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American Public Transportation Association

 Program Requirements

To be eligible for graduation and receive a certificate of completion, each member of the class must attend and actively contribute to the following:

  • June 2019 Rail Conference in Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Ten-month national mentor program which will require participation in online sessions and conference meetings.
  • Completion of all assignments and readings.
  • Small-team online presentations on professional areas discussed in mentor program.
  • Conference calls, webinar meetings, program collaboration, and any other web-based events.
  • May 2020 Mobility Conference and Capstone Session in San Antonio, TX.

Attending the modal conferences will give Emerging Leaders Program participants the opportunity to learn more about APTA, the industry, and its members, build their professional network and relationships, bond with peers, and better realize the diverse, professional opportunities within the industry.


If you are selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program and change jobs during the course of the program year, your new employer must be an APTA member and must submit a letter of support for your continued participation in the program. You will be responsible for resolving the tuition fee payment between your new and former employers.​​

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