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A How-To Series on Board Meetings

Online

A How-To Series on Board Meetings is comprised of 10 webinars from July through September 2020. Descriptions for each webinar can be found below. Webinars can...

Board Series: Introduction to Robert's Rules

Online

Robert’s Rules of Order is the most common authority for running board meetings, yet the book is 800+ pages long and difficult to read. This interactive class distills ...

Emotional Intelligence for Customer Service Success - CANCELLED

Sheraton Portland Airport

Emotional intelligence (EI) has been identified as the single driver of professional success in all types of jobs (Forbes, 2017). It plays a particularly crucial role in customer ...

Trends in Customer Service: A Panel Discussion on Remote Customer Service During a Pandemic

Online

Let's get together and share best practices and our experiences as we continue to help our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented time...

Drone Workshop Webinar Series: Setting Up a Drone Program

Online

Through this monthly series of presentations, leading experts will discuss the use of drones and the value they can add to your organization today. There is no need to...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Cash Flow

Online

During this webinar, participants will learn about the direct and indirect cash flow statements, and develop and practice analytical skills in relationship to the cash ...

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable

Online

NWPPA is committed to providing lineworkers throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest with high-quality learning experiences that promote professional development. ...

Board Series: Guide Your Board to Better Decisions

Online

Discussion and decision-making are the heart of the board’s work, yet often they are challenging. This webinar gives the chair the tools, tips, and guidelines to ensure ...

Board Series: Troubleshooting Online Meetings

Online

In this challenging time, we have to be able to work together effectively when we are physically separated. The skill of the leader makes an enormous difference in the ...

Electric Utility Business Fundamentals - CANCELLED

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

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...

Creating a Communications Plan – Keeping it REAListic - RESCHEDULED

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

A full-day, interactive workshop that covers all of the essential elements of communications planning for public utilities. Leave with actionable information and a head-start ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series

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...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Microsoft Teams

Online

Communicating and collaborating with Microsoft Teams is critical, especially as many are working remotely. In this course, students will utilize the power of Microsoft ...

Board Series: Get What You Want Using Motions

Online

Do you feel frustrated by the system of motions in Robert’s Rules of Order? Motions aren’t difficult, they’re just weird! Get the insights and tips to use motions effectively ...

Conectando Con Su Cliente: Connecting with Your Spanish-Speaking Customers

Online

As communities in the U.S. become increasingly diverse and the Spanish-speaking population grows, organizations in the private and public sectors are looking for ...

Board Series: Dealing with a Difficult Chair or Member

Online

Elected chairs sometimes assume that they are the “decider” and can direct the course of board meetings as they choose. What can members do when a chair ...

Customer Relations: Building Rapport - CANCELLED

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

This two-day course focuses on building the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to deliver outstanding customer service with both internal and external customers. Topics ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Pole Foundations

Online

The strength of a distribution pole relies on the stability the pole foundation. This webinar will discuss various methods to improve foundation stability including pole foam...

Leadership Skills Series: Challenging Communications

Online

This is one of three courses that qualifies for credit toward the Leadership Skills Series Certificate from NWPPA. For more information about this and other certificate programs, please see the NWPPA Certificate Program Brochure. ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Fast Start to OneNote

Online

OneNote is one of Microsoft’s best-kept secrets, and one of its most useful programs. In this course, you will learn how OneNote can be used to organize and share information...

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable

Online

NWPPA is committed to providing lineworkers throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest with high-quality learning experiences that promote professional development....

Board Series: Meeting Minutes in Robert's Rules

Online

Learn the key guidelines from Robert's Rules of Order for processing meeting minutes, gain confidence in taking minutes, and be able to serve your board when parliamentary...

Creating a Communications Plan – Keeping it REAListic

Online

This four-session, interactive online workshop covers all of the essential elements of communications planning for public utilities. Creating an effective communications ...

