CAEC Training



The Contract Administration Education Committee of APWA has been producing quality education since 2001. Our certificate program has been re-named as the CAEC Professional Certificate Program. CAEC Pro offers four levels of achievement: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

For members of APWA, CAEC Committee offered workshops are free, and non-members will be charged a nominal fee of $20 to help offset costs and continue to provide top-quality, responsive workshops.

As usual, additional CAEC workshops offered by our educational partner, MRSC will have varying fees in accordance with the level of effort needed to produce the workshop. Attending any workshop, either directly from the CAEC committee or from MRSC, will earn credit hours toward your Certificate of Achievement.


Workshops and other training sessions are developed and instructors and recruited by the CAEC. The format is diverse to accommodate different learning styles and available timeframes. Workshops are usually 3 - 5 hours and the same workshop will be available in multiple locations throughout the state.  Workshops offered by our educational partner MRSC will charge a fee.

Please download our Program Brochure for further information. Contact Ronda Syverson, City of Camas, at or (360) 817-7256 with any certificate-related questions.

2020 Proposed Workshop Schedule (topics are subject to change)

Registration opens one month prior to the start date for each individual class. To register and/or for the complete schedule, workshop locations, and additional information about upcoming CAEC trainings please view the Calendar List. If you are planning a year out, sessions are typically held in the same months but topics rotate. 

  • February
    Construction Documentation and Records Management
    The presentation team will present an overview on documentation requirements for locally funded Public Works construction projects. The Records Management segment of this workshop will provide assistance with terms and definitions, Records Retention Schedules, and How to Apply Retention Schedules to specifically identified Public Works construction related documents.
  • May
    Federal Guidelines
    Due to COVID-19 May workshops are cancelled at all locations. We will reschedule this topic for a later date and more information will be provided when available. 
  • September 24 
    Insurance: Taking the Mystery out of Insurance and Indemnity Requirement for Contracts. This Workshop will cover the various types of insurance, risk transfer, indemnification, certificates of insurance, additional insured endorsements, and much more.
  • October
    This session will provide training on Surety Bonds to aid in completion of a successful project. Learn how to validate a bond and the differences and protections afforded by Capital, Developer, and Commercial Bonds.
    All this and more is just a sampling of what issues will be covered in this Workshop.

  • November
    Job Order Contracting / Design Build


  • November
    Unit-Priced (On-Call) Contracts, and Emergency Contracts 4 CAEC Cert. Hours

Unit-Priced Contracts:  Back by popular demand, this session will cover multiple aspects of Unit-Priced Public Works Contracts including scoping, advertising, contract setup, bid award, documentation, management, and closeout.
Emergency Contracts:  Unforeseen circumstances may justify the letting of a contract without following state bidding requirements.  This presentation will cover an emergency as defined by statute to include declaration of emergency, general procedures, cost estimating, award, contract documents, payments, prevailing wage law, change orders, and project closeout.
WA State Auditor:  The Presentation Team will include a representative from the Washington State Auditor’s Office.  The Auditor will provide some insight on ways to avoid an audit finding in regards to Unit-Priced Contracts and Emergency Contracts.


To track your training hours view the Training Database.


Qualifications to earn a certificate will be based upon attendance at workshops sponsored or sanctioned by the CAEC. Candidates will receive credits equal to the hours spent in workshop attendance, receiving, for example, 3 hours of credit for a 3-hour workshop. A minimum of 30 training hours is required to earn a certificate. Certificates of Achievement will be issued as follows:

  • Bronze Level = 30 credit hours
  • Silver Level = 60 credit hours
  • Gold Level = 90 credit hours
  • Platinum Level = 120 credit hours

Successful candidates will receive an official certificate and a letter of completion for their personnel file. While not requirement, individuals are encouraged to continue to attend 5 to 10 hours of public works contracting training annually.


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