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Distribution Protection and Protective Devices Course

  • Tue, December 13, 2022
  • (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.

Electric Utility and Consulting Engineers/Designers:

We are offering a new online e-learning program that you will not want to miss! 

Distribution Protection
and Protective Devices

December 13-14 
12:00-3:30 PM EST  |  9:00 AM-12:30 PM PST

Participants completing this program will receive
seven (6) Professional Development Hours.

This program will be presented in two (2) “live” half-day sessions on December 13 & 14. All sessions incorporate high-quality presentations by qualified instructors with Q&A and other opportunities for group interaction.

You will receive print copies of the presentation materials in advance, allowing you to work with them before, during and after the online sessions. The scheduled online sessions will also be recorded and available for a period of thirty (30) days, enabling participants to work around any scheduling conflicts. 

The registration fee is: $550 for NCPA members with a reduced group registration fee of $500 per person for any organization that registers three (3) or more people. Each participant from a participating organization is required to be a paid registrant.  No group viewing is permitted unless all participants are registered.


This course provides an overview of distribution protection: protection of the high voltage distribution system from damaging short-circuit (fault) currents and overvoltages. Topics include types of short circuit currents and their determination, short-circuit current limits of distribution components, characteristics and typical applications of protective devices, selective coordination of devices for circuit protection, overvoltages, and overvoltage protection.


•  Causes, types and characteristics of short circuit currents

•  Impacts of system grounding on short circuit current 

•  Determination of available short circuit currents on
   the distribution system

•  Time-current characteristics and use of TCC curves

•  Short-time current withstand capabilities of distribution

•  TCC characteristics of protective devices

•  Distribution overcurrent protective devices for both overhead
   and underground applications

•  Expulsion, power and current-limiting fuses

•  Circuit breakers

•  Reclosers

•  Sectionalizers

•  Fault indicators

•  Circuit sectionalizing and selective clearing of

   distribution faults

•  Overvoltages and overvoltage protection


This program is applications-oriented, including high-quality presentations Q&A, group interaction, and opportunities to check what you have learned.  


This program has value for those who work at all levels of distribution design and operation and is intended for: 

• Engineering/operations managers
• Design/operations engineers and technicians

• Construction/maintenance crew supervisors and members
• Consulting Engineers


This program will be presented in two (2) “live” half-day sessions.  The planned schedule for each daily session is as follows, subject to some variation based on the level of participant engagement that impacts the pace of presentation. (All times are Pacific Time).

11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    Platform up and running for participant log-in 

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.      Session

1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.        Break

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.        Session

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.        Break

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.        Session Ends


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 president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin and San Antonio, 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 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 accomplished engineer and executive manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Tom has more than thirty-five (35) years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries including employment with both municipal and Investor-owned utilities. Tom teaches courses on such topics as electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, the NESC, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (with honors) and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Arizona. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


We are using a digital document management portal called Vitrium to distribute the course materials to you and other program participants. You will have access to the materials for online viewing on up to three (3) devices (i.e. smartphone, tablet, laptop) and for printing. No download capability will be allowed. You will have one additional printing permission in case there is an error with your first printing attempt. You will receive an email when the materials are available to access.

If you encounter any problems, please contact Jillian Wolfe of Collaborative Learning, Inc. at or on her cell via call/text at 512.657.7314.


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

Individual: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $550

Group of 3 or more: . . . . . . .$500 each

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