Education Catalog (Classroom-Based)

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Best Practices for Right to Know Law and Sunshine Act Compliance

This class will review municipalities' obligations under the Sunshine Act and Right-to-Know Law, discuss recent case law and trends, and provide best practices to help make municipal officials' jobs more efficient and cost effective.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA credits. This class is eligible for 2.5 CLE credits, at an additional cost.

 

09/21/17 - Potter County

09/27/17 - Butler County


CDL - Probable Cause Training for CDL Supervisory Personnel
 

FEDERALLY REQUIRED CDL TRAINING

“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.

Participants will learn what to do if they suspect or verify that a CDL employee is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol while on duty. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive student handout packet containing relevant instructional material. Each participant who completes the workshop will receive a certificate of attendance at supervisory personnel training for permanent retention in their employer's files. This training is required at least once for all personnel who have any supervisory responsibilities for CDL employees. All your CDL and CMV employees will benefit from attending this workshop. 

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA credits.

 

09/20/17 - Greene County

09/21/17 - Butler County

09/22/17 - Crawford County

10/10/17 - Centre County

10/17/17 - Cumberland County


CMV/CDL Records Management 
 

The PSATS CDL program has developed this class to help employers understand all the records they should be maintaining for their commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and the employees who operate them. In Pennsylvania, a CMV is generally any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or operating weight of more than 17,001 pounds used on public roads. Each workshop participant will receive a course instructional packet containing copies of each form and detailed directions on their use.

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.

 

09/20/17 - Greene County

09/21/17 - Butler County

09/22/17 - Crawford County

10/10/17 - Centre County

10/17/17 - Cumberland County


Developing Your Township Budget

The township’s annual budget is a financial plan that shows how much money your township will have, where it comes from, and how it will be used. Section 3202 of the Township Code requires the board of supervisors to prepare and adopt a budget that best reflects the estimated revenues and expenses of the township for the upcoming year by December 31st.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA secondary credits.

 

10/10/17 - Cumberland County

10/11/17 - Crawford County

10/17/17 - Lycoming County

10/18/17 - Beaver County

10/24/17 - Montgomery County

10/25/17 - Westmoreland County


Engineers 2017 Fall Seminar

This full-day seminar is designed to meet your educational interests and your busy schedule by providing a focused overview of important issues of interest to municipal engineers and their local government clients. We encourage your attendance at this interactive and informative session, which is eligible for 6 PDHs.

 

10/26/17 - Cumberland 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. The course covers flagging procedures, work zone set-up requirements, and traffic control devices based on information from PennDOT Publication 213—Temporary Traffic Control Guidelines, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and PennDOT Publication 234—Flagging Handbook.

 

09/20/17 - Huntingdon County

10/17/17 - Luzerne County

11/16/17 - Washington County


Human Resources and Labor Management Institute

Help your clients breathe new life into their personnel management. This institute will cover pertinent topics in five sessions:

     • What Just Happened? The Year in Review

     • Creating Positive Leadership and Employee Accountability

     • Managing the Employee with a Mental Illness

     • What First-Level Supervisors Absolutely Need to Know

     • The Municipal Workforce of the Future 

This class is eligible for 5 CLE credits (additional cost) and 4 elective PMGA credits.

 

10/05/17 - Butler County

10/12/17 - Berks County

10/19/17 - Lycoming County


Navigating the Ethics Act Minefield

This class will provide municipal officials and employees with a better understanding of their many obligations under the state's Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. Attendance will help avoid common missteps through the use of real-life scenarios and best practices. The course will cover all aspects of the Ethics Act and benefit elected officials, secretaries, managers, solicitors and other public employees subject to the law.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA secondary credits.

This class is eligible for 2 CLE ethics credits (additional cost).

This class is eligible for 2.5 SEO Credits (additional cost).

 

09/21/17 - Potter County

09/27/17 - Butler County


NIMS and the Incident Command System

All elected and appointed township officials and employees must have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities for successful emergency management and response actions. To help everyone address these emergency management planning responsibilities, all municipalities in Pennsylvania are required to be trained on using the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which is intended to improve local emergency response coordination. The Incident Command System (ICS) helps your emergency management team make effective, consistent, and timely decisions during an emergency. Together, NIMS and ICS help your township better address their emergency management responsibilities.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA credits.

 

10/18/17 - Westmoreland County

10/19/17 - Blair County

10/20/17 - Berks County


PMGA Administration Course

This class is part of PMGA-Palooza.

A broad overview of municipal administration. Experts discuss the Township Code, human resource issues, risk management, Right-to-Know Law responsibilities, budgeting and municipal accounting, audits, investments, and pension management.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA credits.

