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 course is eligible for 6 PMGA Primary Administration credits (or secondary credits if enrolled in a different track.)

 

2/19/19 - Lackawanna County

3/7/19 - Centre County

8/13/19 - Washington County

8/16/19 - Erie County

9/10/19 - Cambria County

9/12/19 - Tioga 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

9/4/19 - Mercer 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

9/4/19 - Mercer 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


Duties of Zoning Hearing Board Members

From making decisions on contentious public issues to learning the ins and outs of the Municipalities Planning Code, being a member of a zoning hearing board can be a challenge. In this course, Elam Herr, retired PSATS’ assistant executive director and the chair of the East Hempfield Township (Lancaster) zoning hearing board, has a wealth of experience and will help you to better navigate this challenge. Topics to be covered include procedures for deciding variances and special exceptions, handling hearing-related questions, Ethics Act requirements and much more. Attendees will also learn specific, practical tips that will leave them better prepared for their next meeting or hearing. While this course is geared more toward newer zoning hearing board members, those looking for a refresher on their obligations will also benefit.

This class is eligible for 2 PAAZO Continuing Education Credits.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA Planning Secondary Credits.

 

3/4/19 - Montgomery County

3/12/19 - Monroe County


Essentials of Township Administration

Experts in the field will discuss such topics as the township code, human resource issues, Right-to-Know law responsibilites, budgeting and municipal accounting, audits, investments and pension management. Attendees will develop a base of knowledge to prepare them for a more concentrated look at administration topics contained in secondary courses. This course is required for those enrolled in the PMGA Graduate Program or the PMGA Administration Certificate Program.

This class is eligible for 6 PMGA Administration primary credits.

 

4/13/19 - Dauphin County


Essentials of Township Public Safety

Our expert presenters discuss the full range of emergency management and public safety topics such as fire service, emergency management, police, ambulance service, mutual aid, homeland security, and municipal liability for volunteers, along with developing an effective township emergency management program, encompassing an all-hazards approach for preparing to respond to any natural or man-made disasters which your township could face. This course is required for those enrolled in either the PMGA Graduate Program or the PMGA Public Safety Certificate Program.

This class is eligible for 6 PMGA primary credits.

 

4/13/19 - Dauphin County


Facing Change: Change and Transition Management

In Class #2 of PSATS' Leadership Development Series (each class can be taken by itself or in conjunction with other classes in the series), attendees will discuss how managing transitions (whether resulting from new boards, employee changes, or something else) is the No.1 influence to a successful change management. We will also review the emotional impact that change has on employees and organizations and learn about the eight steps to effective change and transition management.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA Administration Primary credits (or secondary credits if registered in a different track) and 4 SHRM professional development credits.

 

3/13/19 - Washington County

3/22/19 - Bucks County

4/14/19 - Dauphin 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).

 

3/11/19 - Adams County

3/14/19 - Allegheny County

3/14/19 - Centre County

3/20/19 - Potter County

3/26/19 - Monroe County

4/3/19 - Schuylkill County

4/10/19 - Pike County

4/23/19 - Berks County

5/2/19 - Washington County


High Hopes: Establishing Expectations and Accountability

In Class #6 of PSATS' Leadership Development Series (each class can be taken by itself or in conjunction with other classes in the series), attendees will review six criteria for establishing effective expectations and setting goals. Attendees will learn ways to hold employees (and themselves) accountable, understand the importance of consistency and fairness, and appropriately address discipline and negative behaviors.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA Administration Primary credits (or secondary credits if registered in a different track) and 4 SHRM professional development credits.

11/7/19 - Erie County

11/14/19 - Berks County

12/10/19 - Cumberland County



Human Resources and Labor Management Institute

This annual full-day class is a must-attend for anyone who has responsibility for HR and personnel management in their township. Topics to be covered in the 2019 sessions will be determined, but will include coverage of new and emerging HR/labor management issues applicable to township government.

This class is eligible for 5 PMGA Admin Secondary credits, (or 5 elective credits if in a different track.)

This class is eligible for 5 CLE credits. (additional cost.)

 

9/19/19 - Cumberland County

9/26/19 - Butler County

10/3/19 - Montgomery County



Leadership Development Series

PSATS is excited to announce an all-new PSATS Leadership Development Series in 2019 for township supervisors, managers, secretaries and other officials/employees. Jim Rowell of Rising Sun Consultants will present six unique, engaging and interactive half-day sessions three times each at various locations throughout the state. While attendees would benefit greatly from participating in all six sessions, the PSATS Leadership Development Series is designed so that each session stands alone, providing attendees the flexibility to take sessions as their schedules permit.

 

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Leadership 101: Effective Supervision and Why It Matters

In Class #1 of PSATS' Leadership Development Series (each class can be taken by itself or in conjunction with other classes in the series), we will review data demonstrating the impact that effective -- and ineffective -- supervision has on employees and organizations and provide an overview of the 10 keys to effective supervision. Attendees will learn the core tenets of servant leadership and how emotional intelligence is the No.1 influence in achieving success as a leader.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA Administration Primary credits (or secondary credits if registered in a different track) and 4 SHRM professional development credits.

 

3/1/19 - Cumberland County

3/19/19 - Montgomery County


Let's Talk: Effective Communication and Managing Difficult People

In Class #5 of PSATS' Leadership Development Series (each class can be taken by itself or in conjunction with other classes in the series), attendees will review effective communication skills, question-based processes for communicating with employees, ways of managing difficult conversations and people, and much more.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA Administration Primary credits (or secondary credits if registered in a different track) and 4 SHRM professional development credits.

