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Managing Change and Transition and Facilitating Effective Meetings

Online

This new one-day course will cover what you need to know about change, transition, and effective meeting facilitation in today's environment. You will learn the differences between ...

Staking Technician Certification Program: Sizing Transformers and Conductors

SpringHill Suites Bozeman

This one-day course, which is part of the Staking Technician Certification Program, focuses on basic electric theory and the methodology to correctly size transformers and service ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Overhead to Underground Conversions

Online

Trends are emerging where existing overhead distribution facilities are being converted to underground; this could be streetscaping or could be part of a reliability/resiliency program. Join ...

Staking Technician Certification Program: Overhead/Pole-Line Design and Layout

SpringHill Suites Bozeman

This two-and-a-half-day course is part of the Staking Technician Certification Program. In this class, you will learn to design overhead electrical distribution structures. The course is ...

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Managing Expenses in Times of Inflation

Online

Costs are going up and ratepayers are reluctant to pay more. During this session, you will learn how to: •Balance the challenges of rising costs. •Estimate short- and long-term impacts ...

Staking Technician Certification Program: Unique Structures

SpringHill Suites Bozeman

This 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...

Foreman Leadership Certificate Program Part 2


“People learn nothing when they’re asleep, and very little when they’re bored," John Cleese. The Foreman Leadership Skills Program is designed to support the development of skills needed to ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings

Online

This series is comprised of six webinars from February through March 2022. Descriptions for each webinar can be found below. Webinars can be taken individually or as an entire series; ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Who's in Charge?

Online

This is Part 1 of the Newly Elected Survival Guide. Get a clear picture of the authority of the chair, members, and staff at a board meeting. Hint: It may be different from what you're ...

Raise Your Energy IQ

Springhill Suites Kennewick

The electric utility industry is undergoing dramatic changes and customers’ expectations of their utility areincreasing. Your customers now expect you to be an energy expert! This class ...

Leadership Skills: HR Basics and Building a More Effective Workplace

DoubleTree Hilton Vancouver

This course is for personnel who wish to obtain an overview and basic working knowledge of employment and labor laws that affect their business. On day one, attendees will cover ...

Substation Series: Transformer and Substation Testing and Analysis

Skamania Lodge

This two-day course will focus on transformer and substation equipment testing and diagnostic analysis, including general apparatus construction, test theory, test application and ...

Avian Protection

Skamania Lodge

This one-and-a-half-day workshop will provide instruction and lead you in the development or updating of an avian protection plan for your electric utility. The workshop will cover various ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Motions and Amendments

Online

This is Part 2 of the Newly Elected Survival Guide. Motions and amendments are the bedrock of Robert's Rules, but how to process them can be complex. This interactive 90-minute session ...

Leadership Skills: Understanding SLII Leadership Styles

Anchorage Hilton

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...

Foreman Leadership Certificate Program Part 1

Anchorage Hilton

“People learn nothing when they’re asleep, and very little when they’re bored," John Cleese. The Foreman Leadership Skills Program is designed to support the development of skills needed ...

Lineworker Skills Series: Personal Protective Bonding and Grounding

Captain Cook Hotel

This course discusses protective grounding theory and emphasizes safety and the range of acceptable currents. It also covers visual inspection of grounding systems (mats, connectors, ...

Lineworker Skills Series: Lineworker Rigging

Captain Cook Hotel

This class will increase the participant's level of knowledge of rigging gear inspection; safe rigging procedures and load control; and using almost any vertical or horizontal rigging ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Dealing with a Difficult Chair or Member

Online

This is Part 3 of the Newly Elected Survival Guide. What can be done when a chair or a member oversteps their authority or dominates the meeting? This 90-minute webinar provides ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Aging Infrastructure - Plan of Action

Online

The electric grid in the United States is aging and needs to be replaced to maintain high levels of system reliability. However, with negative trends in electrical demand and potentially ...

Fraud Fundamentals: The Construction Process of Fraud Prevention

Online

This four-part webinar series provides a framework for addressing internal fraud, which is fraud perpetrated by an organization’s own people. The framework of an effective ...

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Expecting Higher Interest Rates in 2022?

