Upcoming Courses & Programs

    • 28 Sep 2022
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 28 Dec 2022
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Online, you will receive a link

    First Online Mini-course was held September 28
    Get on the list for our next one, Date TBD

    3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH)

    We can build custom programs for your organization!


    An overview of the NESC and significant changes in the 2023 Edition

    The 2023 edition of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) was published on August 1, 2022 and will go into effect on February 1, 2023. The NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electric utility systems.

    Even if compliance with the NESC is not legally enforced, employees of utilities and their contractors have a moral responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain electric and communication systems in a safe manner. When incidents involving utility systems cause death, injury, and property damage, litigation is often based on claims of non-compliance with the NESC.

    Collaborative Learning, Inc. offers programs on the NESC that vary in length from one-half to three days (3-18 contact hours) in whatever format and length best meets the needs of our clients.   This includes on-site or on-line programs. All programs address the origins of the NESC and its fundamental application to electric utility transmission and distribution systems, highlighting the important changes that are effective with the 2023 edition.  Longer programs will allow more extensive and in-depth coverage of topics, as well as practice exercises for participants.

    Major updates to the 2023 Edition include:

        Rules 190-195: New rules for Photovoltaic (PV)
           generating stations.

        Rule 116c: Adds EXCEPTION for providing short-
           circuit protection if < 1000 V and short lengths of
           insulated power cables.

        Rule 320B: Revised to clarify separations apply
           to communications and supply in different conduit

        Table 410-4: Adds new Table based on latest
           Arc-Flash testing on live-front transformers.

        Rule 092A: Exception added allowing protection,
           control, safety battery systems to not be grounded.

        Rules 224 B1, C1, D1: Revised to to better present
           horizontal wind clearances, and coordinate
           requirements with new Table 234-7. 

        Rule 120A: Revised, now provides correction
           factors for clearances on higher elevations.

        Table 253-1: Revised to reduce Load Factor for
           fiber-reinforced polymer components under wire
           tension, including dead ends, for Grade C

    NESC Programs

    All programs address the origins of the NESC and its fundamental application to electric utility transmission and distribution systems, highlighting important changes that are effective with the 2023 edition. Longer programs will allow more extensive and in-depth coverage of topics, as well as practice exercises for participants.

    Program Highlights

    • NESC purpose, organization and application
    • Significant revisions contained in the 2023 NESC
    • NESC compliance, legal liability and risk management 
    • Rule interpretations and sources of help for compliance
    • Recognition and correction of code violations
    • Integration of NESC requirements into design, construction and maintenance practices
    • Safety and work rules for construction and operations personnel
    • Code interpretation and compliance issues contributed by course participants

    Who Should Attend

    Managers, safety professionals, electric utility engineers, designers, technicians and all field personnel who are responsible for decisions concerning transmission and distribution systems. The course is conducted at a practical level and is appropriate for degreed professionals, including engineers and engineering technicians as well as skilled craft personnel, field supervisors and non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric utility system.

    Course Level:

    This course does not have prerequisites and does not require advance preparation; however, familiarity with the NESC will be helpful in gaining a more in-depth understanding of the code changes and their ramifications.

    About the Instructors

    R. John Miner, Tom Black, Erich Schoennagel and Ted Dimberio are effective and experienced adult education instructors with extensive electric utility engineering, operations, safety, and management experience. All four have worked with the NESC throughout their careers.  Collaborative Learning (CL) has delivered NESC programs to a wide range of audiences throughout the U.S. for more than 25 years.

    Mini-Course Prices

    In case you miss any part of the mini-course, or want to review it, your registration includes full access to the course recordings for 30 days.

    Individual cost – $295.00

    Organizations registering 3 or more individuals, per person – $245.00 

    Additional Information

    For more information or to inquire about scheduling and pricing of custom courses, contact R. John Miner, President of Collaborative Learning, Inc.     

    Email:  John.Miner@CL-CU.com

    • 1 Nov 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online, you will receive a link

    Distributed Energy Resources and the Distribution System

    Tue., November 1, 2022 • 12:00-3:30 PM EDT

    Distributed Energy Resources (DER) have become an integral part of the energy system as consumers, developers, and utilities incorporate smaller power sources such as renewable energy, energy storage systems, and even microgrids into the electric distribution system. While DER has become an essential part of the typical energy portfolio, DER interconnection can negatively impact thermal loading, voltage regulation, and protection, particularly when it causes reverse power flow during off-peak hours. Other potential concerns include voltage flicker, risk of islanding, and load rejection overvoltage due to the intermittent nature and lack of control of renewable resources. Course instructors will walk through the DER impact and microgrid study process including technical elements such as system study tools and standards and Battery Energy Storage System technologies, as well as the strategic value and business case.

    Course Features:

     Up-to-date information
     Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
     Practical examples of DERs
     Actionable recommendations to make improvements

    Course Instructors:

    R. John Miner, P.E., of Collaborative Learning will moderate this


    Sridhar Chouhan, Ph.D., P.E
    ., of Leidos will cover the DER Impact Study process.

    Mark Hardin
    of Leidos will cover Battery Energy Storage Systems.

    Joseph Blackwell
    of Leidos will cover Microgrids.

    Registration Options: 

    Individual Cost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300.00

    Group of 3 or more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250.00 each


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