Event Profile

Staking Technician Certification Program - Phase 2

March 5 — 8, 2024
Flathead Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Who Should Attend:

Staking technicians and engineers.

Course Overview:

Phase 2 of the NWPPA Staking Program covers the following areas:

Application of the NESC

The National Electrical Safety Code establishes the rules used in the design and maintenance of power systems. The course will focus on the application of those rules that specifically apply to distribution line design, such as grounding, overhead line clearances, overload factors, strength reduction factors, ice loading, and underground line construction.

Easement Acquisition

Experienced line designers say obtaining the right-of-way easement is the toughest part of staking. A well-designed power line is of little use if it cannot be built on the land. In this section, participants will learn about:

  • Easement laws.
  • Land ownership rights.
  • Titles.
  • Easement descriptions.
  • Easement records.
  • Negotiating skills used to aid in the procurement of an easement. These are people skills that enable the staking technician to obtain an easement and establish a high level of trust with the customer.

Obtaining Permits

Today, property owners are more reluctant to give right-of-way easements for overhead or underground power lines. Consequently, technicians are likely to use existing public rights of way. To do this, technicians must obtain permits from the governing agency. This module of the staking program covers the information required on a permit, methods to set up an efficient permitting process, how good personal contacts can ease the process, and how to prepare permit documents and drawings.

Line Inspection

The NESC requires that a utility inspect its facilities periodically to ensure that they are safe and adequate to distribute electricity. In this domain, you will learn the principles of making an inspection, including:

  • The importance of a systematic method.
  • Elements that should be checked.
  • Different ways to perform the actual inspection.

Course Instructor:

Hi-Line Engineering

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on the first day, and the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first three days. The class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on day four. Lunches, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided.

Course Location:

Flathead Electric Cooperative 
2510 U.S. Hwy 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 751-4483

Suggested Hotel:

Holiday Inn Express
275 Treeline Road
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 755-7405

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 2/3/2024): $2,860
Utility Member Standard: $2,935

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 2/3/2024): $4,290
Associate Member Standard: $4,365

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 2/3/2024): $5,720
Non-Member Standard: $5,795

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact registration@nwppa.org or (360) 254-0109. 

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 24 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.