate in and receive your certificate: registration for the in-person courses, program enrollment fee, materials, post-course project review, and graduation plaque.

Group Registration Discounts

Save money on each registration when your organization registers five or more people for the same class. The larger your group, the more you save! Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders. If you need assistance, contact [email protected]

Number of registrants Class Discount
(per person)
1-4 n/a
5-9 $50
10-14 $100
15-24 $150
25+ $200


Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 23, 2024, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Sept. 23 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by Sept. 23 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellation requests must be made through your my.publicpower portal or addressed to: [email protected]. If APPA cancels a course, you will receive a full refund. 

Travel Arrangements/Hotel Parking

Travel arrangements and costs associated with hotel parking are the responsibility of the participants. APPA will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Internet Access

Wi-Fi may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby) and will not be available in APPA meeting rooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. APPA will not provide a password for Wi-Fi.

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, APPA may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.



The 2024 Fall Education Institute will take place at:

Renaissance Seattle Hotel  
515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA  98104



  • Check-in: 3 pm; Check-out: 12 pm
  • Valet Parking: Valet Parking $63/overnight; Self-Parking $50/overnight

Please note: It is possible that the block of rooms could sell out prior to September 9, so make your hotel reservations early.

Reservations & Cancellations

Please contact the hotel directly to reserve and manage your reservation. If you need assistance making reservations, contact [email protected].

Internet Access

WiFi may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby) and will not be available in meet­ing rooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. APPA will not provide a password for WiFi.


All courses will be held in the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The hotel is about 14 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Please contact the hotel for transportation options.


Earn While You Learn!

Participate in APPA programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs).

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live virtual and in-person sessions—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion: In-person

  • Attendees must sign in each day, attend (and participate) in the entire course and complete an evaluation form at the end of class
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member and the instructor
  • Completion certificates will be added within 4 weeks to member profiles on the APPA website (for those who meet the requirements)

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs) - The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendees transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2921. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits: The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected].

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Bring

If you are enrolled in one of the following courses, please note the items to bring with you. If your course is not listed, you do not have to bring anything.

  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting: Bring a copy of your annual financial statement. Instructors will answer your questions on presentation and application of accounting policies and practices.
  • Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications: Participants are required to bring a laptop with Excel and PowerPoint, to work through in-class exercises.
  • Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design:
    • Participants are required to bring a laptop to work through in-class, line design application exercises and a basic engineering calculator or app.
    • NESC: Participants are requested to have a copy of the 2023 National Electric Safety Code® on hand to review during the course. Copies can be purchased from IEEE (www.ieee.org) and a copy can be shared among attendees who may be participating together in the same location

Class Start/End Times


Sept. 30

Oct. 1

Oct. 2
Oct. 3
Oct. 4




Public Utility Accounting

8:30 am – 4:30 pm 8:30 am – 4:30 pm      
Electric Work Order & Fixed Asset Accounting     8:30 am – 4:30 pm    
Advanced Public Utility Accounting       8:30 am – 4 pm 8 am – 3:30 pm

Cost of Service & 
Rate Design


Basic Cost of Service & Key Financial Concepts 8:30 am – 4:30 pm        
Strategic Rate Design: Trends and Distributed Generation Impacts   8:30 am – 4:30 pm      
Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications     8:30 am – 5 pm each day  

Technical Training


Overhead Distribution Systems Principles & Applications (Virtual)

September 4, 5, 10, 11, 12; Noon - 4 pm
Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design 8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day (Mon. - Thurs.)  
Leadership Training/Certificate Program    
Leadership Essentials Certificate Program 8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day (Mon. - Thurs.)  

Registration/Name Badges

Name badges can be picked up at the APPA registration desk at the hotel starting at 7:30 am.


A light breakfast, afternoon snack, and beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All other meals are on your own.

Dress Code

The attire for the Institute ranges from business casual to casual — whatever you're comfortable in. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

Where and when are the next Education Institutes?

2025 Spring Institute
May 5 - 9, 2025
Orlando, Florida


Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2977.

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

More Information

Contact us for more information and assistance: 

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]