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Willamette's Utility Management Certificate Program

Willamette's Utility Management Program has trained more than 300 managers and individual contributors from a wide variety of electric and gas organizations. Since 2005, this program has been preparing professionals for management careers in the utility industry.

Learn to lead through utility management training

In this 10-day course, participants learn about the utilities industry and develop important skills for utility management roles. The program offers instructors who are subject matter experts with vast experience in their field. From professional trainers to game-changing professors, all the program instructors have expertise in their given topic.

Students will gain a broad view and better understand the business side of utilities. Discover more about utility infrastructure and understand how each function integrates into the bigger picture. Topics will include:

  • Utility strategy
  • Utility finance and budgeting
  • Utility resource planning
  • Customer engagement issues
  • Rate design and rate setting regulation
  • Stakeholder relations and negotiations
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Leadership development training and ethics
  • Executive presentation skills
  • Practical experience

    Through interactive case discussions, simulations and exercises based on case studies of real utilities, students gain skills they can use right away. Participants will increase their effectiveness and add more value for their employers. When four or more students come from the same utility, they can complete the final strategic plan exercise together. This offers more practical takeaways that companies can apply right away.

    The program is also available to participants from different utilities, exposing scholars to a larger network of their peers. Not only will students learn from their instructors, but they will also learn from other class members.

  • Topics covered through our utility management degree program

    The program will cover topics like strategy, finances, energy resources, rate regulation, and even stakeholder relations. Participants can expect to develop their executive presentation skills and become a better negotiator. Create asset management plans, learn more about operation and maintenance considerations, and even develop and implement a plan.

    The program ends with an assignment where attendees develop a five-year plan for their utility program. Learn more about each day's schedule to get a better understanding of this program.

  • Willamette’s utility asset management certification

    The Utility Management program incorporates a balanced mix of lectures, discussions, exercises, and breakout group work. Students can expect around eight hours of in-class sessions daily. Three graded assignments combined with evaluations contribute to the final grade. All successful program attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

    Participants who successfully complete the 10-day course receive a certificate of completion from Willamette's business school in Oregon. Students may be eligible for academic credit or receive professional training without credit. If you have any specific questions about graduate credits, follow up with Karen Arthur.
  • Practical program information

    This 10-day course takes place in Portland. Certificate students can also secure discounted rates at hotels that are within walking distance of our Portland campus.

    Parking is available for those who are not staying at a hotel. Program attendees can use the underground garage for a daily fee.

Fall 2023 Session

  • Virtual Orientation: Oct. 4, 10–11:30 a.m. PT
  • Program Dates: Daily, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. PT
  • October 16-20, 2023
  • November 13-17, 2023

Apply to our certificate program today

Fall 2023 tuition is $5,975 per person or $5,475 per person for a company sending four or more employees. The program tuition includes registration fees, books and materials, breakfast and lunch, and daily snacks.

If you need more information, please contact the program at

If you're ready to apply to become a utility management professional, apply to our program. Once we approve your application, we will send you an invoice. Payment confirmation is necessary to secure your seat. Please contact us if you need payment arrangements.

Please note our cancellation policy

If you cancel or withdraw your registration for the program within 30 days of its start date, you must pay a $500 fee. To attend, you must pay in full before the program starts, unless you've made other plans.

Contact Julie Ryan with any additional questions by emailing or calling at 206-329-0424.

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