TVPPA’s Education & Training team has been hard at work and is ready to support you and your team with expanded opportunities to learn and develop your professional skills in the new year.

Beginning in January, we are bringing our Foreman Academy to the Middle Tennessee region with classes being offered at Lawrenceburg Utility Systems in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

The three-track series provides line crew foremen with knowledge and skills outside the scope of fundamental linework. Subject areas include leadership, safety, technical and management skills with a focus on helping participants become more effective leaders and supervisors. They will also gain a better understanding of their role and responsibilities within the utility. Classes are designed for every experience level from the new line foreman to more seasoned veterans. Individuals attending the Academy will earn a certificate for each track completed and an overall completion certificate if all three tracks are completed.

Track 1 addresses attitude and responsibility, OSHA standards, labor law and the organizational impact of processing paperwork and runs January 23-26.

Revamped Power Line Design & Staking Course

Also coming in 2023, TVPPA members can expect a revamped Power Line Design & Staking (PLDS) program. Taught in conjunction with partner UTS, this program will consist of four courses rather than the previous six. Each level of the new four-course series will consist of three days of onsite instruction (this was previously two) followed by an online final exam administered the following week. By restructuring this program, TVPPA hopes member utilities will benefit from reduced travel expenses and fewer scheduling disruptions. This program will be offered at both CDE Lightband in Clarksville, Tenn., and at Knoxville Utilities Board in Knoxville, Tenn. in the coming year.

Dates for the PLDS courses are as follows:

Power Line Design & Staking, Level 1
Pre-requisite: None
March 7-9 – Clarksville, TN
April 11-13 – Knoxville, TN

Power Line Design & Staking, Level 2
Pre-requisite: PLDS Level 1
May 23-25 – Clarksville, TN
June 13-15 – Knoxville, TN

Power Line Design & Staking, Level 3 
Pre-requisite: PLDS Levels 1 & 2
August 8-10 – Clarksville, TN
September 12-14 – Knoxville, TN

Power Line Design & Staking, Level 4   
Pre-requisite: PLDS 1, 2 & 3
October 17-19 – Clarksville, TN
November 7-9 – Knoxville, TN

PLDS course descriptions can be found here.

Full Slate of Lineman Training Coming to Princeton Lineman Training Ground

The Princeton Lineman Training Ground schedule will kick off in January with TVPPA’s initial lab for those seeking to enter the field of linework. The Lineman Apprenticeship Pre-Apprentice Assessment Workshop is scheduled for January 22-27. To learn more about this workshop, visit The full list of 2023 lineman training classes at Princeton is below.

  • Lineman Apprenticeship Pre-Apprentice Assessment Workshop – January 22-27
  • Lineman Apprenticeship Lab 1 Fundamentals – March 20-24
  • Lineman Apprenticeship Lab 2 Construction – April 17-21
  • Digger Derrick Lab – May 23-25
  • Lineman Apprenticeship Lab 3 Operations – June 26-30
  • Lineman Apprenticeship Lab 4 Underground – August 7-11
  • Lineman Apprenticeship Lab 5 Troubleshooting – September 11-15
  • Lineman Apprenticeship Final Exam – November 14-16

Electric Metering Labs Offer Hands-On Experience for Correspondence Class Students

Students enrolled in TVPPA’s Electric Substation Metering correspondence program can augment the lessons learned in this series by enrolling in our Electric Metering Labs. This series of classes provides students a review of instrument transformers, energy metering, and troubleshooting. Students will have access to lab benches and software that allows for some basic hands-on exercises and an up-close look at various types of metering and the use of calibration equipment. Topics covered in the Electric Metering Labs include:

  • Terminology and Basic Power Math
  • History of Metering Devices
    • Mechanical
    • Electromechanical
    • Digital
  • Instrument Transformers
    • PTs
    • CTs
    • Burden
  • Meter Connections 
  • Self-contained Metering
  • Transformer-based Meters
  • Types of Bases and Sockets
  • Meter Constants
  • KWH, KW, KVAR and Peak Demand Metering
  • Meter Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Remote Meter Reading
  • Automated Metering Infrastructure
  • Calculation and Protection of Revenue

If you have questions or wish to register for any of TVPPA’s Education and Training programs please visit or email