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January 11 - December 13, 2022

Engineering Webinar Series: All 12 Webinars

Online

The engineering webinar series is comprised of 12 webinars from January through December 2022. Descriptions for each webinar can be found below. Webinars can be taken individually

Engineering,220102,Umbrella
March 8 - October 11, 2022

Engineering and Operations Work Order Webinar Series

Online

Want to understand the work order process (one that runs smoothly!) and the components within the process? Then this is the webinar series for you! Gain the knowledge and confidence

E and O,Operations,Trade Show,ops,Engineering,E&O,220328,Umbrella
April 19 - December 7, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: All 17 Webinars

Online

Get acquainted with, or brush up on skills in, many applications of Microsoft Office and Office 365. Intimate class sizes will contribute to the ability to work with an expert who can provide

Microsoft,Office,220445,Umbrella
September 20 - October 26, 2022

Utility Warehousing A-Z

Tacoma Public Utilities

In this four-part course, you will be introduced to a variety of critical warehousing topics. Each day will cover a new topic.

,220950,Umbrella,TACOMA,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
September 29, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: Excel Conditional Formatting

Online

This deep dive starts with the essentials of Excel's conditional formatting and then takes off quickly. You will learn to call out interesting data using colors, icons, or data bars. Upon

Office,Microsoft,Excel,220940,eLearning,Online
October 3 - 5, 2022

3 C's Conference

DoubleTree Hotel Missoula Edgewater

Throughout the conference, subject matter experts and utility members will share their knowledge and experience on current key issues in the customer service, credit, and collections arenas. Returning in person in 2022, we will gather in Missoula, Montana, where you will build relationships with others in your field and have fun at the evening networking reception and optional dinner outing.

Collections,Credit,Customer Service,3Cs,Collection,Conference,221091,Workshop,Missoula,MT,UNITED STATES,Montana
October 5, 2022

High Bill Inquiries as an Opportunity

DoubleTree Hotel Missoula Edgewater

The 3 C's closing keynote speaker, Mark Gosvener, will dive deeper into his keynote concepts by taking a look at how the electric utility industry has trained customer service representatives on handling high bill inquiries throughout the years and how that training plays out in our interactions with customers. Drawing on his 42 years of industry experience, he will also discuss the traditional go

,221050,Regional Class,Missoula,MT,UNITED STATES,Montana
October 11, 2022

Engineering Webinar Series: Understanding Microgrids

Online

Microgrids are small power grids operating either within a larger power grid or independently, and they are increasingly becoming advantageous to customers such as college

,221001,eLearning,Online
October 11, 2022

Engineering and Operations Work Order Webinar Series: Rate Impact of Maintenance and Capitalized Work

Online

For your ratepayers/consumers/members, price/cost and reliability are most important. Therefore, keeping rates as low as possible is the desired outcome of attending this final session

Engineering,Operations,ops,Linework,221022,eLearning,Online
October 11, 2022

2023 NESC Updates

Northwest Public Power Association

The 2023 National Electrical Safety Code will be released Aug. 1, 2022, and becomes effective Jan. 1, 2023. With many proposed changes and additions to the NESC—most directly affecting distribution systems—learning these changes is imperative for personnel responsible for the safe design, construction, and operations of an electric utility system. This one-day course will focus only on the changes

E and O,Operations,Superintendent,Trade Show,E&O,Foreman,Engineering,ops,Engineering,221010,Regional Class,Vancouver,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
October 12 - 14, 2022

Application and Use of the 2023 NESC

Northwest Public Power Association

The 2023 National Electrical Safety Code will be released Aug. 1, 2022, and becomes effective Jan. 1, 2023. With many proposed changes or additions to the NESC—most directly affecting distribution systems—learning these changes is imperative for personnel responsible for the safe design, construction, and operations of an electric utility system. This two-and-a-half-day course focuses on the appli

,221011,Regional Class,Vancouver,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
October 12, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: Microsoft Planner Essentials

Online

Are you looking for a tool that will help you with projects? Microsoft Planner can help! In this hands-on course, you will earn how to utilize Microsoft Planner to create a simple project

,221040,eLearning,Online
October 13, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: M365 - The Mysterious Apps

Online

In this interactive and informative webinar, we will examine four M365 tools that don't get a lot of attention but are extremely useful. Learn how to harness the power of these tools and

,221041,eLearning,Online
October 13, 2022

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Internal Controls

Online

During this session, you will: •Discuss and interpret the importance of authorization, completeness, accuracy, validity, physical safeguards and security, error handling, and segregation of

Finance,Acct,Accounting,221021,eLearning,Online
October 18, 2022

Staking Technician Certification Program: Protection/Basic Sectionalizing Design

Hotel 43

This course is part of the Staking Technician Certification Program. It will give you a basic understanding of the devices and techniques used to protect distribution lines and customers from damage or injury due to over-current/over-voltage.

