Supervisory Skills and Development

Supervisory Skills and Development Program
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Colorado LTAP manages three different training programs. The Supervisory Skills and Development Program (SSDP) started in the fall of 2001. SSDP is designed to help educate, prepare, and provide public works employees with the background necessary to comfortably and confidently perform in a supervisory position. The courses chosen are intended to provide a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor and to develop tools for succeeding in management.

What are the Supervisory Skills and Development Program Requirements?

All nine courses offered in SSDP are required for completion of the program. Each course is a 7-hour training session. A plaque will be awarded recognizing successful completion of program requirements. Each year, one half of the classes are offered on the Front Range, and in that same year, the other half of the classes are held on the Western Slope; the next year they will switch. It is possible to complete the SSDP program in one year if students are able to travel to both the Western Slope and Front Range locations. Otherwise, it will take a minimum of two years for one region to receive all nine courses.

What are the 9 Required SSDP Courses?
Alternating between West Slope and Front Range every year.

Fall Classes
  • So You're a Supervisor Now - Transitioning into a Supervisory Role
  • The Do's and Don'ts - Legal Liability Issues for New Supervisors
  • Whole New World - The Nuts and Bolts of Local and State Government Operations
  • Successful Employees Make Successful Supervisors - Managing for Success

Spring Classes
  • Verbal Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Ethical - Do You Know What That Means?
  • Developing the Leader Within - Leadership Skills
  • Who's Coming Through the Door Today - Dealing With People


The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Colorado Association of Road Supervisors and Engineers (CARSE) provide scholarships for Colorado local government agencies to attend LTAP training. Contact Colorado LTAP to request a scholarship.

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