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:

Omaha, Nebraska

May 6-10, 2019

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Certificate Program (3 courses):

Members: $2,800
Nonmembers: $5,600

Check out the 2019 Public Power Manager Program Brochure [PDF]

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.

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 a Public Power Manager certificate, participants must complete the three required courses, then within a year of completing the program curriculum, complete a post-course project that applies principles from the six key leadership dimensions learned in class. Participants may choose to complete one of three project types.

To earn this certificate, participants must complete the following requirements within one year:

1. Complete the required courses

  • Electric Utility Industry Overview: Strategic Challenges & Trends - Monday, May 6
  • Financial Planning, Management, and Budgeting: What Managers Need to Know - Tuesday, May 7 (half day)
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power - Tuesday, May 7 - Friday, May 10
    • Focused on six key leadership areas: awareness, character, community, empowerment, service and sustainability

* Participants who can demonstrate advanced knowledge of the utility industry, through work experience or coursework, may opt-out of this course. Contact [email protected] for more information

2. Submit a post-course project that addresses 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.


Participants must complete the program requirements within one year of attending their first course in the certificate program curriculum.

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.

Mark Beauchamp, CPA, CMA, MBA, is president of Utility Financial Solutions, a consulting practice that specializes in financial planning, cost of service, and rate-setting for public power utilities. He has more than 33 years of experience in electric utility consulting and management. In his previous positions, Mark has assisted utilities with financial planning, cost of service, developing financial targets for utilities and competitive rate designs.

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

Members: $2,800

Nonmembers: $5,600

The enrollment fee includes the three courses, cost of study material, plan review and grading.

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 2019 Spring Education Institute, May 6-10, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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].