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Distribution Grounding Mini-Course

  • Thu, December 09, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
  • Online - you will receive a link and access code.


  • ONLY for 3 or more individuals. Please register ONE person, then the rest as guests of the registrant, in order to receive the special price.
  • You purchased the Triple Play EPP when you registered for one of the three courses. Please enter the code you received in your invoice/receipt when registering for this course.
  • Upon registering for this course, you pay the discounted bundle price for all three. You will receive a code in your invoice/receipt to use when registering as PREPAID for the remaining two courses.
    • Distribution Lightning Protection
    • Distribution Grounding
    • Surveying, Staking and GIS for OHD Distribution


Distribution Grounding

Thu. December 9, 2021 • 12-3:30 PM EST

Collaborative Learning Inc. and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) are offering this mini-course to help utility line design professionals understand the need for and properly apply grounding systems on overhead and underground distribution lines. Participants will learn the purpose and principles of grounding as well as the practices required to accomplish grounding that complies with NESC requirements.

We combine real-time instructor-facilitated presentations with videos and photos, quizzes, live polling, Q&A sessions, and group discussions. You will receive a certificate via email for 3.0 Professional Development Hours upon completion.


What are the purposes of grounding on overhead and underground distribution systems?

What is meant by step potential and touch potential?

What does the NESC have to say about grounding requirements and grounding methods on electric supply lines?

How do the properties of the soil affect the adequacy of grounding?

What are some of the established best practices when it comes to grounding overhead and underground distribution lines


R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc., of Austin and San Antonio, Texas and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with honors), and a Master of Science degree in engineering science, both from the University of Toledo.  John is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Minnesota.

Erich Schoennagel, P.E., is an accomplished engineer and manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Erich began his utility career more than 40 years ago and most recently managed the Transmission Project Engineering group for a large investor-owned utility, which served the company’s needs for transmission system design, substation and telecom site improvement, and civil engineering for transmission, substation, distribution, and telecom structures. Erich has extensive experience in the application of engineering principles and NESC requirements to the design of utility structures and foundations. Erich received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.


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

Individual: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295

Group of 3 or more: . . . . . . .$245 each

Educational Perks Package (EPP): 
          Register for all three courses, 

          save $150 ($50 per course) . . . . .$885 . . . . .$735
          You can participate live or watch the recordings
          or both, over 30 days from date of purchase.

          Earn 9.0 PDHs

Distribution Lightning Protection
Distribution Grounding

Surveying, Staking and GIS for OHD Distribution 

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