Online

During this session, you will learn how to: •Establish the scale and feel of interest rates in your utility's overall finances. •Discuss the impact of interest rates within ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Using Motions to Get What You Want

Online

This is Part 1 of Beyond the Basics. There are 13 ranking motions in Robert's Rules, and it's rare to understand how they interact. In this webinar, learn how to use them to achieve ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Interactive Practice

Online

This is Part 2 of Beyond the Basics. This session offers entertaining interactive exercises so you can put your knowledge into practice and strengthen your skills....

How to Discover Your Significance

SpringHill Suites Bozeman

You can’t achieve significance without the help of others. Fortunately, author and popular NWPPA speaker and instructor Erick Rheam is here to help you better understand human dynamics...

Privacy Issues in the Workplace

Online

Although privacy is a dynamic issue of growing concern in essentially every modern workplace, there is still no single comprehensive law governing workplace privacy. Instead, privacy...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Meeting Minutes and the Role of the Clerk

Online

Many misunderstandings prevail about what kinds of minutes serve your board best. This webinar will clarify four different types of minutes and prepare you to process minutes effectively....

Developing Your Department's Strategic Plan


During this two-day course, you will learn to help utility professionals build department- and work-group-level strategic plans that follow the utility-level strategic plan. This will help ...

Electric Utility Business Fundamentals


There are many interesting roles and opportunities in today’s electric utility. With the changes in energy sources, community needs, legislative impact, and consumer requirements, being ...

Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show

Spokane Convention Center

The largest gathering of public power utilities in the Northwest, the Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show, is set to take place in Spokane, Washington, April 12–14, 2022. ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Advanced Car Chargers

Online

There are essentially three levels of electric vehicle chargers: Level 1 (120 volts), Level 2 (240 volts), and Level 3 fast chargers. The advanced Level 3 fast chargers can have demands of 1 ...

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Depreciation

Online

During this session, you will learn: •Understand key concepts in evaluating the status of depreciation of your utility’s assets. •Evaluate the current and what-if scenarios ...

Leadership Skills: Challenging Communication


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

Engineering Webinar Series: Electric Service for the Electric Vehicle Fleet

Online

Public and private fleet operators are switching to electric vehicles to reduce costs, cut emissions, and to lower their carbon footprint. However, depot fleet charging can have many EV ...

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Margins – Getting the Return Your Utility Needs

Online

During this session, you will learn how to: •Compare and evaluate how margins impact the overall finances of the organization. •Determine the top financial priorities of your ...

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Cash Flow

Online

During this session, you will: •Determine if your utility’s cash flow is too low, too high, or just right to achieve your financial goals. •Compare and contrast direct and indirect...

Engineering Webinar Series: Interconnection of Battery and Solar Systems

Online

More rooftop solar and commercial solar are being installed by consumers to defray their energy bills, and batteries such as the Tesla Powerwalls are gaining in popularity. In this ...

Leadership Skills: HR Basics and Building a More Effective Workplace

Courtyard by Marriott Richland

This course is for personnel who wish to obtain an overview and basic working knowledge of employment and labor laws that affect their business. On day one, attendees will cover ...

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Work Plan 2022

Online

During this session, you will: •Understand and evaluate the impact of rising costs – let’s discuss labor and material increases. •Discuss the impact the pandemic has...

Engineering Webinar Series: 2023 NESC Sneak Peek

Online

The 2023 NESC is available in August 2022 and becomes effective in January 2023. There were over 500 change proposals submitted in this code cycle: new sets of rules are expected ...

Engineering Webinar Series: The Do's and Don'ts of Easement Acquisition

Online

The best-designed power line is useless without land to build it on. Acquiring easements from property owners to cross over their land and possibly cut their trees may be the hardest ...

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Reporting – Communicating Information to Achieve Organizational Goals

Online

During this session, you will: •Demystify the complexity of financial information through communication that brings teams together. •Discuss the measurement and communication ...

CFO/Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Metrics – From Scorecards to Monitoring

Online

During this session, you will: •Discuss how metrics are shaping the direction and decisions at your utility to achieve desired results. •Evaluate various metrics (operational,...

Engineering Webinar Series: Stray Voltage and Swimming Pools

Online

Electric utilities receive stray voltage complaints that often occur at bodies of water, such as boat docks and swimming pools. Join this webinar to discuss methods of investigation, cause ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...