 

9/5/19 - Butler County

9/18/19 - Monroe County

10/2/19 - Tioga County


Managing Conflict, Team Development, and Relationship Building

In Class #3 of PSATS' Leadership Development Series (each class can be taken by itself or in conjunction with other classes in the series), attendees will learn about how to transform their employees from a group into an effective team, as well as team development dynamics and relationship building. In addition, using Jim Rowell's five steps to conflict resolution, they will explore ways to effectively manage conflict to create healthier relationships between staff members and use conflict as an opportunity for growth and development.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA Administration Primary credits (or secondary credits if registered in a different track) and 4 SHRM professional development credits.

 

5/6/19 - Allegheny County

5/9/19 - Luzerne County

6/14/19 - Lancaster County


Mini Boot Camp

In this abbreviated version of PSATS' popular biennial Boot Camp, newly elected/appointed township supervisors and staff will get a primer on township government that will leave them better prepared to tackle the many challenges they will face in their positions.

Topics to be covered in the Mini Boot Camp include the authority and powers of township boards, personnel management, the Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act and Ethics Act, public safety/emergency management, basic budgeting/finance, internal and external communications and more.

 

3/2/19 - Cumberland County

3/9/19 - Chester County

3/9/19 - Washington County

3/16/19 - Luzerne 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).

 

3/12/19 - Centre County

3/13/19 - Columbia County

5/2/19 - Butler County

5/3/19 - Washington County

8/21/19 - Chester County

8/22/19 - Cumberland County

9/18/19 - McKean County

9/19/19 - Bradford County


PennDOT 2019 Municipal Road Maintenance and Safety Symposium

Every municipal budget across the commonwealth shares the same big line item: road maintenance and safety. It’s the road crew’s job to keep roads smooth, free from potholes, without snow during winter storms, and draining properly when the spring rain falls. Municipalities and their crews are also responsible for new construction, signage, work zone safety, asset management, and even personnel management.

How can you be sure you are doing the best possible job with limited resources? By attending PennDOT’s 2019 Municipal Road Maintenance and Safety Symposium, where you will hear from road maintenance experts, transportation safety professionals, and municipal officials who have a deep understanding of standard road maintenance and safety practices, as well as an eye on new products, services, and technologies.

During the three - day symposium, you will have access to 10 road-related workshops, and the “Roadmasters Roundtable” Q&A, plus unlimited entry into the largest municipal exhibit show in Pennsylvania. All in one place!

 

4/14/2019 - Dauphin 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).

 

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

5/23/19 - Clearfield County


SEO Precertification Academy 

The PSATS SEO Precertification Academy is designed to teach the basic skills a future sewage enforcement officer (SEO) needs to know to work for a local agency. Whether you work for a municipality in need of a good SEO or are someone who is considering the SEO field as a career, you will want to check out the benefits of sending someone to or attending the academy yourself. Not only is the academy a prerequisite to taking the commonwealth's certification examination for SEOs, but you will leave the course better prepared to enter the multi-faceted world of a local agency SEO.

 

5/6/19 - 5/10/19 - Cumberland 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 2-day event held in conjunction with the PSATS Annual Educational Conference in Hershey, PA. Each morning'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 per day.

This class is eligible for 3 PMGA Elective credits per day. 

* 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).

 

3/12/19 - Centre County

3/13/19 - Columbia County

5/2/19 - Butler County

5/3/19 - Washington County

8/21/19 - Chester County

8/22/19 - Cumberland County

9/18/19 - McKean County

9/19/19 - Bradford County


There is no "I" in Team: Supporting Employee Growth

In Class #4 of PSATS' Leadership Development Series (each class can be taken by itself or in conjunction with other classes in the series), attendees will focus on the growth and development of employees through effective coaching as a growth strategy, empowering employees to be responsible for their performance, and effective delegation.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA Administration Primary credits (or secondary credits if registered in a different track) and 4 SHRM professional development credits.

 

7/10/19 - Mercer County

7/17/19 - Chester County

8/1/19 - Cumberland County


Tips and Tricks for Quickbooks

Come join PSATS and your colleagues from around the state for this newly developed class where Diana Patton, who spent 25 years as a township secretary/treasurer before becoming a certified QuickBooks Instructor and Trainer, will show you all the ways you can use QuickBooks to better serve the financial needs of your municipality.

Among the topics that will be covered in this class:

  • Chart of Accounts – Diana will discuss how to properly set up your Chart of Accounts for auditing and take a deep dive into various reports that will help you with monthly meetings, budgets, payroll reports, and year-end reporting.
  • Accounts Payable – Do you enter bills or simply write checks? Diana will review the benefits of Accounts Payable, the history behind entering bills, and how to properly apply credits.
  • Deposits – Do you just enter your deposits? Learn the difference between entering deposits and using “Sales Receipts” to get revenue history and how to create an item list to get you started.
  • Custom Liability v. Scheduled Liability Payments – Learn why it is sometimes necessary to use the custom page and how to do it.
  • Attachments – Have everything at your fingertips and save paper and filing time by using Attachments in QuickBooks for timesheets, vendor quotes, bids and more.
  • Miscellaneous – Diana will also explain how to clean up your QuickBooks and will cover other names, merging names and unreconciled checks.
 

4/14/19 - Dauphin County