The Public Works Professional-Supervision certification recognizes individuals in the public works field who have the knowledge and experience to supervise areas in a public works organization.

It is for public works supervisors, crew leaders and frontline employees ready for supervisory positions.

Step 1: Eligibility and Verification

Eligibility and Verification Requirements

To demonstrate eligibility, candidates must submit an application documenting the completion of one of the following requirements

  • Completion of one of the following education and work experience pathways:
    • High school graduation or equivalent and 3 years of experience in public works
    • High school graduation or equivalent, one year experience in public works and completion of an APWA Public Works Institute
  • Cover letter explaining why the individual is seeking the certification
  • Complete resume/description of relevant public works experience
  • Agreement in writing to adhere to the APWA Standards of Professional Conduct

Eligibility Application Fee

Eligibility Application Form

Complete the Eligibility Application and save the PDF document. Email the completed digital version to certification@apwa.org.

NOTE: This form utilizes a tool for electronic signatures. If you do not have a digital signature file set up or have forgotten the password for your digital signature file, you can select the "new ID" option, then click on "A new digital ID I want to create now" and on next screen select "New PKCS#12 digital ID file," then fill in the applicable fields (can skip organization unit and organization name if desired) and click "set up."

APWA Verification

  • Applications are approved within 14 business days of receipt
  • Eligibility must be approved 30 days prior to the scheduled exam
  • Candidates have two years to sit for the examination

Step 2: Taking the Exam


Once an individual is found eligible, APWA shall assess the extent to which the individual is familiar with the Public Works Body of Knowledge and the extent to which the individual’s training and experience have prepared him/her to assume supervisory responsibilities. The assessment is based on successful completion of a multiple-choice examination developed for APWA based on a job analysis of public works supervisors.

Exams are computer-based and can be proctored at the candidate's place of employment or a testing center. The exam consists of 130 multiple-choice questions based on the CPWP-S Content Outline.

Preparation for the exam includes:

  • CPWP-S Content Outline
  • CPWP-S Recommending Reading List
Exam Fee
  • Place of employment administration: $300 USD
  • Testing Center administration: $300 USD + testing center fees

For questions about exam administration, review the Certification Exam FAQs.

Exam Application

Select your desired exam date (must fall within one of the testing blocks listed on the 2023 Exam Schedule, complete the Exam Application and email to certification@apwa.org or mail to APWA, Attention: Certification, 1200 Main Street, Suite 1400 Kansas City, MO 64105 at least 30 days prior to your preferred exam date.

2023 Exam Dates

All exam applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the preferred testing date.

Step 3: Navigating Certification & Re-certification

Congratulations! Earning your CPWP-S is a significant achievement.

Share Your Success

  • Add your credential and the CPWP-S logo to your name and signature on email, business cards, social media, and your LinkedIn profile
  • Share your accomplishment on social media using the following hashtags:
    • #GetCertified
    • #APWACertification
    • #RecertifyToday
  • Send a press release
  • Write an article or record a testimonial – Contact the Certification Team to learn more.

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Get Recertified

Your certification is valid for 5 years. To maintain your certification, you must complete a minimum of 100 credits earned through a combination of continuing education and contributions to the profession. Here are just a few suggestions:

Useful Forms

  • Track your progress: Recertification Tracking Sheet 
  • Content Areas must link back: CPWP-S Content Outline 
  • Recertification Guidelines 

Recertification Application Fee

Questions About the Certification Programs?

Reach out to the Certification team at certification@apwa.org or by phone at 800-848-2792.