Columbia Public Works Department is an accredited agency by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Department has been accredited since February 2001.

The accreditation is based on meeting national standards for management practices for all of the department’s areas of responsibility. These practices include employee training, safety programs, emergency response plans, operation performance measurements, public communication and outreach, project planning and monitoring as well as the evaluation of departmental capabilities and efficiency in each work unit. 

In the fall of 2020, Columbia Public Works was re-accredited by the APWA. As of 2008, the department is re-evaluated every four years by a trained team of reviewers. Accreditation encourages agencies to implement or improve existing procedures and practices which results in more efficient and higher quality service to customers. Columbia Public Works employees abide by the APWA Standards of Professional Conductopens PDF file as well as ethical practices outlined in City administrative rules.

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