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Education Program

Full session descriptions and information available here.

This year’s education program is better than ever. With over 50 sessions across 3 days, there’s something for everyone!  

New This Year
FAST TRACK – These are fast paced 20 minute sessions that will run on the half hour throughout the conference. This is a great way to get a lot of information in a short period of time. Traffic Incident Management (TIM) for Responders – FHWA and APWA are delighted to offer this 4 hour course designed for individuals tasked with responding to traffic emergencies.

Back by Popular Demand
Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Program – This all day certificate program is a great opportunity for new supervisors, lead operators or anyone that is looking for a well-rounded overview of all aspects of Winter Maintenance. Exhibitor Solutions Theater – these unique 45-minute sessions are held on the exhibit floor on Monday and Tuesday and presented by our exhibiting companies. Presentations will allow exhibitors to demonstrate how their company's technology or service provides a solution that addresses the needs of the snowfighting industry. Best Practices for Snow Fleets, Before, During and After the Storm – this 90 minute Fleet focused session is a provides tips, best practices and good ideas for keeping your Winter Maintenance fleet in top form.

Monday afternoon will provide ample opportunity for networking and discussion in the longer sessions at the end of the day. Winter Maintenance Professionals discuss challenges in the “When It All Goes Wrong “session, representatives from the Center for Sustainability will be leading a discussion on "Sustainability for Winter Road Maintenance," the members of the Fleet committee will focus on the "Top 10 Performance Measures for a 21st Century Fleet Manager," and folks from the National Roadeo Task force will provide insight and tips for hosting a Roadeo in the "Saddle up the Benefits of Interlocal Competition" session.

Exhibitor Solutions Theater
These unique 45-minute technical sessions are held on the exhibit floor Monday and Tuesday and presented by our exhibiting companies.  Presentations will allow exhibitors to demonstrate how their company’s technology or service provides a solution that addresses the needs of the snowfighting industry.

Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Workshop

Sunday, April 23
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The temperature is dropping fast and the weather service says snow and ice are on the way. Do you know how you keep your community’s roadways safe? 

Though winter maintenance is often a small portion of transportation professional’s job, it is one of the most visible. Winter storms quickly turn into emergency situations: bridges freeze, black ice forms, accidents happen, people can get hurt and even die… Does your agency know what to do? We can help. 
The APWA Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Workshop provides a well-rounded overview of all aspects of snow and ice control for individuals charged with supervising their winter maintenance operations. This all-day class examines the full aspect of winter maintenance management including developing a winter maintenance plan, deciphering winter weather patterns, determining the proper material and equipment to use, examining different ice and snow control techniques, and dealing with unusual winter situations.
Participants will:
  • expand their knowledge of planning and preparation
  • interpret winter weather patterns and modify operations 
  • identify how to better use traditional and alternative chemicals 
  • consider what equipment is available and how to maintain it
  • expand understanding of snow & ice control techniques
  • appreciate the environmental impacts of winter maintenance policies
  • stress the responsible application of materials

This is an all-day workshop with testing throughout the day. Attendees receive a Certificate of Completion upon achieving a score or 80% or above. This is a fantastic training opportunity for new supervisors, senior operators or anyone wanting a good overall understanding of winter maintenance operations and a great way to start the conference.

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) for Responders Course

Sunday, April 23
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

FHWA and APWA present the four-hour Traffic Incident Management for Responders course. Traffic incidents, ranging from minor short-term to major hours-long events, happen every day. These incidents, caused by wrecks, breakdowns, hazards in the road, weather events, etc. result in injuries, fatalities, billions of dollars of damages and delays in travel. They also create great risk to responders from all disciplines. Lack of standard protocols, coordination and communication among responders from police, fire, EMS, transportation agencies and towing have been major hindrances to safe, quick clearance. FHWA created the multi-disciplinary TIM Responder course several years ago to address these problems. About 200,000 responders from the various disciplines have been trained to date but there are many more that should be trained, including personnel from local Public Works and from state DOTs. View the 2017 Program Flyer (PDF) for more information.

Call for Presentations

The 2017 Snow Conference Call for Presentations is closed. The 2018 Call for Presentations will open after the Show for Snow in Des Moines. Check back here for more information as it becomes available.

CEU Credits

.1 CEU = 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour)

Education sessions of at least 50 minutes are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The CEU is a nationally accepted measure of participation in continuing education activities. By obtaining CEUs, you demonstrate to your employer that you are learning new skills and keeping current with changes in the industry.  The American Public Works Association has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). A CEU Request form has been placed in each registration bag.

The Professional Development Hour (PDH) is a term established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) “Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines” for Professional Engineers (PE). In these guidelines, NCEES defines the equivalency between CEUs and PDHs as: 0.1 CEU (1 hour of instruction) = 1 PDH. (Important note to Florida and New York Professional Engineers: APWA is an approved Florida Board of Professional Engineers provider of Continuing Education. The State of New York recognizes APWA as an approved training provider by virtue of APWA’s standing as an IACET Authorized Provider of CEUs.)

To receive CEUs, the assigned room volunteer must validate CEU Request forms at the conclusion of each eligible session. Only participants that have attended the entire session will receive validation; without validation, the form is invalid. Participants can submit them via mail after the conference. APWA Members do not need to pay for CEU registration; however, participants that are not APWA Members must pay a fee of $20 USD for the cost of CEU registration. Individuals will be notified via email when CEU Transcripts have been processed and are available for secure download via APWA’s web site.

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Thank you to our 2017 Snow Conference Sponsors!