Advanced Topics in Underground Distribution Systems (APPA) 

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Due to lack of interest, the Advanced Topics in Underground Distribution Systems course has been cancelled.  If you are looking for in-depth training in URD, please consider Constructing, Operating & Maintaining URD course being held April 30 - May 2, 2019.


NEPPA has partnered with the American Public Power Association to bring the Advanced Topics in Underground Distribution Systems training in-house.   


Who Should Attend?

This course is designed as a follow-up to the Underground Distribution Systems course, and is suitable for anyone responsible for, or who make decisions concerning, distribution systems including but limited to:

  • Electric utility engineers
  • Designers
  • Technicians
  • Field Personnel
  • Anyone involved in the management, construction or operations of distribution systems



Course Overview


Learn how to improve your utility’s policies, standards, and practices for planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining underground distribution and hear about current and emerging industry trends.



Recommended CEUs / PDHs / CPEs


Recommended CEUs .6/PDHs 6.25/CPEs 7

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge


Course Topics


  • Making the decision between overhead and underground distribution alternatives, including customer expectations
  • Complying with federal and state laws and regulations governing underground distribution design
  •  Complying with state laws and regulations for the ethical practice of engineering in underground distribution design
  •  Developing and applying consistent design protocols and documentation (design criteria, construction standards, design documentation, engineering reports, and records management policies/practices)
  • The line design process and how to improve it
  • Ensuring long-life cable installations
  • State-of-the-art cable specification and purchasing
  • Cable handling and installation (including cable pulling calculations)
  • Extending the life of in-service cable through improved testing, overcurrent and overvoltage protection and thermal loading
  • Prioritizing capital and operating expenditures
  • Current and emerging industry trends



Questions? Don't hesitate to call the office at (978) 540-2200 or contact Sarah Elise Klingler, Director of Education & Programs at


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