NCPA Distribution Protection and Protective Devices

  • 8 Mar 2023
  • 9:00 AM (PST)
  • 9 Mar 2023
  • 12:30 PM (PST)
  • Online, Virtual Course


  • No refunds within 10 days of the course.
  • One person must be the primary registrant, others will be listed as guests on this registration. All individuals will receive a $50 discount.




This course provides an overview of distribution protection: protection of the high voltage distribution system from damaging short-circuit (fault) currents and overvoltage’s. Topics include types of short circuit currents and their determination, short-circuit current limits of of distribution components, characteristics and typical applications of protective devices, selective coordination of devices for circuit protection, overvoltage’s, and overvoltage.

  • Distribution overcurrent protective devices for both overhead and underground applications
  • Causes, types and characteristics of short circuit currents
  • Impacts of system grounding on short circuit current magnitudes
  • Time-current characteristics and use of TCC curves
  • Determination of available short circuit currents on the distribution system


MARCH 8 & 9, 2023

9 AM - 12:30 PM VIRTUAL



*$50 discount per person for entities that register 3 or more.


Tom Black, P.E., Technical Consultant and Continuing Education Program Developer and Instructor,
Collaborative Learning Inc.

Tom is an accomplished executive manager, consultant and continuing education course instructor with more than thirty (30) years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries.  In addition to working with Collaborative Learning, Tom’s experience includes employment with both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and Investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Tom teaches courses on such topics as electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, the NESC, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. He has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems. 

R. John Miner, P.E., President,
Collaborative Learning Inc.

John is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry.  He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin Texas, a firm that presents management and technical education programs and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry. John has been an adult educator for most of his career and has conducted hundreds of educational programs for various audiences in forty states, Canada, and five overseas locations.  His technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance.  He has also served as an expert witness on litigation involving electrical accidents and NESC compliance.   

If you have questions or need assistance, you can contact Jillian Wolfe at Collaborative Learning. Email her at or call her at 512-657-7314.

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