Institute

Fall Education Institute

Providing in-depth, interactive training for public power professionals in a wide range of disciplines.
October 4 - 8, 2021
Seattle, Washington

Learn Together, Grow Together

Join us as we return to face-to-face meetings! The APPA Academy’s Education Institutes offer 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 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.

Courses

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  • Accounting 
  • Cost of Service Workshop
  • Financial Planning & Rate Design 
  • Overhead Distribution Systems
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power

Certificate Program

PDF Brochures

More information

Registration
Phone: 202-467-2978; Email: [email protected]

Hotel 
Phone: 202-467-2941; Email: [email protected]

Schedule/Content/Accreditation 
Phone: 202-467-2997; Email: [email protected]

Billing
Phone: 202-467-2967; Email: [email protected]

Courses

The Fall Education Institute features courses in four key operational areas. All classes can be taken individually.

Fall Institute 2021 Courses Grid

Accounting 

Financial Planning, Rate Design & Cost of Service

Technical Training

Public Power Manager Certificate Program 

Hybrid Format!

Classes can be taken individually or together as part of the certificate program. 

 

Accreditation

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
  • Certificates will be emailed out within 2 weeks of the class, to those who meet the requirements

Requirements for Successful Completion: Virtual

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of the live virtual session and complete an online evaluation at the end.
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be emailed out within 2 weeks of the class (for those who meet the requirements). 
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within a week), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days.

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 attendee 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.

Registration Information

Email [email protected] for assistance

REGISTER FOR THE FALL INSTITUTE

Registration Fees

 

Registration received on/before Sept. 13

Registration received after Sept. 13

  Members Others Members Others

Accounting

 

     
Public Utility Accounting, Oct. 4-5 $1,050 $2,100 $1,100 $2,150
Advanced Public Utility Accounting – Oct. 6-7 $1,050 $2,100 $1,100 $2,150

Financial Planning/Rate Design/Cost of Service

 

     
Financial Planning and Future Rate Design Strategies, Oct. 4-5 $1,050 $2,100 $1,100 $2,150
Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications, Oct. 6-7 $1,050 $2,100 $1,100 $2,150

Public Power Manager Certificate Program

 

     
Public Power Manager Certificate Program, Oct. 5-8* $2,800 $5,600 $2,950 $5,750
  • Strategic Challenges and Trends, Sept. 21 (virtual)
$350 $700 $400 $750
  • Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Performance, Sept. 28 (virtual)
$350 $700 $400 $750
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power, Oct. 5-8
$1,900 $3,800 $1,950 $3,850
  • Public Power Management Certificate Program Enrollment Fee**
$350 $350 $350 $350

Technical Training

       
  • Overhead Distribution Principles and Applications, October 4-6
$1,650 $3,300 $1,700 $3,350

*Includes all required courses and the program enrollment fee—everything you need to participate in and graduate from the certificate program.

**The program enrollment fee covers the cost of study material, review of the post-course project, and graduation plaque. This fee is included in the program package price.

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! Contact [email protected] for assistance. 

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

Course Materials

Attendees will get access to digital copies of the course materials through APPA’s secure document portal. Printed copies are also available on request and can be picked up on-site in Seattle. You’ll receive an email asking for your preference on print and/or digital materials as we get closer to the event. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Travel Arrangements

Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the participants (including hotel parking, WiFi, incidentals, etc.). APPA will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Meals

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

Internet Access

WiFi 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 WiFi.

Name Badges

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

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 27, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 27 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by September 27 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected]

Code of Conduct

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

More information

Registration
Phone: 202-467-2978; Email: [email protected]

Hotel 
Phone: 202-467-2941; Email: [email protected]

Schedule/Content/Accreditation 
Phone: 202-467-2997; Email: [email protected]

Billing
Phone: 202-467-2967; Email: [email protected]

Hotel

Hotel Information
The 2021 Fall Education Institute will take place at the:

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St
Seattle, Washington 98104

  • APPA Room Rate: $239 (Single/Double) per night (plus 15.6% tax)
  • Room Rate Cut-off Date: Sept. 13
  • Group Code: APPA Institute 

Reservations

  • Phone: 206-583-0300
  • Group Rate: $239 (Single/Double) per night (plus 15.6% tax)
  • Room Rate Cut-off Date: September 13
  • Group Code: APPA Institute 
  • Online Reservation Link: Book Your Reservation

Logistics

  • Check-in: 4 p.m.; Check-out: Noon
  • Valet Parking: $57/day; Self Park: $45/day

Please note: It is possible that the block of rooms could sell out prior to September 13, 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. The Association will not provide a password for WiFi.

Location

All courses will be held in the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The hotel is located about 15 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Please contact the hotel for transportation options.

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.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2021 Fall Institute is our top priority. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are applying lessons learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment. We are relying on everyone to do their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe during the conference.

All participants in the 2021 Fall Institute must agree to adhere to APPA’s safety protocols for the meeting, and all applicable state and local guidelines. These protocols may include wearing a mask at all times in public areas; engaging in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices; submitting to daily health screenings and temperature checks; and not attending the conference if you are ill, actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Safety protocols will be updated as the situation evolves and will be communicated to all participants before the event.

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.
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power: Participants are required to complete some pre-coursework and bring the following items to class (details will be emailed in advance of the class):
    • Copies of your ACCESS Leadership Questionnaires
    • Completed pre-course learning plan

Class Start/End Times

All classes will begin at 8:30 with the following exceptions:

  • Public Utility Accounting will begin at 8:30 on Monday, and 8 a.m. on Tuesday
  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting will begin at 8:30 on Thursday, and 8 a.m. on Friday
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power will start at 8 a.m. each day.

Registration/Name Badges

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

Meals

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

Hotel & Location

Click here for hotel and location information.

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.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 27, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 27 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by September 27 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. 

Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected]

Where and when are the next Education Institutes?

  • Spring Institute 
    April 25-29, 2022
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
     
  • Fall Institute 
    Oct. 3-7, 2022
    San Antonio, Texas

Questions?

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