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Public Power Manager Certificate Program (Hybrid!)

Part of the Fall Education Institute—offering a hybrid approach to completing the required curriculum. The Public Power Manager Certificate Program is designed to help leaders provide organizational direction as they navigate a changing and complex industry environment.

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Program Description

Join us for a unique hybrid approach to earning your Public Power Manager Certificate. Attend two virtual courses covering strategic challenges and financial planning for public power, followed by an interactive in-person course at the Fall Education Institute (in San Antonio). 

Courses are scheduled as follows:

  • Virtual: Strategic Challenges and Trends for Public Power, Sept. 27 
  • Virtual: Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Cost of Service Studies: What Managers Need to Know, Sept. 29 
  • In-person: Strategic Leadership for Public Power, Oct. 4-7
    • Limited to 35 attendees! 

Program Brochure

View the 2022 Public Power Manager Certificate Program brochure (coming soon!) 

Program Overview

With ever-increasing pressures and challenges on utilities from heightened customer expectations, changing regulations, technology advances, and a changing workforce, those who lead and manage public power utilities must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to create an effective and sustainable organization with engaged, skilled and committed employees. 

Participation in this highly interactive program—developed specifically for public power—will help leaders provide organizational direction as they navigate a changing and complex industry environment. 

Program Requirements

To earn this certificate, participants must complete all requirements within one year of attending their last course in the hybrid certificate program curriculum.

  1. Complete the required courses 
    • Strategic Challenges and Trends for Public Power (virtual)
    • Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Cost of Service Studies: What Managers Need to Know (virtual)
    • Strategic Leadership for Public Power (in-person)
      • Format/Attendance Cap: This course is highly interactive and requires participation through exercises, team problem solving, discussion and activities. Participants will be working with a learning partner on some activities and with small groups on the action-learning case studies Attendance is capped at 35 people for this in-person class. 
  2. Submit a post-course project
    • Address an important utility issue, problem, change or opportunity, applying principles from the six key leadership dimensions learned in class.
    • Participants will receive plan guidelines that outline what is expected.

Program Level

Basic/Intermediate: No prerequisites for the virtual courses, however participants will need to allocate 2 hours to complete the following advanced preparation for the in-person Strategic Leadership class:

  • Complete the DiSC Work of Leaders© profile to increase awareness of predominant leadership style and its impact on others.
  • Complete 3 leadership focused questionnaires and a brief learning plan. 

Details will be provided to attendees via email in late August.

Accreditation

Continuing education credits will be provided for each of the three required courses (click here to review requirements), and will be available by Oct. 21.

Instructors

betseyBetsy Aylin, Ph.D., is an executive and consultant with Collaborative Learning/Collaboration Unlimited in Austin, Texas. Betsy has broad expertise in leadership development, organization effectiveness and workforce planning. She has worked in an array of industries, including nearly 20 years with public utilities. Betsy has served as adjunct faculty for graduate level programs in the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas-Austin and in the Masters in Leadership and Ethics program at St. Edwards University in Austin.

tom black headshotM. Thomas Black, P.E., is a consultant and course instructor with Collaborative Learning/Collaboration Unlimited for the electric and gas utility industry. His extensive 30-year career includes both municipal and investor owned utilities across multiple jurisdictions (Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida), with executive level experience in managing electric and gas systems, including serving as chief energy officer and energy delivery general manager. Tom has also served on the boards of RMEL and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities.

dawn lund headshot Dawn Lund, is the vice president of Utility Financial Solutions, a consulting practice that specializes in financial planning, cost of service, and rate-setting for public power utilities. Dawn has over 25 years of experience in financial analysis for utility systems. She specializes in providing financial assessments, cost of service studies and financial plans for utilities throughout the country, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean. She teaches a variety of financial planning courses and regularly speaks at conference and industry events for APPA and other organizations across the nation.

john miner headshotR. John Miner, P.E., is an accomplished executive manager, educator and consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning/Collaboration Unlimited of Austin, Texas. John has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked as the Chief Operating Officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department (now Austin Energy), as General Manager for Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor at the University of Houston. He is also the author of the first three editions of APPA’s Electric Utility Basics manual.

Pricing*

 

Before Sept. 12

After Sept. 12

Members

$2,800

$2,950

Others

$5,600

$4,050

*The fee includes everything you need to participate in and graduate from the certificate program (registration for the 3 courses: virtual and in-person; program enrollment fee; materials; post-course project grading; and graduation plaque). 

See registration tab for more details and information on group discounts. 

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2923

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

Register Now! 

