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Distribution Lightning Protection Mini-Course

  • Thu, January 06, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
  • You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.


  • You purchased the discounted 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 to use when registering as PREPAID for the remaining two courses.
    • Distribution Lightning Protection
    • Distribution Grounding
    • Surveying, Staking and GIS for OHD Distribution

 Virtual Mini-Course:

Distribution Lightning Protection

3.0 PDH Certificate

The Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) and Collaborative Learning Inc. are offering this Mini-course to help utility line design professionals understand the need for and properly apply lightning protection on overhead and underground distribution lines. Participants will learn the theory of lightning surges, the principles and practices of insulation coordination, and the application of lightning arresters for line and equipment protection.

This mini-course combines real-time instructor-facilitated presentations with videos and photos, quizzes, live polling, Q&A sessions, and group discussions. A video recording will be made available for your review, for 30 days after the course.

Course Highlights:

•  What is the nature of lightning and lightning surges
   on electric distribution lines?

• What is meant by BIL and how does it apply to
  distribution components?

• What is meant by insulation coordination and how
  do we achieve it?

• How is a lightning arrester designed and how does
  it work to protect line components?

• How are lightning arresters rated and properly
  applied on distribution lines?


R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is nationally known and respected for his subject area knowledge of utility enterprises and his skills as a consultant and facilitator.  John 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’s 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. John has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, as General Manager of the Rochester, Minnesota Public Utilities, and as Senior Engineer/Project Manager for the Toledo Edison Company. His academic experience includes an appointment as Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of Houston’s College of Technology. Mr. Miner 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.

Tom Black, P.E.  is an independent consultant and course instructor in the electric and gas utility industry.  His experience includes 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. His range of experience in the utility industry covers 30 years and includes planning and engineering, standards, Construction and Maintenance Manager, Energy Delivery General Manager and Chief Energy Officer responsible for all aspects of energy supply, electric transmission and distribution and gas distribution. Tom has significant utility experience in the development of tracking and reporting electric and gas system performance metrics. Results were used in the development of targeted maintenance and replacement programs intended to improve system performance and manage overall costs. As the Energy Delivery General Manager, Mr. Black was responsible for the development of Colorado Springs Utilities first NERC compliance program. Tom has served on the boards of RMEL and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities CAMU and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis with honors and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Arizona. 


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) . . . . .$890 . . . . .$740
          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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