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Agency Accreditation

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The purpose of the accreditation program is to provide a means of formally verifying and recognizing public works agencies for compliance with the recommended practices set forth in the Public Works Management Practices Manual. It is a voluntary, self-motivated approach to objectively evaluate, verify and recognize compliance with the recommended management practices.

 Purchase the Public Works Management Practices Manual, 10th Ed. and Self-Assessment Software from the APWA Store >

Begin the Journey

Interested in self-assessment, the first step in the Accreditation process? The Principles of Public Works Self-Assessment virtual workshop has been developed with a focus on understanding the practices and completing the self-assessment process using the manual and software.

Registration is open now!

The Virtual Principles of PW Self-Assessment Workshop
May 26, 2022, 12:30 p.m. CT

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Accreditation Open Forum Series

Join us for a series of free one-hour Open Forum discussions for Accredited agencies and agencies getting started or interested in the benefits of completing the self-assessment process. The panel discussions will offer insight into how other agencies managed their day-to-day operations to complete the self-assessment and achieve the Accreditation designation.

Registration is open now! Don’t miss this opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and learn why NOW is the time to get started on the accreditation journey.

Benefits of Accreditation & the Investment
June 14, 2022, 2:00 p.m. CT

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Accreditation Process

Agencies pursuing accreditation go through a five-phase process:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Application
  3. Improvement
  4. Evaluation
  5. Accreditation

 View the Accreditation Program Guidelines >

Every journey should have a map, and that includes self-assessment. Use the Accreditation Road Map to define your agency’s goals, confirm the desired outcome, and track the major steps or milestones needed to reach it.

 The Accreditation Road Map is also available as a poster!

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Benefits of Accreditation

  • Established agency-wide culture of continuous improvement
  • Improved operational performance
  • Team building and staff development
  • Succession planning/institutional knowledge retention
  • Central location for documentation and SOPs
  • Increased efficiencies/reduced duplication and wasted resources
  • Improved communication
  • Justification for budget requests
  • Lowering of insurance premiums
  • Reduced liability


APWA congratulates the following agencies for their commitment to continuous improvement as they achieved Accreditation status.

Name of Agency

Date Accredited

Charleston County, SC Public Works Department  Re-Accredited
March 29, 2022
City of Virginia Beach, VA Department of Public Works   Re-Accredited
March 25, 2022

Arapahoe County, CO Public Works and Development Department  Re-Accredited
March 14, 2022
City of Edmond, OK Public Works Department  Re-Accredited
March 8, 2022
City of Raymore, MO Public Works Department   Re-Accredited
February 17, 2022
City of Atlanta, GA Department of Transportation  Accredited
February 14, 2022
City of Atlanta, GA Department of Public Works  Re-Accredited
February 14, 2022
City of Des Moines, IA Department of Public Works   Accredited
  January 31, 2022

City of Houston, TX Public Works Department   Re-Accredited
January 21, 2022

Town of Bloomfield, CT Public Works Department Re-Accredited
December 23, 2021
City of Olathe, KS Department of Infrastructure   Re-Accredited
December 22, 2021
Town of Little Elm, TX Public Works Department   Re-Accredited
December 21, 2021
City of Grove City, OH Public Services Department  Accredited
  December 13, 2021

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