Education Catalog (Classroom-Based)

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Basic Training for Municipal Secretaries and Administrators

This full-day class will cover the wide array of administrative and management topics that townships face daily in an interactive and engaging manner. As such, it is a “must attend” for those new to township administration, or for those who are looking for a comprehensive refresher on how to be more effective for the township. With a solid focus on the basic principles of township administration, this PSATS-exclusive class should be on the schedule of all new (and veteran) township supervisors, secretaries, treasurers, auditors, or managers.

This class is eligible for 6 PMGA secondary credits.

 

2/5/19 - Cumberland County

2/7/19 - Berks County

2/13/19 - Centre County

2/19/19 - Lackawanna County


CDL - Probable Cause Training for CDL Supervisory Personnel

State and federal regulations require every employer who has CDL employees driving vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating or operating weight of more than 26,001 pounds used on public roads to participate in a drug and alcohol testing program. These same regulations also require that such employers train all personnel who supervisor employees with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) in handling suspected on-the-job drug or alcohol use. This workshop addresses these federal requirements by providing supervisory personnel with a working understanding of the federal CDL regulations, including on-the-job probable cause procedures. In addition to those supervisory personnel required to attend, all township CDL employees should attend this workshop to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding this important public safety training.

This half-day class is eligible for 3 PMGA secondary credits

 

3/5/19 - Lehigh County

3/6/19 - Pike County

5/16/19 - Bradford County

6/13/19 - Luzerne County

8/7/19 - Cumberland County

8/8/19 - Bedford County

9/5/19 - Westmoreland County

10/9/19 - Clearfield County

10/10/19 - Columbia County


CMV/CDL Records Management

This workshop will review CMV/CDL employee and vehicle paperwork, including pre-employment inquiries regarding a CDL applicant's past drug and alcohol test results and driving safety reports; requests for CMV driver's license information; annually reviewing each CMV driver's qualification to continue driving; CMV daily vehicle inspection, maintenance, and repair reports; the employer's required policy on CDL drug and alcohol testing; and a general overview of all the CDL regulations.

This half-day class is eligible for 3 PMGA secondary credits.

 

3/5/19 - Lehigh County

3/6/19 - Pike County

5/16/19 - Bradford County

6/13/19 - Luzerne County

8/7/19 - Cumberland County

8/8/19 - Bedford County

9/5/19 - Westmoreland County

10/9/19 - Clearfield County

10/10/19 - Columbia County


Developing Your Township Budget

This class will provide proven and effective methods and techniques to help new and veteran township supervisors, secretaries, treasurers, managers, road masters and public works officials develop budgets that work.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA Administration Primary credits (or secondary credits if enrolled in a different track).

 

8/14/19 - Lehigh County

8/15/19 - Wayne County

8/20/19 - Cumberland County

8/23/19 - Lycoming County

8/27/19 - Somerset County

8/28/19 - Clarion County


Flagger Training

This instructor-led Flagger Training will be conducted for individuals who have flagging responsibilities on ANY ROAD OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Others who would benefit from this course include: utility companies working on low volume roads, law enforcement personnel, municipal managers and elected officials (to understand the importance, and for budgeting purposes). This course has been designed to meet the PennDOT Publication 408 flagger training requirements mandated for all flaggers in Pennsylvania.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA Public Works Primary credits (or secondary credits if enrolled in a different track).

 

1/15/19 - Cumberland County

1/16/19 - Chester County

4/23/19 - Berks County


Is Selling Your Water/Wastewater Systems Right for Your Township

With the passage of new laws and ever-increasing environmental and capital requirements, many Pennsylvania townships are considering monetizing their water and wastewater systems. Come join peers from throughout your region to learn about the legal and practical implications of water/sewer system sales, as well as other options, from veterans of many of these transactions, including township officials and lawyers from Dilworth Paxson who represented a number of municipalities in these sales, including several to municipal authorities and the first two Act 12 closings in the Commonwealth.

This class is eligible for 3 PMGA secondary credits.

 

1/23/19 - Chester County


NIMS and the Incident Command System

Elected and appointed township officials and employees must have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities in order to develop a successful local emergency management program. To achieve this goal, the Pa. Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) requires all elected municipal officials to complete the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) federal training classes.

