About the Institute

Save $100 when you attend more than one course!

APPA Fall Education Institute
October 2-6, 2017
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, S.C.

The American Public Power Association Academy’s seasonal 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 specific needs of public power utilities. The Institute format also provides an excellent opportunity to network with industry peers and earn continuing education credits.

Course Information
The Fall Education Institute features 14 in-depth courses on the following topics:

  • Accounting
  • Key Accounts NEW CONTENT!
  • Electric Utility 101
  • Executive Leadership Training
  • Overhead Distribution Systems
  • Distribution System Economics NEW!
  • Work Order & Asset Management 
  • Cost of Service and Retail Rate Design NEW!

Meeting Information


Cost of Service and Rate Design - New!

Key Accounts Certificate Program

Technical Training

Click here to learn more about the technical training courses [PDF brochure].

Executive Leadership

Click here to learn more about the Leadership Workshop [PDF brochure].

More Information

Registration / Hotel / Program / Billing Questions
If you have questions about the meeting, please contact any of the staff listed below:

Registration Information – registration team:
Phone: 202/467-2941; Fax: 202/495-7505; Email: Registration@PublicPower.org

Hotel Information – meeting services team:
Phone: 202/467-2941; Fax: 202/495-7505; Email: Meetings@PublicPower.org

Program/Content Information – education team:
Phone: 202/467-2919; Email: EducationInfo@PublicPower.org

Billing Information – accounting and finance team:
Phone: 202/467-2967; Fax: 202/495-7467; Email: Finance@PublicPower.org


n Fees
Beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All meals are on your own.

  Registration received on/before Sept. 11
Registration received after Sept. 11
  Members Others Members Others
Public Utility Accounting - Oct. 2-3 $845 $1,690 $895 $1,740
Work Order & Asset Management - Oct. 4 $545 $1,090 $595 $1,140
Public Utility Accounting - Oct. 5-6 $845 $1,690 $895 $1,740
Cost of Service & Rate Design    
Basic Cost of Service - Oct. 2 $545 $1,090 $595 $1,140
Intermediate Cost of Service - Oct. 3-4 $845 $1,690 $895 $1,740
Advanced Cost of Service - Oct. 5-6 (1.5 days) $745 $1,490 $795 $1,540
Key Accounts Certificate Program    
Key Accounts Certificate Program - Oct. 2-6 (4 classes)** $2,200   $4,400  $2,450 $4,850 
  • Electric Utility Industry Overview - Oct. 2*
$545 $1,090 $595 $1,140
  • Implementing a KA Program - Oct. 3
$545 $1,090 $595 $1,140
  • Developing Your KA Rep - Oct. 4
$545 $1,090 $595 $1,140
  • The Effective KA Toolbox - Oct. 5
$545 $1,090 $595 $1,140
  • Dev. Your Cust. Action Plan - Oct. 6
$325 $650 $375 $700
  • KA Certificate Program***
$350 $350 $350 $350

Technical Training

Distribution System Economics - Oct. 2 $545 $1,090 $595 $1,140
Overhead Distribution Systems - Oct. 3-6 (3.5 days) $1,245 $2,490 $1,295 $2,540

Executive Leadership

Public Power Leadership Workshop - Oct. 4-6 (2.5 days) $745 $1,490 $795 $1,540

*Participants who can demonstrate knowledge of the utility industry, through work experience or coursework, may opt-out of this course. Contact
EducationInfo@PublicPower.org for more information.

**Certificate program pricing includes registration for all five courses and the program enrollment fee—everything you need to attend and graduate from the program.

***The program enrollment fee covers the cost of study material, exam grading, and review of the post-course projects. This fee is included in the $2,200 certificate program price.

Registration Fee Discounts

  • Save $50 when you register before the early registration deadline.
  • Save $100 when you attend more than one course.*

*Please note: This discount does not apply to the Key Accounts Certificate Program, as it is already discounted.


The Public Power Leadership Workshop and Fall Education Institute events will all take place at the:

Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

  • Main telephone: 843/722-0600
  • Group Rate: $199 Single/Double (plus 13.5% tax)
  • Check in: 4 p.m. / Check out: Noon
  • Parking fee: $22 (plus tax); valet only parking


Travel Arrangements
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. Click here for information on hotel parking.

Beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All meals are on your own.

Complimentary WiFi will only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby), though not in the meeting rooms. Please plan to use cellular data on your device, or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. APPA will not have a password for the conference room WiFi. 

The hotel is located 12 miles from the Charleston International Airport (CHS). Airport shuttles, taxis and rental cars are the most popular ways of getting to/from the airport. Please contact the hotel for transportation options.

Meticulously restored in 1996 with a $12 million National Trust for Historic Preservation award winning restoration, the Francis Marion Hotel now combines 1920’s style and grace with 21st Century comfort and convenience in the heart of historic Charleston on Marion Square. Rising 12 stories, many of the Hotel’s 235 guestrooms and suites offer spectacular views of Charleston’s historic harbor, church steeples and legendary King Street. The Francis Marion Hotel, with its central downtown location, is an easy walk to the antebellum homes, magnificent gardens, antique shops and boutiques, and world-class restaurants.

Need Assistance?
If you require assistance with hotel/travel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202/467-2941 or Meetings@PublicPower.org.