Wellington’s Public Works Department received full accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the 3rd time. This accreditation formally verifies and recognizes the Village’s full compliance with the recommended management practices set forth in APWA’s Public Works Management Practices Manual.
Open to all governmental agencies with responsibilities for public works functions, initial accreditation from APWA is for a four-year period, during which time semi-annual updates will be required to demonstrate continuing compliance. After that time, there is a re-accreditation process that builds on the original accreditation, encouraging continuous improvement and compliance with newly identified practices.
The purpose of accreditation is to promote excellence in the operation and management of a public works agency, its programs, and its employees. Accreditation is designed to assist the agency in the continuous improvement of operations and management, and in providing a valid and objective evaluation of agency programs as a service to the public and the profession.
“Wellington's Public Works team is proud to offer professional services and programs for our residents which requires continuous evaluation of our policies and procedures. The APWA accreditation program ensures that our services are fully vetted and documented, which helps Wellington maintain our quality of life and makes our community a wonderful place to live, work, and play” says Bruce Wagner, Public Works Department Director.
APWA’s accreditation process includes five major steps:
- Self-Assessment: Using the Public Works Management Practices Manual, an internal review of an agency’s practices combined with a comparison of the recommended practices contained in the manual
- Application: Once the decision has been made to commit to the Accreditation Program, the agency submits a formal application
- Improvement: After the agency has completed the self-assessment and identified areas needing improvement, the agency will work to bring all practices into an acceptable level of compliance with the recommended practices
- Evaluation: Following the completion of the improvement phase, the agency will request a site visit. The site visit will consist of a review and evaluation of the agency to determine the level of compliance with all applicable practices
- Accreditation: The Accreditation Council will review the site visit results and recommendation from the team, voting to award or deny accreditation
The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization with more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, has an office in Washington, DC, and 63 chapters in North America.