Public Power Manager Certificate Program

Pre-course work to be completed by April 24th
May 4 - 8, 2020

Pre-Course Reading and Assignments

Review prior to coming to class:

Read a letter from the instructors, which contains important information and the following pre-course assignments [all in PDF format]:

  1. Complete an Access Leadership Questionnaire. To be completed by you and your supervisor—bring both copies to class: 
  2. Complete and submit a personal values assessment. Email a copy of the report you received to [email protected] by Friday, April 24.
  3. Complete and submit the DiSC Work of Leaders Profile. You’ll receive a separate emailed invitation to complete this. Email [email protected] if you do not receive this.
  4. Complete a Pre-Course Learning Plan. Bring two completed copies with you to class.
  5. Read the following materials prior to coming to class:
  6. Review the post-course project information prior to class (also outlined below in Project Development).


If you have any questions for the instructors, please contact: [email protected][email protected]

Speaker Presentations

Not available for download, though hard copies will be provided in class:

  • Course 1: Strategic Trends and Challenges for Public Power
  • Course 2: Financial Planning, Management and Budgeting: What Managers Need to Know 
  • Course 3: Strategic Leadership for Public Power

Additional Reading

Certificate Completion Requirements

Project Development

Upon successful completion of the courses, you have an opportunity to earn the Public Power Manager Certificate.

  1. First, you’ll submit a project proposal to the Academy (see project guidelines document for more information). Send project proposals to [email protected]. Proposals are requested by June 30th, if possible.  
  2. After receiving feedback on your proposal, you can begin work on your final project.
  3. Submit your final project to the Academy ([email protected]). While you have one year to submit your final project, we recommend submitting it by Aug. 30, if possible. Graduates are recognized each year at the Association’s National Conference.

Project Options

There are three ways to complete your post-course project. Details of the project options are outlined below, as well as in the Post-Course Project Information Document.

  1. Leadership Demonstration Project: The project should be one that will bring value to your organization, and is either assigned to you by your manager (or governing board) or is otherwise within your normal area of responsibility and authority to implement but requires more than your normal day-to-day work. You will be asked to create a project plan, carry out that plan, and assess and report on the project results.
  2. Leadership Research White Paper: Research and develop a “white paper” report that explores in more depth one of the ACCESS dimensions covered in the course or an issue that is important to your organization at this time. The paper should include original research on the leadership or organizational topic selected, as well as a description of its applicability to the organization at this time. The paper should include: 1) a statement of the topic or issue being researched and why it is relevant at this time, 2) key research findings relevant to the topic, 3) questions raised by the research including gaps in knowledge, and 4) a discussion of the applicability of the findings to the organization including any ways the research will be put into use. A reference list or bibliography must be included and It is expected that the final white paper would be 10 to 15 pages in length.
  3. Personal Leadership Reflection and Statement: will create a descriptive statement that summarizes their personal philosophy or credo of leadership--purpose, driving values, and aims that underlie their leadership practice based and will discuss its application to in  their current role and organization. The narrative will include, at a minimum, 1) statement of leadership philosophy (purpose, values, aims), 2) reflection on how their current leadership practice aligns with or differs from their philosophy, 3) a self-assessment of the strengths, challenges and opportunities relative to their practice (may include feedback from others), and 5) ways in which they want to develop themselves as a leader including through mentoring and coaching within the organization. It may include ways in which the leader’s philosophy and values align with or differ from the culture of the organization. 

Post Course Webinar Series

Attendees are encouraged to enroll in a four-webinar series to further enhance their personal and professional leadership development, provide a reflection opportunity for individual and group learning, and support the design and completion of the PPMCP project noted above. These events are designed with the same interactive approach used in the leadership course, providing relevant utility-oriented information, enhanced leadership content, and an opportunity for peer-based learning and problem solving.

  • Webinars are 90 minutes and will be led by two instructors from the Strategic Leadership course
  • They will be held on a quarterly basis after the coursework is completed
  • There is an additional fee of $295 to participate in this series.

Click here for more details or contact John Miner ([email protected]) to sign up.

Additional Reference Materials

As part of APPA's Public Power Manager Certificate Program, you also get access to our 5-webinar Electric Utility Industry Overview series. These are just reference items and you're not required to watch them ahead of the in-person training. 

To listen to recordings: Click here to access the following items: 

  1. Background information on the series (webinar descriptions)
  2. PDF study guides for each webinar
  3. Webinar Recordings: 
    • Exploring Electric Utility Regulations and Business Models
    • Understanding the Generation & Transmission Grid
    • Operating a Local Public Power System
    • Managing a Public Power Utility Enterprise
    • Keeping Pace with Utility Trends and Technologies

   Please contact [email protected] or 202/467-2997 if you have questions, or need
   assistance accessing the webinars. 


Email [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.