Public Works Institute

Public Works Institute

The Public Works Institute (PWI) sponsored by the Kansas City Metro APWA Chapter is one of 19 across North America approved by the American Public Works Association (APWA).  This approval specifies that the PWI must present at least 90 hours of training from 11 core areas.  These core areas, as defined by APWA, are:

  • Supervisory Techniques and Skills
  • Basic Management Skills
  • Communications Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Community Service/Customer Orientation Skills
  • Impact of Law on Public Works
  • Fundamentals of Government
  • Finance
  • Overview of Public Works Operations
  • Creating the Future
  • Resource Management Skills

The KC Metro Chapter’s PWI is based on the fact that often times deserving public works personnel are promoted into supervision and management positions on the basis of their technical skills without proper exposure to or training in the supervision, management and leadership skills necessary to be effective in their new positions.  These skills include budgeting and finance, record keeping, personnel administration, including motivation, delegation, empowerment, corrective and disciplinary actions, workplace ethics, and other “soft” skills such as report writing, public speaking, team development and resource management.

Our PWI is presented in four modules:

  • Public Works Supervision Essentials
  • Public Works Supervision Skills
  • Public Works Management Fundamentals
  • Public Works Leadership Skills

over a two-year period with one module presented each April and one module presented in October.  By direction of the chapter’s executive committee, the PWI’s are presented at a comprehension level consistent with public works supervisors.

Presentations are provided by regional public works directors and managers and other subject matter experts hand chosen for their knowledge of the subject and their skill at presenting to audiences.

Registration is performed on the chapter’s website during the months (March and September) preceding the PWI modules.  Registration is $250 per module and includes the 3 days of training, a workbook containing a print of all presentations, access to and use of the presentations electronically, an APWA attendance certificate, a full hot lunch each day as well as beverages and snacks throughout the three days.  In addition, the chapter has recognized each year’s graduates at their annual holiday party each December

The KC Metro Chapter’s PWI is directed by Past APWA National and Chapter President Larry Frevert, PE (Ret.), PWLF.  Inquiries regarding the Chapter's Institute can be directed to Larry @ or 816.582.9236.

The following is a photo of the PWI attendees at the October 2019 module – Public Works Leadership Skills:

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