Drone Workshop Webinar Series: Integrating a Drone Operation into Existing Utility Policies

Online

Through this monthly series of presentations, leading experts will discuss the use of drones and the value they can add to your organization today. There is no need to ...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Investments

Online

During this session, participants will dive into the investments area on the balance sheet. Participants will learn about the impact of external investments and internally ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Microsoft 365 - When to Use What?

Online

OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams, Outlook, and OneNote. When do you use what? With the many collaboration ...

Advanced Exploitation Security Training

Online

During this three-day session, participants will work in a hands-on virtual environment that simulates a real-world network to learn the following:...

Board Series: Effective Public Comment and Public Hearings

Online

How does public comment differ from public hearings? What is the best way to manage these forms of community input? We will present tried-and-true guidelines...


Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Excel Essentials

Online

In this two-part course, students will learn required skills to work in Excel. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Understand Excel basic uses...

Using Styles and Building Blocks in Word - CANCELLED


In this course, students will develop mastery of their documents by learning advanced find/replace techniques, the manipulation of styles, use of the Navigation Pane and ...

Electric Utility Business Fundamentals

Online

This webinar series is comprised of six interactive webinars and one chat session where participants learn more about the history of the electric utility sector, the business ...

Environmental Task Force Meeting - CANCELLED

Grouse Mountain Lodge

This is a regular meeting of the long-standing Environmental Task Force that examines environmental issues and the impact of current and proposed environmental regulations on ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Excel Calculations and Charts

Online

Learn the fundamentals of using Excel to perform calculations and create charts. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Understand advantages...

HAZWOPER 8-Hour First Responder Awareness and Recertification Training for Utility Personnel

Online

Refresh your knowledge and understanding of the requirements for hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER), as required by 29 CFR 1910....

HAZWOPER 8-Hour First Responder Awareness and Refresher Training for Utility Personnel - CANCELLED

Grouse Mountain Lodge

This is required training for first responders who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and need to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper...

SPCC Plan Development for Utility Personnel - CANCELLED

Grouse Mountain Lodge

Designed for electric utilities as part of NWPPA's Environmental Series, this eight-hour course is intended as a detailed review of the oil Spill Prevention, Control, and ...

Board Series: Robert's Rules Beyond the Basics

Online

Once you know how to make motions, amend them, refer them to a committee (or call the question), what’s next? This webinar will explore the lesser-known motions Reconsider...

Critical Conversations for Administrative Professionals

Online

Administrative professionals and executive assistants have a demanding and essential role at utilities, but you knew that already. They often have interaction and conversations ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Outlook Calendaring Best Practices

Online

You use Outlook every day, and probably have for years. But many people do not unleash the full power of the Outlook Calendar. Become an Outlook Calendar power ...

NWPPA Annual Membership Meeting

Online

Please save the date for our rescheduled 80th Annual Membership Meeting!...

Board Series: Newly Elected Survival Guide

Online

You were elected to serve your constituents, but if you’re new to the role, it can be challenging. Based on key concepts from Robert’s Rules, get the tools, insights, and ...

Electric Utility System Operations

Hilton Garden Inn - Billings

This popular two-day course presents a clear understanding of the technical heartbeat of the utility by providing employees with a comprehensive understanding...

Engineering Webinar Series: Comparison of Wood and Non-Wood Crossarms

Online

Utility designers have more options available for support arms than ever before. This webinar will focus on the different types of support arms and materials used. The mounting ...

Drone Workshop Webinar Series: You Have Drones, Now What Do You Do with Them?

Online

Through this monthly series of presentations, leading experts will discuss the use of drones and the value they can add to your organization today. There is no need to...

Understanding the Work Order System

Hilton Garden Inn - Billings

Public utilities’ biggest investment is the electric infrastructure assets including poles, wire, and transforms needed to deliver electricity. It’s a complex process to take raw materials, ...