,221030,Regional Class,Boise,ID,UNITED STATES,Idaho
October 19 - 20, 2022

Conflict Resolution Skills for Leaders

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

This two-day workshop equips you with the mindsets and skills to handle inevitable, everyday people problems you experience throughout your work. A core goal is to help you develop a

Leaders,Leading,Leadership,221061,Regional Class,Spokane,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
October 19 - 20, 2022

Leadership Skills: Understanding SLII Leadership Styles

Springhill Suites by Marriott Bend

This course is one of the three courses needed to earn a Leadership Skills Series Certificate. The SLII Experience foundation lies in teaching leaders to diagnose the needs of an individual

Leadership,Leaders,Leading,221060,Regional Class,Bend,OR,UNITED STATES,Oregon
October 19, 2022

Staking Technician Certification Program: Line Inspection

Hotel 43

This course is part of the Comprehensive Staking Technician Program. The National Electrical Safety Code requires that a utility inspect its facilities periodically to ensure that they are safe and adequate to distribute electricity.

,221031,Regional Class,Boise,ID,UNITED STATES,Idaho
October 20, 2022

Staking Technician Certification Program: Sizing Transformers & Conductors

Hotel 43

This one-day course is part of the Staking Technician Certification Program. It will focus on basic electric theory and the methodology to correctly size transformers and service conductors for standard residential and small commercial loads. You will learn to perform basic calculations for current, voltage, power, and voltage drop. You will also study basic circuit theory and its application in a

,221032,Regional Class,Boise,ID,UNITED STATES,Idaho
October 21, 2022

Staking Technician Certification Program: Unique Structure Design

Hotel 43

This one-day course is part of the Staking Technician Certification Program. You will learn to design special structures that require additional strength due to extreme wind load, long spans, and multiple circuits. This section also includes designing steel pole and unguyed wood pole structures.

,221033,Regional Class,Boise,ID,UNITED STATES,Idaho
October 24 - November 10, 2022

Electric Utility Business Fundamentals

Online

This webinar series is comprised of six interactive webinars and one chat session where participants learn about the history of the electric utility sector, the business operations, the region in which it operates, emerging trends facing the utility, and the key financial, market, and regulatory drivers that impact its operations and customers. The classes are designed to engage participants and f

,221035,eLearning,Online
October 31 - November 1, 2022

Application and Use of the 2023 NESC

Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

The 2023 National Electrical Safety Code will be released August 1, 2022, and becomes effective January 1, 2023. With many proposed changes or additions to the NESC—most directly affecting distribution systems—learning these changes is imperative for personnel responsible for the safe design, construction, and operations of an electric utility system. This two-day course focuses on the application

,221017,Regional Class,Anchorage,AK,UNITED STATES,Alaska
October 31 - November 4, 2022

NWPPA/APA Alaska Electric Utility Conference

Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

Please join us for our 2022 Alaska Electric Utility Conference being held live and in person in Anchorage, Alaska. This biennial event is the premier conference for public power utilities throughout Alaska. The AEUC provides a great mix of learning and networking opportunities along with over 80 trade show booths designed to help you get on top of the challenges, solutions, and opportunities that

Alaska,E and O,Operations,Trade Show,Utilities,AEUC,Trade Show,ops,Utility,AK,Engineering,E&O,221081 ,Conference,Anchorage,AK,UNITED STATES,Alaska
October 31 - November 1, 2022

Electric Utility System Operations

Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

This popular two-part course presents a clear understanding of the technical heartbeat of the utility by providing employees with a comprehensive understanding of electric utility system operations, including generation (fossil fuel, hydro, and nuclear generation), transmission, and distribution (down to 120V/240V residential connections). You will learn how all key pieces of equipment in the syst

,221018,Regional Class,Anchorage,AK,UNITED STATES,Alaska
October 31 - November 1, 2022

Design and Joint Use Considerations for Utility Fiber

Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

Understanding joint use considerations when installing fiber on the distribution system is an ongoing—and growing—issue all utilities face. In this two-day course you will receive valuable information about NESC updates, grant requirements, joint use grounding, and more.

