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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.

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Begin the Journey

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

The Principles of PW Self-Assessment Workshop at PWX
Saturday, August 27, 2022
8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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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

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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

Announcements

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

Recently Accredited

City of Covington, GA Public Works Department 
Town of Bedford, NH Department of Public Works 
Beaufort County, SC Public Works Department 
City of Fishers, IN Department of Public Works 
Hillsborough County, FL Department of Public Works 
Hillsborough County, FL Department of Fleet Management 
Hillsborough County, FL Facilities Management & Real Estate Services 
Hillsborough County, FL Department of Solid Waste 
City of Topeka, KS Public Works Department and Utilities Department 
City of Gainesville, FL Department of Public Works 
Coconino County, AZ Department of Public Works 
Charleston County, SC Public Works Department 
City of Virginia Beach, VA Department of Public Works 
Arapahoe County, CO Public Works and Development Department
City of Edmond, OK Public Works Department 
City of Raymore, MO Public Works Department 
City of Atlanta, GA Department of Transportation 
City of Atlanta, GA Department of Public Works
City of Des Moines, IA Department of Public Works 
City of Houston, TX Public Works Department 
Town of Bloomfield, CT Public Works Department
City of Olathe, KS Department of Infrastructure 
Town of Little Elm, TX Public Works Department 
City of Grove City, OH Public Services Department 
Town of Morrisville, NC Public Works Department 

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