Northwest Communications & Energy Innovations Conference

Riverhouse

The Northwest Communication and Energy Innovations Conference (NIC) is designed with communicators and energy services professionals in mind. This year there will be a strong ...

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable

Online

NWPPA is committed to providing lineworkers throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest with high-quality learning experiences that promote professional development....

Board Series: Crash Course for the Chair

Online

Just got elected chair? Now what? You don’t have to learn all of Robert’s Rules to be a good chair, but you must master certain guidelines and principles. Whatever...

Communication Essentials for Success

Residence Inn Boise City Center

During this class, you will explore your own communication approach and learn how to flex your style to that of others for greater effectiveness. First, using a special assessment...

Leadership Skills Series: HR Basics & Building a More Effective Workplace - CANCELLED

Residence Inn Boise City Center

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 ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Find Stuff Fast

Online

Did you know that over 30% of our time is spent looking? Want to spend less time looking and more time doing? This course will help you find digital information quickly ...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Time Value of Money

Online

Participants will visit and build on time value of money concepts. This webinar will begin with the basic input components and built in complexity over the webinar ...

Leadership Skills Series: SLII Experience and Work Styles - CANCELLED

Lodge at Whitefish Lake

This is part of the Leadership Skills Series Program. The SLII Experience is recognized as both a business language and a framework for employee development that transcends ...

Administrative Professional Series: Maintaining Positive Working Relationships

DoubleTree Hotel Missoula Edgewater

Administrative Professionals represent themselves, their bosses and their organizations. To achieve the goals of the organization, positive working relationships between ...

Administrative Professional Series: What Every Professional Needs to Know - All Three Days

DoubleTree Hotel Missoula Edgewater

This is a three-day series of classes that provides utility-specific information directed toward administrative assistants and executive secretaries who want to become more ...

Lineworker Skills Series: AC Transformers, Advanced Theory, and Practical Application

Courtyard by Marriott Richland

This advanced two-day class provides attendees with a journeyman lineman's view of AC transformers. The curriculum includes a combination of electrical theory and hands-on practice. The overall...

Administrative Professional Series: Business Communications Across Platforms

DoubleTree Hotel Missoula Edgewater

This one-day course will cover the varied aspects of communication that Admins use daily in their business environment. Topics include effectiveness in listening, ...

Administrative Professionals Series: Understanding the Utility Business

DoubleTree Hotel Missoula Edgewater

ALL utility employees regardless of position or responsibility need to understand their chosen business. The more they understand the complexity of the electric ...

Lineworker Skills Series: AC System Troubleshooting

Courtyard by Marriott Richland

The course will cover troubleshooting problems and what to look for in single-phase problems; how to fix three-phase problems from wrong voltages and how they occur, to giving ...

3 C's Conference: Customer Service, Credit, and Collections - CANCELLED

Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown

Save the date!...

Engineering Webinar Series: Conservation Potential Assessments

Online

On national, regional, and local levels, energy conservation, or energy efficiency, is viewed as a reliable, low risk, and high return energy resource. A conservation potential ...

Project Planning, Organization, and Execution


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 ...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Capital & Long-Term Planning

Online

There are many competing demands challenging how our utility could and should spend money each year on general plant investments and long-term asset investments....

Microsoft Office 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...

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable

Online

NWPPA is committed to providing lineworkers throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest with high-quality learning experiences that promote professional development....

The Finance and Accounting Impact of Strategic Planning


This one-and-a half day course has been designed by Teri Wallis to build a bridge between the approval of a strategic plan and the implementation and execution ...

Drone Workshop Webinar Series: LiDAR Mapping with Drones

Online

Through this monthly series of presentations, leading experts will discuss the use of drones and the value they can add to your organization today. There is no need to...

Leadership Skills Series: Challenging Communications


The front-line leader's role in facilitating performance will be described, along with ways of dealing with challenges such as denial and reluctance to accept accountability. ...

