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 $30 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.


Due to COVID-19 CAEC training will be online in the form of webinars until further notice.

Webinars are developed and instructors and recruited by the CAEC. Webinars are 1 – 2 hours with a break included if appropriate. Public Works webinars offered by our educational partner MRSC will also qualify for CAEC certificate credits. 

Contact Ronda Syverson, City of Camas, at or (360) 817-7256 with any certificate-related questions.

2021 Schedule

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 25, 2021 (completed)
    Staying Within the Lines When Using Federal Funding
    FHWA funding is not always intuitive to work with. Has your agency applied for or received FHWA funding? Do you work with WSDOT Local Programs for your federally funded projects, or need a refresher? This class will help you get up to speed with new changes and recent areas of concern. The class will also cover some recently updated specifications that apply to all projects. We will discuss design, right-of-way and construction phases of federally funded projects and how they relate to each other..
  • May 20, 2021 (completed)
    Job Order Contracting
    Join us for a discussion about Job Order Contracting:  What is JOC? How is JOC used? Who can use JOC? What are the benefits and potential challenges? And a review of the laws surrounding JOC from people who use it.  
  • September 15, 2021
    Electronic Bidding Panel Discussion
    Hear from three agencies who are in various stages of preparation for or implementation of online, electronic formats for public works bidding in the post-COVID environment.
  • November
    Project Management (tentative)
    Description coming soon.


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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