Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC)

APAC offers management training for public sector professionals. We serve current and future leaders in government and nonprofits. Our programs are in-depth and develop practical skills. We hire talented instructors who are content experts. They train using best practices in adult learning.

We offer a variety of training and certification programs. You can register individually for the programs that meet your professional goals. Each program includes participants from different backgrounds. You will develop new professional relationships and learn best practices from across the public sector.

In addition, we develop training programs specifically for organizations and agencies. Contact us if you work in the public sector and have a management training need.

APAC Programs Open for Registration

The following Spring 2024 programs are open for registration.

2024 Certified Group Facilitator Program

APAC’s Certified Group Facilitator program develops skilled facilitators who work in the public sector. These facilitators help groups, teams, and communities make good decisions, resolve conflict, solve problems, and meet goals. When groups have a skilled facilitator, their decisions are more inclusive, better informed, and more effective.

This program provides extensive training and significant opportunities to practice. Participants in the program will:

  • Learn facilitation approaches to decision making, planning, and problem solving.
  • Practice designing, implementing, and evaluating facilitations.
  • Discover ways to manage difficult individual and group behaviors and encourage helpful ones.
  • Experience and practice both online and in-person facilitation skills.
  • Start a personal portfolio of facilitation resources and techniques.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER ONLINE

Planning Overview Course: March 13, 2024 (Online)

The Planning Overview Course is the first course in the Arkansas Planning Official Training Program. This introductory course covers the history of city planning, the city planning process, and the legality of city planning. It will be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Planning Official Trainings are for Arkansas Planning Commissions and individuals that work with those Commissions. Attendees include Planning Commissioners, Board of Adjustment members, Mayors, Fire Chiefs, city planning staff members, and anyone else that wants to learn more about the work of Planning Commissions. The curriculum is developed and instructed by experienced Arkansas planners.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER ONLINE BY MARCH 5

Planning Commissions Course: April 10, 2024 (Online)

The Planning Commissions Course is the second course in the Arkansas Planning Official Training Program. It covers the establishment of a planning map, as well as information about planning rules, resolutions, and ordinances. It will also cover ethical principles for city boards and commissions and the basics of meeting rules and procedures. It will be held on Wednesday, April 10, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Planning Official Trainings are for Arkansas Planning Commissions and individuals that work with those Commissions. Attendees include Planning Commissioners, Board of Adjustment members, Mayors, Fire Chiefs, city planning staff members, and anyone else that wants to learn more about the work of Planning Commissions. The curriculum is developed and instructed by experienced Arkansas planners.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER ONLINE BY APRIL 2

Zoning and Rezoning Course: May 8, 2024 (Online)

The Zoning and Rezoning Course is the third course in the Arkansas Planning Official Training Program. It covers the zoning rules, the zoning map, types of zoning, and rezoning application reviews. Case studies will be used to apply the content to real-world zoning issues. It will be held on Wednesday, May 8, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Planning Official Trainings are for Arkansas Planning Commissions and individuals that work with those Commissions. Attendees include Planning Commissioners, Board of Adjustment members, Mayors, Fire Chiefs, city planning staff members, and anyone else that wants to learn more about the work of Planning Commissions. The curriculum is developed and instructed by experienced Arkansas planners.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER ONLINE BY APRIL 30

Subdivisions Course: August 28, 2024 (Online)

The Subdivisions Course is the fourth course in the Arkansas Planning Official Training Program.  It covers how a subdivision is defined, subdivision regulations and codes, plating procedures, plat approvals, and subdivision application reviews. It will be held on Wednesday, August 28, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Planning Official Trainings are for Arkansas Planning Commissions and individuals that work with those Commissions. Attendees include Planning Commissioners, Board of Adjustment members, Mayors, Fire Chiefs, city planning staff members, and anyone else that wants to learn more about the work of Planning Commissions. The curriculum is developed and instructed by experienced Arkansas planners.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER ONLINE BY AUGUST 20

Development Review & Variances Course: October 9, 2024 (Online)

The Development Review & Variances Course is the fifth course in the Arkansas Planning Official Training Program. It covers conditional uses, Conditional Use Permits, site plan reviews, development regulations, and variances. It will be held on Wednesday, October 9, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Planning Official Trainings are for Arkansas Planning Commissions and individuals that work with those Commissions. Attendees include Planning Commissioners, Board of Adjustment members, Mayors, Fire Chiefs, city planning staff members, and anyone else that wants to learn more about the work of Planning Commissions. The curriculum is developed and instructed by experienced Arkansas planners.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER ONLINE BY OCTOBER 1

Cultural Humility Workshop: March 13-14, 2024 (In-Person)

Learn about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Using the philosophy of cultural humility, you will gain guidance about how individuals and organizations can mitigate implicit bias and micro-inequities to move towards intentional inclusivity.

Register by Monday, February 26, 2024

Strategic Decision Making Workshop: April 10, 2024 (In-Person)

This workshop teaches participants a flexible, repeatable process for engaging in productive conflict to help their team develop ideas, solve problems, and make strategic decisions. Through exercises designed to encourage productive conflict—including small conversational debates and a large group debate—participants learn to communicate their ideas more effectively, to listen critically, and to create a space for productive debate within their organizations.

Register by Monday, March 25, 2024

Innovating Through Change Workshop: April 11, 2024 (In-Person)

It is often said that “a change will do you good.” However, when change is introduced in the workplace, it can be a source of friction, frustration, and failed attempts to meet goals. In this workshop, participants will learn to define change management and organizational innovation; explore their personal reaction to change; understand how to foster creativity and innovation in the workplace; and learn how to adapt to societal change. Participants will walk away with practical steps to cultivate change in their organizations.

Register by Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Strategic Doing Workshop: April 25, 2024 (In-Person)

This workshop will focus on building collaborations to meet complex challenges. Learn how to form action-oriented collaborations quickly, move them toward measuring outcomes, and make adjustments along the way.

Register by Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Storytelling Workshop: May 7, 9, 14, & 16, 2024 (Online)

Steve Jobs once said, “The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller.” Through this workshop, participants will learn tools to harness that power. You will understand the components that make up an effective and impactful story. Then, provided with prompts, you will craft a personal or professional narrative. Learning how to tell a story can help you advocate and be a voice for those you serve.

Register by Monday, April 22, 2024

APAC Program Descriptions

To meet your needs, APAC currently offers the following certificate and training programs.

About APAC

APAC is dedicated to improving the quality of public services in Arkansas. This work is accomplished through management training for public and nonprofit agencies and organizations. APAC is a cooperative program of the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UA Little Rock), the University of Arkansas (UA), and Arkansas State University (ASU).

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