Event Profile

Staking Technician Certification Program - Phase 1

April 17 — 21, 2023
Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Who Should Attend:

Staking technicians and engineers.

Course Overview:

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.

Course Topics:

Basic Surveying:
  • Make accurate distance measurements
  • Turn and dissect line angles
  • Measure changes in elevation
  • Conduct a complete point survey using a total station
  • Understand a basic overview of GPS and its application

  • Overhead/Pole-Line Structure Design and Layout:
  • Design overhead electrical distribution structures
  • Review conductors, poles, pole-top assemblies, guys, and anchors
  • Learn basic calculations to determine maximum allowable spans; wind and ice loading; and total guy load

  • Joint-Use Staking and Make-Ready Surveys
  • Review clearance measurements
  • Learn about strength requirements
  • Practice construction estimates
  • Discuss final inspections
  • Understand the requirements of joint-use contracts

  • Unique Structures
  • Design special structures that require additional strength due to extreme wind load, long spans, and multiple circuits
  • Design steel pole and unguided, wood pole structures
  • Course Instructor:

    Hi-Line Engineering

    Course Schedule:

    Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. Alaska Time on day one; the class will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day two through day four, and will run from 8:30 a.m to noon. Lunch will be provided on day two through day four. Refreshments will be provided on all days.

    Course Location:

    Marriott Anchorage Downtown
    820 W 7th Avenue
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    (907) 279-8000
    Room Rate: $159
    Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than 3/26/2023, to secure this room rate.

    Course Fees:

    Utility Member Early Bird (ends 3/17/2023): $2,790
    Utility Member Standard: $2,865

    Associate Member Early Bird (ends 3/17/2023): $4,185
    Associate Member Standard: $4,260

    Non-member Early Bird (ends 3/17/2023): $5,580
    Non-member Standard: $5,655


    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.

    If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

    When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact us, via email, registration@nwppa.org, or call 360-816-1457. 

    Safety Measures:

    As we continue to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 levels, we understand that the health and safety of our members, staff, and the community are of highest concern. We are asking everyone to do their part. NWPPA and local venues will follow applicable federal, state, and local health protocols. Assumption of Risk: COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is not possible for NWPPA or anyone else to completely prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend a conference organized by NWPPA and voluntarily enter onto premises where its conference is held, you are accepting the risk, without right of claim against NWPPA and its directors, employees, or agents, of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 and its variants.


    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.