,221016,Regional Class,Anchorage,AK,UNITED STATES,Alaska
October 31 - November 1, 2022

Arc Flash Hazards and Update

Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

IEEE Standard 1584 was updated in late 2018 and significant changes were made that could change the PPE used by electric utilities. These changes include elimination of the exception for transformers below 125 kVA and elimination of the 85% rule. Further, the calculation now includes more shape factors for arcs that are considered to be enclosed in switchgear or similar enclosures. The new calcula

,221015,Regional Class,Anchorage,AK,UNITED STATES,Alaska
November 2, 2022

S.T.A.R.T.™ (Supervisor Training in Accountability and Recognition Techniques)

Northwest Public Power Association

The S.T.A.R.T.™ (Supervisor Training in Accountability and Recognition Techniques) program is designed for supervisors and managers working with the front line. It will arm your team with leadership skills to create safety culture excellence. S.T.A.R.T. utilizes an engaging storyline and timeless message to explain why safety accountability works, how a positive safety culture impacts the bottom l

Leaders,Foreman,Leading,Leadership,Superintendent,221125,Regional Class,Vancouver,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 7, 2022

Adobe Acrobat Essentials

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Point

Come learn about Adobe Acrobat from Neal Otto, an Administrative Professionals Conference speaker and NWPPA instructor. In this course, you will learn the essentials of how to utilize Acrobat to create and modify business-related documents and how it can be used in conjunction with Microsoft 365 applications.

Administration,221149,Regional Class,Richland,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 7, 2022

2023 NESC Updates

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

The 2023 National Electrical Safety Code will be released Aug. 1, 2022, and becomes effective Jan. 1, 2023. With many proposed changes and additions to the NESC—most directly affecting distribution systems—learning these changes is imperative for personnel responsible for the safe design, construction, and operations of an electric utility system. This one-day course will focus only on the changes

,221127,Regional Class,Spokane,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 8 - 9, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: PowerPoint for Presenters

Online

You may have been using PowerPoint for years, but instructor Neal Otto wants to refresh your view of this powerful and essential tool. In this two-part course, you will learn how to create

,221140,eLearning,Online
November 8 - 9, 2022

Leadership Skills: Challenging Communication

Hotel Murano

This is the second in a series of four sessions leading to a Certificate in Leadership Skills from NWPPA. The leader's role in facilitating performance will be described, along with

Leaders,Leading,Leadership,221160,Regional Class,Tacoma,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 8 - 10, 2022

Application and Use of the 2023 NESC

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

The 2023 National Electrical Safety Code will be released Aug. 1, 2022, and becomes effective Jan. 1, 2023. With many proposed changes or additions to the NESC—most directly affecting distribution systems—learning these changes is imperative for personnel responsible for the safe design, construction, and operations of an electric utility system. This two-and-a-half-day course focuses on the appli

Operations,ops,Engineering,221128,Regional Class,Spokane,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 8 - 9, 2022

Administrative Professionals Conference

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Point

Join us for a highly interactive and hands-on two-day conference. This year’s speaker lineup includes Peggy Vasquez (author of "Mean Girls No More" and "Not 'Just an Admin!'") discussing the importance of powerful connections; Daniel Seitz providing an overview of change management principles; Neal Otto explaining how Microsoft 365 can save you time and effort in just about all aspects of your dai

Conference,Administration,Customer Service,221150,Workshop,Richland,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 10, 2022

Bankruptcy 101

Online

Almost one million businesses and individuals file bankruptcy annually in the United States. Although bankruptcies filed by customers are a challenge for any business, they present a special type of challenge for utilities due to the necessity of their services to consumers. Utilities must find a balance between following the laws as they relate to bankruptcy, while also being responsive to their

,221153,eLearning,Online
November 10, 2022

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Executing the Business Plan

Online

Plans, plans, and more plans. During this session, you will: •Understand the importance of planning to set the course for your utility. •Determine must haves when it comes to

Acct,Accounting,Finance,221121,eLearning,Online
November 15, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: Reuse Microsoft 365 Content the Right Way

