Event Profile

Foreman Leadership Certificate Program Part 1

September 19 — 21, 2023
Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative

Who Should Attend:

Utility foremen, line supervisors, crew supervisors, and crew leaders. (It's best if the participants work in a foreman capacity, either as part of a temporary rotation or as a function of their full-time role. They can come from any part of operations: lineworker, meterman, tree trimmer, etc.)

Course Overview:

“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 lead operations crews in the electric utility industry. Activities, both inside and outside, reinforce the learning and provide practice. The activities also keep the participants engaged and energized during the long program days. The program consists of two two-and-a-half-day sessions; the sessions can be taken 2 to 12 months apart but must be taken in order.

Day one focuses on the success factors of a foreman. What do the best foremen do, or have, that makes them the best leaders in their field? Small group discussions about these factors will prepare the group for areas of focus for the next few days. Scenarios, developed from real utility situations, are introduced as case studies. We will use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator to help you see your preferential style and way of working, and the styles of others who may prefer something completely different.

Day two addresses going from buddy to boss and safety culture. How does this job change the relationship with your crew (who may also be your fishing buddies)? Group discussion, activities, and use of scenarios help with learning. We’ll also identify the most critical values that a foreman must have to rely on others and be relied upon. What is required to safely send your crew home at the end of each shift?

Day three is a recap. Various challenges will be put on the teams to build strength in adapting to changes, and pay attention to your leadership decisions, even in the midst of competition.

Course Instructor:

Elaine Dixon, EDMLearning

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on day one; the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on days one and two, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on day three. Lunch will be provided on days one and two; refreshments will be provided every day.

Course Location:

Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative
150 Cooperative Way
Huntley, MT 59037
(406) 348-3411

Recommended Hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn
2465 Grant R
Billings, MT 59102

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 8/19/2023): $1,450
Utility Member Standard: $1,525

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 8/19/2023): $2,175
Associate Member Standard: $2,250

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 8/19/2023): $4,350
Non-Member Standard: $4,425

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted with a full refund as follows:

For webinars and virtual classes, if the request is made at least five days prior to the course, then 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

For in-person events, the following fee structure applies: 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 because NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 15 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

This course qualifies for 15 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.