Registration Fees

 

Registration received on/before Sept. 12

Registration received after Sept. 12

  Members Others Members Others

Accounting

 

     
Public Utility Accounting, Oct. 3-4 $1,050 $2,100 $1,100  $2,150
Work Order & Asset Management Accounting, Oct. 5 $675 $1,350 $725 $1,400
Advanced Public Utility Accounting, Oct. 6-7 $1,050 $2,100 $1,100 $2,150
Accounting Bundle: 3 courses (save $300) $2,475 $5,250    

Financial Planning/Rate Design/Cost of Service

 

     
Basic Cost of Service & Key Financial Concepts, Oct. 3 $675 $1,350 $725 $1,400
Strategic Rate Design: Trends and Distributed Generation Impacts, Oct. 4 $675 $1,350 $725 $1,400
Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications, Oct. 5-6 $1,050 $2,100 $1,100 $2,150
COS/Rates Bundle: 3 courses (save $300) $2,100 $4,500    

Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program

 

     
Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program, Oct. 5-7 $2,000 $4,000 $2,050 $4,050

Public Power Manager Certificate Program

       
Public Power Manager Certificate Program* $2,800 $5,600 $2,950 $5,750
  • Strategic Challenges and Trends, Sept. 27 (virtual)
$350 $700 $400 $750
  • Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Cost of Service Studies: What Managers Need to Know, Sept. 29 (virtual)
$350 $700 $400 $750
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power, Oct. 4-8 (In-person) 
$1,900 $3,800 $1,950 $3,850

Overhead Distribution 

       
Overhead Distribution Principles & Applications, Aug. 23-31 (virtual) $1,250 $2,500 $1,300 $2,550
Best Practices in Overhead Line Design, Oct. 3-5 $1,650 $3,300 $1,700 $3,350
Overhead Distribution Bundle (save $200) $2,700 $5,600    
The New 2023 NESC        
2023 NESC Workshop, Oct. 6-7 (1.5 days) $875 $1,750 $925 $1,800

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

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 26, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 26 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by September 26 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]. 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.

Meals

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

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.

Name Badges

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

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: 202-467-2923; 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 Information

The 2022 Fall Education Institute will take place at the:

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Reservations

  • Phone: 210-222-1234
  • Group Rate: $235 (Single/Double) per night (plus State and Local Taxes)
  • Room Rate Cut-off Date: Sept. 12
  • Group Code: Coming soon! 
  • Online Reservation Link: Coming soon! 

Logistics

  • Check-in: 4 p.m.; Check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Valet Parking: Valet Parking $52/overnight; Self-Parking $40/overnight

Please note: It is possible that the block of rooms could sell out prior to Sept. 12, 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

Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi.

Location

All courses will be held in the Hyatt Regency San Antonio. The hotel is located about 10 miles from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT). 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.

​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 2 weeks to member profiles on the APPA website (for 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 added within 2 weeks to member profiles on the APPA website (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.

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.
  • Overhead Line Design Application Workshop: Participants are required to bring a laptop and a basic engineering calculator or app.  
  • 2023 NESC: Participants are required to bring a copy of the 2023 National Electric Safety Code® (ANSI C2-2023) to the course. Copies can be purchased from IEEE (www.ieee.org; 800/701-4333) or through APPA ([email protected]).

Class Start/End Times

 

Monday 
Oct. 3

Tuesday 
Oct. 4

Wednesday 
Oct. 5
Thursday 
Oct. 6
Friday 
Oct. 7

Accounting

 

       

Public Utility Accounting

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.      
Work Order & Asset Management Accounting     8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    
Advanced Public Utility Accounting       8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost of Service & 
Rate Design

 

       
Basic Cost of Service & Key Financial Concepts 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.        
Strategic Rate Design: Trends and Distributed Generation Impacts   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.      
Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications     8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Advanced Key Accounts

         

Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – Noon

Public Power Manager Certificate Program

         
Strategic Challenges & Trends for Public Power (virtual: Sept. 27)          
Financial Planning, Management and Cost of Service Studies (virtual: Sept. 29)           

Strategic Leadership for Public Power

  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. – Noon

Technical Training

         
Overhead Distribution Principles & Applications (virtual: Aug. 23-31)          

Best Practices in Overhead Line Design

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    

2023 NESC Workshop

      8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – Noon

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 26, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 26 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by September 26 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]. 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.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2022 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 2022 Fall Institute must agree to adhere to APPA’s safety protocols for the meeting, and all applicable state and local guidelines. 

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

Where and when are the next Education Institutes?

Spring Institute
May 8-12, 2023
Denver, Colorado

Questions?

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

Contact Us

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]