Online

Did you know that Microsoft Office tools can increase your efficiency and productivity while reducing your workload if you harness its powers? Neal Otto will teach you tips and tricks to reuse

,221141,eLearning,Online
November 15, 2022

Engineering Webinar Series: Pole Buckling Prevention

Online

In this webinar you will learn the primary causes and effects of pole buckling, including insufficient pole class and short guy leads; the methods to design a wood pole distribution structure

,221101,eLearning,Online
November 15 - 16, 2022

Project Planning, Organization, and Execution

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Point

The ability to create and lead successful projects is no longer left solely to professional project managers. These skills are now required by the vast majority of positions as projects have become more complex and increasingly important.

,221130,Regional Class,Richland,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 15 - 17, 2022

Foreman Leadership Certificate Program Part 2

Heathman Lodge

The Foreman Leadership Skills Program is designed to support the development of skills needed to lead operations crews in the electric utility industry. The program consists of two two-and-a-half-day sessions; the sessions can be taken 2 to 12 months apart but must be taken in order.

,221165,Regional Class,Vancouver,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 17, 2022

Manager as Leader Series: Lead Change

Heathman Lodge

Change requires leadership. Leadership requires change. Workplace leaders are the "tread on the tire" when it comes to change. This workshop will provide the roadmap and set of tools to lead your team through challenging change.

Leaders,Leading,Leadership,221170,Regional Class,Vancouver,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 29 - 30, 2022

965.1 Electric Vehicles: Strategy and Policy Considerations for Electric Cooperatives

Salem Convention Center

Electric vehicles continue to receive increasing attention globally and within the United States through gradually increasing sales, an increase in the number of models available, and an abundance of media campaigns. EVs are also receiving increased attention within the electric cooperative industry. Many cooperatives own at least one electric vehicle, and it is a common topic in strategic plannin

,221175,Regional Class,Salem,OR,UNITED STATES,Oregon
November 29 - 30, 2022

Arc-Flash Hazard Assessment & Update

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

IEEE Standard 1584 was updated in late 2018 and significant changes were made that could change the PPE used by electric utilities. These changes include elimination of the exception for transformers below 125 kVA and elimination of the 85% rule. Further, the calculation now includes more shape factors for arcs that are considered to be enclosed in switchgear or similar enclosures. The new calcula

,221115,Regional Class,Spokane,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 29, 2022

Substation Series: Transformers & LTC Diagnostics (In Service/Predictive Maintenance)

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

In this one-day class, you will review the latest industry techniques in substation transformer and load tap changer maintenance. You will also learn about the implementation of simple, cost-effective in-service predictive maintenance and troubleshooting techniques.

,221116,Regional Class,Spokane,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
November 30, 2022

Substation Series: Substation Battery Maintenance and Testing (In Service/Predictive Maintenance)

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

This one-day class provides an overview of the latest industry techniques in substation battery and battery charger specification, maintenance, and testing. In this course you will learn about vented/flooded lead acid batteries, nickel cadmium (NI-CD) batteries, battery chargers, battery inspection and testing, review of test results, and IEEE and NERC requirements. Discussions will include the la

,221117,Regional Class,Spokane,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
December 1, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: Excel - Get and Transform

Online

This half-day course is for Excel users who spend too much time manipulating data into the right format before they even begin to analyze it month after month or week after week or

Office,Excel,Microsoft,221240,eLearning,Online
December 6 - 15, 2022

Administrative Professional Series: What Every Professional Needs to Know, All 3 Webinars

Online

This series is made up of three two-part webinars that provide utility-specific information for administrative assistants and executive secretaries who want to become more effective in managing their tasks and in communicating with others. Webinars may be taken individually or as a series. By registering for all three webinars, you will receive a discount off of the total registration fee.

