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Electric Utility Planner Certification Program

The need for Electric Utility Planners is estimated to increase by 20% in the next five years due to an anticipated increase in new construction projects, grid modernization, aging infrastructure, and employee retirements.  The program at the College of the Extended University (CEU) at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP), will prepare anyone pursuing the Electric Utility Planner career path to meet the demand of the workforce industry.

The program includes two (7-week) Core Classes (UPC 100 & UPC 101) and one (6-10 week) Elective Class.  UPC 100 & UPC 101, Core Classes include: introduction to electric utility planning; rules, rates and tariffs; basic electrical theory; planner roles & responsibilities, meter spotting; overhead and underground material recognition, right-of-way; work order mapping; design construction concepts; overview of the distribution and the electrical grid.   Students must also complete one Elective Class in either Certified Associate in Project Management, Construction Management, AutoCAD, or Pole Loading with SPIDA®calc.

UPC 100: Principles of Utility Planning I

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to utility planning
  • Rules, rates, and tariffs
  • Basicelectric theory I & II
  • Right of Way & Civil Engineering Plan Reading
  • Meter Spotting
  • Lab work
  • EEI test information

2.8 CEUs

Class will include weekly assignments and a final exam.

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to utility planning
  • Rules, rates, and tariffs
  • Basicelectric theory I & II
  • Right of Way & Civil Engineering Plan Reading
  • Meter Spotting
  • Lab work
  • EEI test information

Class will include weekly assignments and a final exam.

2.8 CEUs

UPC 101: Principles of Utility Planning II

Course topics include:

  • Work order, circuits, and facility mapping symbols
  • Underground Material Recognition
  • Overhead Material Recognition
  • SPIDAcalc – Pole Loading
  • Residential and commercial design
  • Field Construction
  • Planner support tools

2.8 CEUs

Class will include weekly assignments and a final exam.

  • UPC 100: Introduction to Utility Planning I
  • UPC 101: Introduction to Utility Planning II *

*Students must successfully pass UPC 100 before enrolling in UPC 101.

Students must complete one elective course from the list below.
  • CAD 100: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
  • CMC 150: C.P.M. Scheduling
  • PMP 100: Certified Associate in Project Management
  • UPC 110: Pole Loading with SPIDA®calc 

  • Electric Utility Planning 100: $1345 (subject to change)
  • Electric Utility Planning 101: $1345  (subject to change)

One Elective Class (must choose from one of the areas listed below):

  • AutoCAD: $1,195 (subject to change)
  • Construction Management: $475 (subject to change)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management: (hybrid) $950 (subject to change)
  • Pole Loading with SPIDA®calc: $1,195 (subject to change)

Course Offering:

Spring 2022

UPC 100: Introduction to Utility Planning I
Register  Course Code Session Dates Fees Instructor
UPC 100 (SP22-1)

7 weeks of Zoom live sessions, 4 hours each session

Jan 29, 2022 - Mar 12, 2022

$1345 Steve Carpenter

 

Synchronous sessions will be “Live session via ZOOM” and you will be provided access. You will be interacting online with your instructor and classmates for the entire time. A Wi-Fi or Internet connection is required.  Please test the Zoom application before class begins.

FAQs

  • Students should have an interest in pursuing a career in Electric Utility Planning
  • Students should have an interest in technical applications
  • Strong attention to detail
  • An interest in developing project management and customer service skills

  • It will take 14 weeks in total to complete UPC 100 & UPC 101 (these are the core courses)
  • It will take an additional 6 to 10 weeks to complete one of the required elective courses.

  • Two Core Classes
    • Electric Utility Planning 100 
    • Electric Utility Planning 101 
  • One Elective Class (choose one of the below)
    • AutoCAD
    • Construction Management
    • Certified Associate in Project Management
    • Pole Loading with SPIDA®calc

No, specific utility system training will not be taught. 

UPC 100 & UPC 101 are conducted online via zoom and Cal Poly’s Learning Management System. The electives are to be determined if those courses will be offered online or in person.

Core courses will be only offered in Fall & Spring semesters.  All core classes will be taught on consecutive Saturdays. The schedule may include either an 8:00 am - 12:00 pm/8:30 to 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm time schedule based on instructor availability. 

  • Elective classes will be offered at various times throughout the academic year
  • Certified Associate in Project Management and AutoCAD will be offered on Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. (TBD)
  • Construction Management will be offered on weeknights (TBD)

  • Yes, CEU credits are awarded upon each class completion
  • Electric Utility Planning 100: 2.8 CEUS
  • Electric Utility Planning 101: 2.8 CEUS
  • Choose one Elective Class from below:
    • AutoCAD: 2.8 CEUS
    • Construction Management: 2.5 CEUS
    • Certified Associate in Project Management: 2.4 CEUS
    • Pole Loading with SPIDA®calc: 2.0 CEUS

Note:  Continuing Education Units cannot be applied toward an academic degree.

Electric Utility Planning 100: $1345 (subject to change)

Electric Utility Planning 101: $1345  (subject to change)

One Elective Class (must choose from one of the areas listed below):

Certified Associate in Project Management: (hybrid) $950 (subject to change)

Construction Management: $475 (subject to change)

AutoCAD: $1,195 (subject to change)

Pole Loading with SPIDA®calc: $1,195 (subject to change)

  • There is no job placement
  • The content of the program includes the basics skills and knowledge required for an entry-level position.
  • Students are encouraged to inquire with each individual utility by contacting the HR department.

Core courses must be taken consecutively within each cohort since a future session is not guaranteed and may be cancelled.

Make-up classes are not available.

Students can miss only one (1) class in a course.

Students will need to contact the instructor for class material when they miss (1) class session.

The Utility Planner Certification Program will be offered twice a year, Fall & Spring semesters. Typically, in Spring beginning in January or February and in the Fall beginning in September.

No, both core courses and one elective must be completed before a certificate is awarded.
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Disclaimer
The current course schedule which includes class meeting times, locations and design is subject to change without notice or obligation. The University does not guarantee the availability of a particular course or section, and reserves the right to cancel due to insufficient enrollment.


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