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A How-To Series on Board Meetings: 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 and influence the ...

Professional Development Plans: Unleash Your Inner Superhero

Online

We are all superheroes, but very few of us recognize that or tap into our full abilities. Consider the traits of a superhero: • They earn the respect of others ...

Broadband Programs - What to Expect When You're Connecting

Online

Are you ready to compete for consumers? With different consumer needs and expectations, broadband marketing is a shift for many public power communicators. Whether you're ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: 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 has this misunderstanding? ...

Engineering Webinar Series: NESC Clearance on Poles

Online

Separation and spacing requirements for conductors on the pole are provided throughout the NESC. Often this spacing is reflected in the construction specifications. The webinar ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Meeting Minutes in Robert's Rules

Online

Learn the key guidelines from Robert's Rules of Order for processing meeting minutes. We will cover the four different types of minutes, the minutes approval process, the role of the ...

Labor Relations Webinar Series: All Three Webinars

Online

This is a series of three webinars on labor relations issues. You can take each webinar separately or register for all three at a discounted rate....

Labor Relations Webinar Series: Employee and Labor Relations Basics

Online

Is it alright for you to negotiate with the union steward or your employees to establish a new precedent or past practice? Does it matter if it contradicts the collective bargaining agreement? ...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Process Improvement

Online

Understand and calculate the impact of process improvement(s) to business operations • Explain and apply process improvement techniques that will impact processes • Develop and ...

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Advanced Motions Practice and Test Your Skills

Online

You’ve learned the basics of how motions and amendments work, but how do you apply those skills in practice? This interactive and entertaining advanced workshop provides...

Labor Relations Webinar Series: Discipline - Just Cause and Due Process

Online

Disciplining an employee is bad enough, so don’t make it worse by treating the employee unfairly. Regardless of your motives, that is exactly what can happen if you do not apply the ...

Labor Relations Webinar Series: Grievance Processing

Online

Most people are not especially fond of grievance meetings and view it more as an unnecessary burden to be tolerated than an opportunity for relationship building and a conflict resolution ...

81st Annual Conference

Three Rivers Convention Center

After more than a year of virtual meetings and online challenges, we are very excited to announce that we will be celebrating—in person—resilience at NWPPA’s 81st Annual...

NWPPA/NRECA BLC 955.1 Your Board's Culture: Its Impact on Effectiveness

Three Rivers Convention Center

Directors have official responsibilities but they also tend to conform to the unique culture of their boardroom. Some cultures can promote board effectiveness, but others lead to conflict, complacency, ...

Utility Risk Planning: Past, Present, and Future

Three Rivers Convention Center

Risk-taking capability is a critical skillset for utilities. This one-day course will explore utility risks and how to prepare and mitigate them; however, it will not focus on processes and ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Application and Coordination of Overhead Fees

Online

Fuses are the most common overcurrent devices used on overhead power systems. This webinar will discuss the characteristics and application limitations of expulsion fuses; the concept of ...

Labor Negotiations Webinar Series: Negotiations from Start to Finish

Online

This three-part webinar series will cover three key areas of negotiations: preparation; use of the three dynamics of time, information, and power (there are over 30 of these); and ...

Labor Negotiations Webinar Series: Preparing for Success

Online

Preparation is mandatory for success, especially at the bargaining table. This first course of a three-part series covers both the big and little things that, with a bit of preparation, can ...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Bringing Financial Value to Your Non-Financial Teammates

Online

Determine key financial information that will convert to positive financial results when understood by teammates. Practice and utilize examples for application at your utility. • Create and ...

Personal Protective Bonding and Grounding


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, ...

Foreman Leadership Certificate Program Part 1

Grouse Mountain Lodge

“People learn nothing when they’re asleep, and very little when they’re bored," John Cleese. The Foreman Leadership Skills Program is...

Fraud Fundamentals for Utility Personnel

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

This course brings out the importance of safeguarding the utility’s assets from loss or abuse by those both inside and outside of the entity’s walls, and helps identify how to prevent ...

Labor Negotiations Webinar Series: Negotiations Boot Camp

Online

Regardless of whether you use a win-win, interest-based, or some other approach in both formal and informal negotiations, you will learn the proper use of the three basic dynamics...

Leadership Skills: Challenging Communications

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

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 ...

Leading Teams


Very few would assert that teamwork doesn’t matter. We know it matters. Most of us can identify it when we see it. But do we actually know what it takes to create it? What goes into ...

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 projects have...

Labor Negotiations Webinar Series: Closing the Deal

Online

In this final webinar of a three-part series, you will learn best practices for avoiding common unfair labor practices (ULPs) and cover the many issues/challenges involved with impasses; ...

Northwest Innovations in Communications Conference

The Benson

The Northwest Innovations in Communications (NIC) Conference is designed with public power communicators in mind. This year the NIC returns in person to Build Bridges and Break ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Multi-Circuit Design Considerations

Online

Designing a double circuit line is similar to designing a single circuit with an added degree of complexity. This webinar discusses the challenges of designing a double circuit line, including...

Staking Technician Certification: NESC and Utility Specifications

Skamania Lodge

This three-day course is part of the Staking Technician Program. The NESC establishes the rules used in the design and maintenance of power systems. This course provides staking...


PCB Management

Skamania Lodge

Is your utility in compliance with U.S. EPA regulations regarding PCB use and management? As part of NWPPA's Environmental Series,...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Actual to Proposed Subsidiary Business Plans

Online

Recognize and analyze financial considerations of diversifying and leveraging your electric business • Create business plans to reflect before, during, and after financial scenarios ...

Staking Technician Certification: Obtaining Permits

Skamania Lodge

This one-and-a-half-day course is part of the Staking Technician Program. Today, property owners are more reluctant to give right-of-way easements for overhead or underground ...

IT Conference

The Grove Hotel

Come to NWPPA’s IT Conference for a chance to reconnect and network with your peers (in person)! During the conference you will have the opportunity to discuss how the pandemic ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Methods for Improving Reliability

Online

Reliability, expressed as SAIDI, SAIFI, and CAIDI, is used to help compare the reliability of a system from year to year as well as comparison to other utilities. The webinar will explain the indices...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Financial Work Plan Management

Online

Review completed projects, projected new services compared to actual, and cost analysis • Explain difference between plan and actual, reasons for changes, and future planning ...

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable (Free)

Online

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

Engineering Webinar Series: Motor Starting

Online

Mitigation of power quality issues due to motor starting on the power system can be one of the most difficult challenges faced by electric utility personnel. This course discusses how to prepare...