Public Power Manager Certificate Program

The Public Power Manager Certificate Program is designed to help a leaders provide organizational direction as they navigate a changing and complex industry environment.

Location Dates Schedule Registration

Spring Institute:

Columbus, Ohio


Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8 a.m. - Noon

Certificate Program (3 courses):

Members: $2,900
Nonmembers: $5,800

Program Description

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. The Public Power Manager Certificate Program is designed for a new generation of leaders as well as existing supervisors and managers. It will help these leaders provide organizational direction as they navigate a changing and complex industry environment.

Program Brochure

Check out the 2019 Public Power Manager Program Brochure.  The 2020 version will be available soon.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for mid-level public power managers and supervisors interested in improving their management, communications, leadership knowledge and skills. New senior managers, and those with experience, who wish to refresh or enhance their knowledge and skills by participating in a highly interactive program that has been developed specifically for public power, will also benefit from this program.

Program Requirements

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

1. Complete the required courses 

  • Strategic Challenges and Trends for Public Power - Monday (morning)
  • Financial Planning, Management, and Budgeting: What Managers Need to Know - Monday (half day)
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power - Focused on six key leadership areas: awareness, character, community, empowerment, service and sustainability - Tuesday to Friday (3.5 days)

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 begin work on the project in class and receive plan guidelines that outline what is expected.

Optional Project

Participate in a 360º Access Leadership Assessment and receive a one-on-one coaching session to interpret the results.

  • The instrument is available online for easy access and completion.
  • Those who sign up for this option will provide the course facilitators with five to eight names of people in their organization who have committed to providing timely feedback.
  • The assessment will be conducted prior to the course instruction and feedback will be given in written form and in two, hour-long, one-on-one consultations with one of the course leaders.

About the Instructors

Betsy 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.

Dawn Lund, is the vice president of Utility Financial Solutions and has 20 years of experience in financial analysis for utility systems. She provides financial assessment, cost of service studies and financial plans for utilities throughout the country, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean and teaches a variety of financial planning courses for the American Public Power Association.

R. John Miner, P.E., is an executive manager, educator and consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc./Collaboration Unlimited of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and 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 for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor at the University of Houston.

Mike Renquist D.Min., is an organizational development consultant and trainer with Collaborative Learning/Collaboration Unlimited in Austin, Texas. He has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of sectors and has trained more than 150 organizations nationwide. He has designed and implemented programs on process re-engineering, managerial and leadership development, and employee performance assessment and improvement. For 11 years, he was adjunct faculty for the Business Leadership Center at the Cox Business School.

Enrollment Fees*

Early Rate: $2,900
Standard Rate: $3,050

Early Rate: $5,800
Standard Rate: $5,950

The enrollment fee includes the three courses, cost of study material and review of the post course project.

How Can I Participate?

Attend an Education Institute

The Public Power Manager Certificate Program classes are held once a year, in conjunction with one of our seasonal education institutes (winter, spring or fall), and they provide a great opportunity to network with industry peers from across the nation.

The next offering will be in conjunction with our 2020 Spring Education Institute, May 4-8, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio

Let Us Come To You!

We can bring our courses to your location at any time—a convenient and cost-effective option for groups of eight or more. This format also allows you to customize course content to address the specific goals that are important to your organization. Check out In-house training options.

Pool Your Resources

Partner with neighboring public power utilities, state and regional associations, or joint action agencies to bring the training to your area. This is a great way to share costs and to secure a location that is within driving distance (ideal for utilities facing strict travel guidelines or joint action agencies looking to add services to their members).

For more information, contact the Education Department at 202-467-2921 or [email protected].