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We are not scheduling seminars for the immediate future. We are concentrating on revising and adding to our online training programs at this time.

Please check our online training periodically for new courses.

General Information

PCU Training Center is the premier trainer for the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)®. Over 26,000 participants of the following types from utilities, contractors, and regulatory agencies have attended our in-house and public courses on NESC® and OSHA requirements.

Our public seminars make great business sense—especially when you only have a few people to train at a time or you want to train an in-house instructor. For larger number of participants or specialized instruction, in-house seminars are very cost-effective.

The most common standard seminar formats are the following: (These can be modified, as desired.)

  1. Development and Application of the National Electrical Safety Code
    • Covers a variety of combinations of NESC requirements for clearances, grounding, and inspection.
  2. Tutorial on Physical Design of Joint-Use Wood Poles
    • Covers NESC strengths and loadings rules, grandfather clause, inspection rules, and the NESC allowable stress design calculations used to determine loadings on lines resulting in stresses, allowed strengths, shear forces, bending moments, etc.
  3. Utility Contact Accidents Investigation and Litigation
    • Covers NESC rules and OSHA regulations often involved in electrical or physical contact accidents on utility systems and concentrates on properly documenting and analyzing contact accidents involving the public.
  4. Investigating & Documenting Utility Employee Accidents
    • Covers the NESC and OSHA work rules applicable to communication and supply workers and concentrates on properly documenting and analyzing utility worker accidents.


Lead Instructors, Allen Clapp and John Dagenhart, have decades of experience in teaching NESC and OSHA requirements to over 25,000 people. Both have extensive service on NESC subcommittees and as Department of Labor authorized OSHA regulations instructors. Allen has investigated over 800 accidents and John has investigated over 500 accidents. Both have extensive experience as expert witnesses in testifying before federal and state courts and regulatory commissions.

Seminar Format

These seminars will be of the lecture format, utilizing MS PowerPoint slides and other visual aids and handouts, as appropriate, and will include both formal and informal question-and-answer periods. In the DANESC™ Seminars, some short, special instructional segments may be presented on video. Exercises will be worked in teams.

Customize Any Seminar

Any combination or customization can be made. For example, if you can’t spare everyone at the same time for long enough to cover the desired material, we can split the seminar and run multiple sets of each session at different times or mix and match subjects to suit your needs. Prices vary with length of instruction, the costs and time of travel to your site, and materials provided. Call (877) 502-8900 to discuss your needs and to get price quotes for your location(s). The daily starting and ending times and lunch breaks are typically predetermined based upon normal work hours of participants, travel requirements for participants and instructors, available places for lunch, etc. The hours shown herein are typical and may be adjusted as needed. If desired, the total length and class content may also be adjusted.

CRA Provides the Following Materials to Each Attendee:

  1. Seminar Workbook
  2. Appropriate references, usually including Excerpts from
    Practical Utility Safety
  3. Exercises and Answers

Additional Information

Required Course Material

You will need to provide (or we can provide at extra cost) a copy of the National Electrical Safety Code (2012 Edition) for each student. Access to the NESC Handbook (7th Edition) is recommended but not required. These items are provided by the PCU Training Center in the public seminars, but are not provided in the participant materials for in-house seminars unless requested (at additional cost).

Planning For Effective Class Participation by Joint-Use Utilities

Inviting your joint-use utilities and contractors to your in-house seminar is an excellent way to get all interested parties working together to achieve common goals. If you don’t have enough appropriate personnel to fill a class, we recommend inviting participation by your neighboring and/or joint-use utilities to make your seminar even more economical.

Continuing Education Certificates

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education programs. One CEU equals 10 actual class contact hours, not including breaks. If desired, PCUTC will issue continuing education certificates and maintain permanent CEU records for participants upon completion of our seminars at additional cost.

PCUTC Continuing Education Certificates show the following information to meet the needs of most state licensing agencies.

  1. Course Name
  2. Instructor(s)
  3. Schedule and content subject matter of seminar
  4. PCUTC Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based upon 1 CEU = 10 actual class contact hours
  5. Conversion to number of PDH or CLEH equivalents based upon 1 CEU = 10 PDH/CLEH (for use in states using 60-minute hours) and also 1 CEU = 12 PDH/CLEH (for use in states using 50-minute hours).

Professional Development Hours/Continuing Legal Education Hours

Professional Development hours for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and Continuing Legal Education Hours for attorneys are generally based upon actual class contact hours.

For states using a 50 minute hour, 1 CEU = 12 PDHs or CLEHs. Many states allow direct use of CEUs from appropriate sources. The Power & Communication Utility Training Center is authorized by the state boards for professional engineers in North Carolina and Florida to directly issue PDHs in those states.

Attendance Restrictions

Based on their instruction of over 25,000 attendees of previous seminars, CRA personnel have determined that class size limits will promote maximum learning achievement by students and allow an appropriate level of attention to individuals attendee questions. Most seminars longer than 2.5 days or with more than 35 attendees require additional instructors. Shorter seminars with larger attendance may also require additional instructors. Check with CRA seminar coordinator.

Cancellation Restrictions

If seminar is canceled by the client within 30 working days of the seminar date, the client shall be responsible for all incurred coasts.

Related Services

Standards and Systems Reviews

Many clients have specific concerns about particular construction situations or standards used on their system. If the client so desires, instructors from our sister company, Clapp Research Associates, P.C., Consulting Engineers will (at extra cost):

  1. Review client standards for NESC compliance, constructability, maintainability, reliability, commonality of parts, etc., and/or
  2. Travel to the seminar site a day or more early to review portions of the system construction or site-specific problems. Normal consulting rates and charges apply to the additional time required for these additional services. This information can then be blended into the seminar.
In-house seminars