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Louis Demian
Program Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 644

 11th Annual Continuing Education Conference

 March 18 & 19, 2015 - CLICK HERE FOR BROCHURE


This series of courses is designed to train municipal and county public works personnel in the responsibility of supervising public works operations. The curriculum emphasizes pragmatic technical management and political skills necessary for professional success. The program focuses on New Jersey's governmental practices that contribute to improved work performance of department administrators.

The nine included courses — in the areas of management, technical, and government — and other criteria are required for the state designation of Certified Public Works Manager.

The three-course management unit addresses the human relations and personnel development needs of public works management. The intent of this segment is to acquire a better understanding of management, strengthen managerial and personnel skills, and to promote a professional public works image to the public.

The three-course technical unit examines the daily operation of a public works department. Public works departmental functions are reviewed to establish a standard of practice for use as a data base that reflects departmental productivity. The technical presentations are compared to the municipal planning and development process.

Public works departments operate within the context of local government. In the three-course government unit, the processes of state and local government are examined from a historical perspective. Practices are then reviewed in relation to state regulations.

Program Requirements

All participants in the Certified Public Works Manager Program must be high school graduates or hold a high school equivalency certificate. It is highly recommended that individuals entering the program have a minimum of three years of experience in supervision.

State Exam Requirements

All nine courses are required before taking the New Jersey State CPWM exam. This state licensing exam is administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in April and October of each year. The DCA application form is available at, or applicants can call 609-292-9757. Completed applications must be received at DCA one month before the exam date.

All applicants must:

  1. Be a high school graduate or hold a high school equivalency certificate
  2. Complete all nine public works manager courses offered by CGS
  3. Have five years of supervisory experience as a public or private sector public works manager within the last 10 years
  4. Be a minimum of 21 years of age
  5. Be a United States citizen
  6. Be a person of good moral character

For complete certification requirements for Certified Public Works Manager, see PL 1991 c.258.

Course Descriptions

Management Tasks, Responsibilities, and Practices 

30 hours
This introductory management seminar examines the role of a public works manager. The seminar is based on systematic approaches to individual, group, and organizational performance relative to planning, leadership, personnel performance, and decision-making skills development.

Managing and Developing Human Resources 

24 hours
Prerequisite: Management, Tasks, Responsibilities, and Practices
Public works environments affect human resource management because low pay, poor working conditions, and low social status inhibit worker performance. Human resources are vital to the quality of public works operation, yet little time or money is spent in this regard. Personnel work problems, effective supervision, labor relations, safety in the workplace, career development, and human resource planning are presented in this course.

Public Relations Seminar in Public Works

18 hours
Prerequisite: Managing and Developing Human Resources
The public works profession requires managers to act as public relations representatives. An awareness of public relations roles, and effective means of implementing public relations programs are addressed in this seminar.

Operations Resource Management 

42 hours
Public works performance is directly affected by the resources available to management. In this course, operational procedures are discussed relative to increasing efficiency through effective planning, evaluation of performance objectives, and inventory development. The technology of public works operations will be addressed in the areas of road maintenance, snow removal, leaves/recycling, parks, buildings and grounds maintenance, sewers, water, and fleet maintenance.

Management Accountability (formerly Information Systems)

6 hours
Public works departments must maintain accountability within their operations and community. Topics include monitoring and recording daily work activities, establishing performance standards, and reviewing important formulas and calculations to document performance.

Municipal Planning and Urban Development 

12 hours
The Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:44d-1 et seq.) is reviewed in this course as part of the municipal planning process. Subdivisions, site plans, development ordinances, and municipal master plans are discussed as applicable to the public works function.

Local Government in New Jersey 

12 hours
Public works managers function within the structure of both state and local government. This program describes the historical development of counties, municipalities, school districts, and special districts in New Jersey. Attention is devoted to local governmental functions, the realities of working in a political environment, and the relationships within a two-party system.

Municipal Budget Process

12 hours
This course focuses on public works finance. A large portion of the municipal budget is devoted to public works. Municipal finance relates to the municipal budget process as well as the public works budgetary system. Participants gain a better understanding of the entire municipal budget process through this program.

Public Works Purchasing

12 hours
Public works purchasing involves large sums of taxpayers' dollars. Therefore, purchasing practices must be effective within the public works department. Standardized procedures can promote effective communications between public works and purchasing departments. In this course, the public works purchasing function is reviewed relative to public contract laws, cooperative purchasing procedures, change order regulations, and the certification of funds.


A downloadable registration form is available via the link on the left side of this web page. Payment by check or voucher made payable to “Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey” must accompany the application. Send all correspondence and payments to:

Public Works Management
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Center for Government Services
303 George Street, Suite 604
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2020

Upon receipt of the completed application and payment, a class space will be reserved; no confirmation will be sent. The university reserves the right to cancel any course without sufficient enrollment.

Class Cancellation Policy

Rutgers Center for Government Services reserves the right to cancel any course or seminar. The Center will notify all students enrolled in a course that has been cancelled and the information will be posted on the Center website. Students will be given a choice of receiving a full refund for courses cancelled by the Center or exercising the option to enroll in the same course at a different location (if one is available) or another course that is offered during the same semester. In the event there is a difference in course fees between the course that was cancelled and the alternate course, an adjustment will be made.

If the student wishes to enroll in a course that is offered in during a future semester, the tuition payment will be held in an escrow account and the student will pay the difference in costs if the registration fee of the alternative course is more expensive. If the fees for the alternative course are less, the student will receive a refund for the difference. A student may not select an alternative course that has a prerequisite if the prerequisite has not been met.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Rutgers Center for Government Services will refund the full course fees minus a $25 charge for processing to students who notify the Center of their intent to withdraw from a class in writing at least two (2) business days before the class is scheduled to start. Failure to notify the Center within that time period will result in forfeiture of all fees.

Continuing Education

The Center for Government Services co-sponsors an annual Public Works Continuing Education Conference with the Public Works Association of New Jersey. Sessions are reviewed by the Department of Community Affairs for CPWM credits, the New Jersey Water Environmental Association for TCH credits, and the New Jersey Recycling Certification Advisory Committee for CRP credits.

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11th Annual Public Works Continuing Education Conference
March 18 and 19, 2015
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