,221250,Umbrella
December 6 - 7, 2022

Leadership Skills: Supervising Union Employees

Northwest Public Power Association

The MARC Union-Labor Relations program increases the skills and confidence of frontline supervisors to serve as management's frontline representatives in dealing with employees, stewards, and officers of the union. Additionally, top-level managers are trained to delegate and support frontline supervisors. The MARC program provides a well-organized format to produce uniform interpretation of the co

Leaders,Human Resources,Labor Relations,Leading,Management,Leadership,HR,221248,Regional Class,Vancouver,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
December 6 - 7, 2022

Administrative Professional Series: Maintaining Positive Working Relationships

Online

As an administrative professional, you represent yourself, your boss, and your organization. To achieve the goals of the organization, positive working relationships between co-workers are a must; however, this can be difficult at times. This two-part webinar is designed specifically to help increase cooperation and productivity through teamwork. The importance of recognizing unconscious bias and

,221251,eLearning,Online
December 6, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: Troubleshooting Problem Word Documents

Online

Cleaning up bad formatting can be a nightmare until you understand how Word works and what tools are available to fix these issues. You are encouraged to bring your own problem

,221241,eLearning,Online
December 7, 2022

Microsoft 365 Essentials Webinar Series: End-of-Year Digital Cleanup

Online

As we close out the year and prepare for the next one, many of us have a desire to clean up the clutter we have collected throughout the year. Much of this clutter comes in digital forms

,221242,eLearning,Online
December 7 - 8, 2022

Power Supply Conference: Building an Agile Power Supply for an Uncertain Future

Sheraton Portland Airport

For many years, the NWPPA Power Supply Conference had provided the expertise and insight needed to inform power supply decisions. Now in this new era of dynamic resource options and challenges, managing and planning for power resources and costs have never been more critical to utilities and their consumers. The 2022 Power Supply Conference will educate members, encourage discussion, and provide a

Rates,Strategy,Strategic,Rate,Ratemaking,Policy,Purchasing,221280,Workshop,Portland,OR,UNITED STATES,Oregon
December 8 - 13, 2022

Administrative Professional Series: Business Communications Across Platforms

Online

This two-part webinar will cover the varied aspects of communication that admins use daily in their business environment. Topics include effectiveness in listening, and verbal and non-verbal communication. Written communication across platforms such as emails, memos, letters, and minutes will also be covered. The ABCs (accuracy, brevity, and clarity) of great communication will be stressed along

,221252,eLearning,Online
December 8, 2022

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Financial Evaluations – What You Need to Know and Your Role

Online

During this session, you will: •Learn the essentials that will assist you to contribute and respond when faced with significant business matters needing to be evaluated. •Understand how

Finance,Acct,Accounting,221221,eLearning,Online
December 13, 2022

Engineering Webinar Series: Strength of Pole Top Assemblies

Online

When designing a distribution line, it is necessary to select the proper pole top assembly for each pole, including crossarms (wood and fiberglass), pins, and insulators (polymer and

,221201,eLearning,Online
December 14 - 15, 2022

Accounting, Finance, and RUS/FERC Fundamentals for Utility Personnel

Northwest Public Power Association

This one-and-a-half-day course will take you through the fundamentals of FERC/RUS accounting and provide practical examples you can use in your utility. You will learn how to research and learn these fundamentals from the source document rather than from "we’ve always done it that way." You will learn skills that help your utility’s system achieve financial security and long-term benefits for memb

,221230,Regional Class,Vancouver,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
December 14 - 15, 2022

Administrative Professional Series: Understanding the Utility Business

Online

All utility employees, regardless of position or responsibility, need to understand their chosen business. The more you understand the complexity of the electric utility business, the better you can serve and integrate with your co-workers, consumers, and other stakeholders. This two-part webinar is designed to acquaint non-technical employees with the basics of electricity and the electric system

,221253,eLearning,Online
January 18 - 19, 2023

Negotiating Your Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

Northwest Public Power Association

This is a comprehensive course designed to guide participants through any negotiation experience but with an emphasis on labor management contract negotiations. More than just information on how and what to do, this course focuses equally on what not to do. The class includes interactive activities to build and improve participants’ skill sets so they can continue to hone them well after the cours

Human Resources,HR,Utilities,Labor Relations,Utility,Board,230121,Regional Class,Vancouver,WA,UNITED STATES,Washington
April 17 - 21, 2023

Staking Technician Certification Program - Phase 1

Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Phase 1 of the NWPPA Staking Certificate Program will cover basic surveying; overhead/pole-line structure design and layout; joint-use staking and make-ready surveys; and unique structures. The successful passing of online examinations is required to receive certification for the Three-Phase Staking Program. Phases 1, 2, and 3 do not need to be taken in order.

Engineering,Certificate,Operations,Certification,Alaska,Superintendent,ops,Education,Recertification,AK,230430,Regional Class,Anchorage,AK,UNITED STATES,Alaska