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APPA offers two certificate programs at the Spring Education Institute

From the February 20, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 20, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education

The APPA Spring Education Institute, May 6-10, at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., will feature two week-long certification programs on energy efficiency management and supervisory leadership. These programs are held once a year although, as an alternative, they can be offered as in-house courses. The classes can be taken individually or as part of the certificate programs. 

The Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program, which consists of six classes, will give participants a grounding in all aspects of energy efficiency program development, implementation, budgeting, marketing and management. To earn an Energy Efficiency Management Certificate, participants must complete the required course work and, within a year, pass an online exam and submit an energy efficiency program business plan. The program was launched in August 2010 and over 100 public power professionals from across the nation, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, have completed the required course work. Nearly 50 utility employees have graduated from the program. 

The newly updated Public Power Manager Certificate Program, made up of three classes, is designed to help mid- and upper-level managers and senior supervisors enhance their leadership skills. The program curriculum includes sessions on power supply (operations and integrated resource planning), financial planning and budgeting, and a new three-day leadership component, specifically tailored to public power utilities, on how to think strategically, identify your management style, anticipate challenges and build highly productive teams. 

To earn a Public Power Manager certificate, participants must complete the three required courses and, within a year, successfully file a plan that addresses a chronic business issue, complex opportunity or change initiative using elements from the six key leadership principles learned in class. The program was launched in 2009. More than 50 public power professionals from across the nation have completed the required course work and nearly 30 utility employees have graduated from the program. 

To encourage graduates to expand their knowledge and stay up-to-date on new developments, there is also a continuing education requirement for each program. In addition to the certificate programs, the Spring Education Institute features in-depth courses on accounting, financial planning, cost of service and rate design, maintenance of high-voltage electrical distribution systems, overhead distribution systems and a newly updated public utility governance workshop for policymakers. This event is co-sponsored by the Southern California Public Power Association. 

For more information, visit and click on "courses and workshops" or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919


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