According to the American Public Works Association (APWA), the purpose of the accreditation program is to provide a means of formally verifying and recognizing public works agencies for compliance with the recommended practices set forth in the Public Management Practices Manual. While it is requires self-motivated involvement, and is voluntary there are many benefits to being an APWA accredited public works program.
Not only does the accreditation show the initiative of your organization through self-improvement and attainment of high standards, it continues to advance all public works by holding yourself and your organization accountable. Even though to earn this accreditation is voluntary, that does not make it any less sought after. To begin your accreditation process, pick up a Public Works Management Practice Manual and identify the practices that align with the types of practices that specifically apply to your agency. By the end of the process, an Accreditation Council will visit your site to ensure compliance. Initial accreditation is a four-year period, with semi-annual updates required to continue demonstrating compliance.
When an evaluation team comes on site, proof of compliance will be accomplished through review of written records, policies, practices and procedures. One thing to keep in mind as you are working through the accreditation process is how the team evaluates your compliance in written form. Excel spreadsheets and other word processing documents will not be accepted and instead, it is important to establish a formal process to document certifications, and other trackable information within record-keeping software. This is how VAIRKKO can help! With industry-leading software such as the Certification Tracking Cloud, your agency does not have to worry about passing the rigorous standards of the APWA Accreditation.
With features such as automatic alerts, the ability to track multiple locations and companies, compliance rules, detailed staff profiles, roadmap builders and more - there are features and benefits that go far beyond the accreditation process to ensure your agency is up-to-date on anything important for compliance. This software was specifically built to help aid in audits and provide detailed reporting to get a top level view of what is happening within your agency down to the individual employee. It’s efficient, provides real-time knowledge and insight, and convenient whether you’re on-the-go or in the office.
You’re choosing to embark on a process of high standards that are self-held and for that, we applaud you and we want to help! With the perfect solution to all your tracking woes, establish rapport with the APWA and continue with advancing the world of public works through high standards and accountability.
For more information on the APWA and it’s accreditation process, visit the FAQ page on APWA’s website.