Utility Warehousing from A to Z

Confluence Technology Center

This first day course is designed to provide individuals with a thorough overview of the logistics and warehousing functions. The course will also address the physical and documentation ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Excel Database/List Management

Online

In this two-part series, learn the power of Excel as a database. Topics include database terminology, outlining and doing data subtotals, and more. Upon successful completion...

Labor and Employee Relations Group Member Meeting

Enzian Inn

Join your peers at this member meeting where labor relations leaders share their experiences, recommendations, and lessons learned about key labor relations and human ...

Staking Technician Certification Program: Basic Surveying


This three-day course is part of the comprehensive staking technician program. It will teach students the basic and advanced methods of line route surveying. This course also includes ...

Foreman Leadership Certificate Program Part 1

Anchorage Hilton

The electric utility industry of the 22nd century will look much different than it does today. With the changes in workforce and new technology comes the need for new technical...

Understanding Collections and Disconnections

Anchorage Hilton

The utility must have a consistent cash flow to accomplish its work plan in an effective and efficient manner. This class provides an overview of business ...

Staking Technician Certification Program: Easement Acquisition


This course is part of the Comprehensive Staking Technician Program. Experienced line designers say obtaining the right-of-way easement is the toughest part of staking. A well-designed power...

Engineering Webinar Series: Reducing Animal-Caused Outages

Online

Since animals cause many outages, it is often easy to blame an unknown outage on a squirrel. Many different products are on the market to help reduce animal caused outages ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Microsoft Planner

Online

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

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable

Online

NWPPA is committed to providing lineworkers throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest with high-quality learning experiences that promote professional development....

Electric Utility Business Fundamentals

Captain Cook Hotel

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...

Drone Workshop Webinar Series: Procedures, Products, and Maintenance - UAV Systems Protection

Online

Through this monthly series of presentations, leading experts will discuss the use of drones and the value they can add to your organization today. There is no need to...

Leadership Skills Series: Supervising Union Employees


The MARC Union-Labor Relations program increases the skills and confidence of front line supervisors to serve as management's front line representatives in dealing with employees...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Word for Contracts, Procedures, and Manuals

Online

Develop a mastery of your Word documents in this two-part series. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Use advanced selection techniques...

Administrative Professional Series: Optimizing Performance in Challenging Times and Situations - All Three Days

Hotel Theodore

This is a three-day series of classes that provides utility-specific information for administrative assistants and executive secretaries who want to become more effective in managing their tasks and in communicating with others....

Administrative Professionals Series Day One: Positive Assertiveness in the Workplace

Hotel Theodore

Administrative Professionals are in a position to communicate on behalf of their bosses and to communicate information to their bosses that is necessary for good decision ...

Crucial Conversations

Captain Cook Hotel

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely that a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, slow ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Storm Hardening – Best Practices

Online

The industry is moving from reliability to resiliency where resiliency defines how quickly a system recovers from a major event. Although storm hardening of the entire system ...

Foreman Leadership Certificate Program Part 2

Captain Cook Hotel

Being in charge is just not enough. As crew leaders, foremen must build the skills to interact well with other teammates across all functions, work with the public, and...

Microsoft Office 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. Participants are encouraged to ...

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

Hotel Theodore

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. Employees will ...

Administrative Professional Series Day Two: Managing Time, Change, and Stress

Hotel Theodore

In today’s workplace, employees are experiencing tremendous challenges that pull them in many directions all at once. There are tremendous changes underway in ...

Adminstrative Professional Series Day Three: Resolving Conflict in the Workplace

Hotel Theodore

Collaboration among co-workers to meet the organization’s goals has never been more important. Organizations are expecting employees at all levels to work together...

Drone Workshop Webinar Series: Importance of Training - Keeping Current and Compliant

Online

Through this monthly series of presentations, leading experts will discuss the use of drones and the value they can add to your organization today. There is no need to...

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable

Online

NWPPA is committed to providing lineworkers throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest with high-quality learning experiences that promote professional development. ...