This class is eligible for 2.5 PMGA Public Safety Primary credits (or secondary credits if enrolled in a different track).

 

2/20/19 - Washington County

2/21/19 - Butler County

3/12/19 - Centre County

3/13/19 - Columbia County

8/21/19 - Chester County

8/22/19 - Cumberland County

9/18/19 - McKean County

9/19/19 - Bradford County


Performing Annual MS4 Outfall Inspections

In this class, attendees will learn a workable, effective framework for establishing a hierarchy for outfall inspections, a protocol for performing inspections in the field, and method for inspecting documenting and addressing potential illicit discharges. This class, which will be led by Mark Harman of ARRO Consulting, will benefit everyone involved in your township’s stormwater management program, including supervisors, managers/secretaries, and public works management and staff.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA Public Works Primary credits (or secondary credits if enrolled in a different track).

 

12/12/18 - Lancaster County - Course Full

1/9/19 - Cumberland County

2/13/19 - Bucks County



Right-to-Know and Sunshine and Ethics, Oh My!

Has your township received bad publicity as a result of a misstep involving the Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act or Ethics Act? Not sure whether you are in compliance with your obligations under any of these statutes? Or are you an experienced township official/employee just looking for a refresher? If you answered yes to any of these, you will want to take this class, which will provide best practices on how to more efficiently handle tricky (and common) RTKL requests, ensure smooth, and legal, public meetings, avoid tripping yourself up with conflicts of interest and other Ethics Act problems, and much more.

This class is eligible for 3 PMGA Administration Primary credits (or secondary credits if registered in a different track) and 3 CLE credits.

 

2/27/19 - Union County

2/28/19 - Susquehanna County

3/7/19 - Washington County

3/8/19 - Cambria County

5/22/19 - Erie County


Spring Emergency Management Educational Forum

Join your EMC colleagues from around the state and hear informative presentations from local and state emergency management personnel at this highly-interactive meeting, as well as hear the latest news and information from PEMA and TEMA. Additional presentations will address in-depth and practical ways to ensure the development and maintenance of an effective and efficient emergency operation program, and will highlight township exercise practices.

The class is eligible for 6 PMGA Elective credits.

 

4/14/19 - Dauphin County


Spring Engineers Seminar

The spring Township Engineer’s Seminar is a separate event held in conjunction with the PSATS Annual Educational Conference in Hershey, PA. Each day’s agenda includes important issues of interest to municipal engineers and their local government clients taught by knowledgeable and respected subject matter experts. We encourage your attendance at both these short, but interactive and informative sessions, each of which provide 3 PDHs.

The class is eligible for 6 PMGA Elective credits.

* A separate conference registration is required to attend any conference events or activities.

 

4/15-16/19 - Dauphin County


Spring PAAZO Educational Forum

This full-day program explores issues that zoning officers, planning and zoning officials face on a regular basis, and discusses effective strategies to address them. Attendees are eligible to receive five (5) continuing education credits toward their "Certified Zoning Officer" designation and 5 PMGA elective credits.

 

4/14/19 - Dauphin County


Spring Solicitors Seminar

This seminar will cover a wide variety of emerging and important trends and issues vital to the practice of every municipal solicitor. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from experts and network with your peers from around the state. 5 CLE credits will be available.

This class is eligible for 5 CLE credits (included).

This class is eligible for 5 PMGA Elective credits.

 

4/15/19 - Dauphin County


The Township Role in Emergency Management

One of the most fundamental responsibilities of every township is to protect the health, welfare, and safety of its residents. Whatever the natural and man-made hazards your township faces, it must prepare to “handle them all”. And while the leadership of the Board of Supervisors is crucial to the ultimate success of your emergency management responsibilities, so, too, is the active involvement of your township’s appointed Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) and the rest of your emergency management team. This course will provide detailed instructions on how to structure your emergency management team and make an emergency operations plan (EOP) that is responsive to the threats faced by your township.

This class is eligible for 2.5 PMGA Public Safety Primary credits (or secondary credits if enrolled in a different track).

 

2/20/19 - Washington County

2/21/19 - Butler County

3/12/19 - Centre County

3/13/19 - Columbia County

8/21/19 - Chester County

8/22/19 - Cumberland County

9/18/19 - McKean County

9/19/19 - Bradford County