 

10/16/17 - Chester County

10/17/17 - Westmoreland County

10/18/17 - Cumberland County


PMGA Planning Course

This class is part of PMGA-Palooza.

Municipal planning responsibilities covered by our experts include the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, subdivision and land development, zoning, duties of the planning commission and zoning hearing board, and administration and enforcement of the Uniform Construction Code.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA credits.

 

10/10/17 - Chester County

10/11/17 - Cumberland County

10/13/17 - Westmoreland County


PMGA Public Safety Course

This class is part of PMGA-Palooza. 

Our experts discuss such topics as fire service, emergency management, police, ambulance service, mutual aid, homeland security, and municipal liability for volunteers.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA credits.

 

10/02/17 - Chester County

10/03/17 - Cumberland County

10/04/17 - Westmoreland County


PMGA Public Works Course

This class is part of PMGA-Palooza. 

A broad look at municipal public works responsibilities. Topics covered by our experts include road and bridge maintenance, road safety, stormwater management, traffic signs and signals, and posting and bonding.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA credits.

 

10/23/17 - Chester County

10/24/17 - Westmoreland County

10/27/17 - Cumberland County


PSATS 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.

 

11/13-17/17 - Cumberland County


QuickBooks and the Municipal Chart of Accounts

If you are using QuickBooks and have not incorporated the state’s “Chart of Accounts” or still have questions, you will want to take this class! The state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has developed a specific numbering system for tracking the financial transactions of municipalities. Referred to as the municipal “Chart of Accounts,” this numbering system is to be used in the fiscal administration of all Pennsylvania municipalities. It is the heart of the accounting system because it provides a way to record all financial transactions. This class will show you how to use the “Chart of Accounts” with QuickBooks accounting software, and is a follow-up to our “QuickBooks Training for Beginning and Intermediate Users”.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA secondary credits.

 

09/22/17 - Lycoming County

10/06/17 - Cumberland County

10/13/17 - Montgomery County


Regional Fall Forum

Introducing the PSATS Regional Fall Forum, a two-day event focusing on what matters most to smaller rural townships. Participate in up to 5 workshop sessions focusing on a variety of rural township trends and issues such as dirt and gravel roads, funding for volunteer firefighters, and flood mitigation just to name a few. Take this opportunity to also discuss common interests with other rural township leaders.

Register NOW. This event is limited to the first 100 participants.

This class is eligible for 4 PMGA credits.

 

10/30-31/17 - Tioga County


Resolving Payroll Problems with QuickBooks

If you use QuickBooks accounting software, this class is a must! Have you ever had to edit a paycheck or re-create a lost or damaged paycheck? Everyone has! This class will show you how to do that plus creating electronic fund transfer files and payments, setting up your payroll taxes for electronic fund transfer filing and quarterly reports, adjusting liabilities, trouble-shooting those red exclamations points in QuickBook’s payroll schedules, defining your payroll items, and managing payroll reports and year-end W-2s. This class will show you how to easily fix these (and other) payroll problems, and is therefore a class that all QuickBooks users should take, and is a follow-up to our “QuickBooks Training for Beginning and Intermediate Users”.

This class is eligible for 2 PMGA credits.

 

09/22/17 - Lycoming County

10/06/17 - Cumberland County

10/13/17 - Montgomery County


Solicitors 2017 Fall Seminar

This full-day seminar is an excellent opportunity for municipal solicitors to get caught up on recent developments in municipal law and become better prepared to address matters of significance affecting their clients. Whether you are an experienced solicitor or just starting out in the practice of municipal law, this interactive seminar is a must-attend event. In addition to the opportunity to learn from and engage in dialogue with other attendees and highly regarded faculty members, attendees will receive quality written materials, lunch and refreshments, and five CLE credits (one ethics credit).

 

10/25/17 - Cumberland County


TEMA 2017 Fall Exercise Forum

 

This full-day seminar is designed to meet the educational needs and busy schedule of local emergency management coordinators by providing an interactive opportunity to engage in several tabletop exercises focused on real-world experiences. We encourage your attendance at this interactive and informative session. 

10/24/17 - Cumberland 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 PMGA credits.

 

10/18/17 - Westmoreland County

10/19/17 - Blair County

10/20/17 - Berks County


Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Emergency Responder Training

This unique, multidisciplinary training promotes a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance at traffic incidents scenes; prompt reliable and open communications; and motorist and responder safeguards. Better incident response can cut incident response time in half.

This class is an MPOETC approved CLEE course. (CLE00169)

 

09/28/17 - Adams County

10/04/17 - Westmoreland County

10/19/17 - Mifflin County