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.

As part of our growth, we will be adjusting the pricing structure for the CAEC workshops starting January 1, 2017. For members of APWA, CAEC Committee offered workshops will remain 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.

2019 Workshop 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.

  • February 
    Prevailing Wages Contracting Essentials  4 CAEC Cert. Hours
    Presentation provided by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) professionals.  This workshop is designed for city, county, and state employees and consultants who work with public works contracts.  L&I has developed this workshop to cover a wide range of public works, prevailing wage, apprentice utilization, and contract release topics including legislative changes, many of which affect the contracting community.  All this (and more) is just a sampling of what will be covered during this workshop.
  • May
    Back to Contract Basics / Special Update on New Indemnification Legislation  4 CAEC Cert. Hours
  • September
    Bidding, Procurement, Emergency Contracts, and Legislative Updates  4 CAEC Cert. Hours
  • November 
    Construction Change Orders, Cost Estimating, and Schedule of Values  4 CAEC Cert. Hours


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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