NWPPA’s primary service to its members is education and training. We offer over 250 events and train over 6,000 utility employees annually.

This center has been designed to help you find the training and information you need to enhance the knowledge required to do your job and to improve your skills. It is also the place you can arrange for training to learn what you need to know to pursue your next job.

Program Areas

The utility industry is a dynamic place, and through our available courses you have the opportunity to grow and change along with it! NWPPA offers a wide range of courses that broaden the scope of skills you bring to the workplace. Our experienced instructors provide classes in administrative, leadership, and technical skills that improve workplace performance, cohesion, and help you get ready to move up to that leadership position you are working toward.

Search Events

Using the “Search Events” form, type the name of the event and click the “Search” button. You can also filter by month or interest category and then click the “search” button. The filtered results will appear below and may require the user to scroll to the bottom of the screen.

Filtered results may cross over into multiple pages and will require the user to click on the additional page number buttons at the top or bottom of the listed results.

Learning on Demand is NWPPA’s online learning program. This program includes interactive online courses on electric power and its history as well as a series of training videos all of which are available to registered members anytime and anywhere. 

Take these short training courses at your own pace and at your own convenience.

In-House Training

We offer in-house courses at your utility, exclusively for your employees. For ten or more employees, our in-house training options provide a comprehensive and economical way to provide the educational opportunity you’re looking for! In-house training creates a unique and personal learning environment that broadens your employees’ skill set in a close, familiar, team-oriented setting.

Contact a training manager today!

Training & Education Staff

NWPPA’s Education Services staff works with the NWPPA Board of Trustees, a Workforce Development Committee, program specific committees, individual utilities, state and national associations, and individual participants to develop learning opportunities to meet specific needs.

Before you pick up the phone or click the link to contact one of our training managers, please review the areas of utility practice or utility departments for which each Training Manager develops and offers training. This will help you get to the specific person you need to talk to without delay!

Elaine Dixon

Director of Education & Workforce Development

Elaine provides overall management of the education and training programs at NWPPA. You can contact Elaine with any general questions you have about education and training programs and services. In addition, talk with Elaine about training in the following areas: board and management training; workforce expansion; Sr leadership and Foreman leadership certificate programs, and communication curricula.

In addition, the director of education provides support to the NWPPA Annual Conference, the Northwest Communication & Energy Innovations Conference and Women in Public Power. For questions about these areas or any of the NWPPA training and workforce development capabilities and options, please contact Elaine.

Jenny Keesey

Training Manager

Jenny is responsible for the Engineering & Operations Conference Trade Show, Leadership Skills Series training, Enterprise Risk Management, Administrative Professionals Certificate, Finance & Accounting Certificates curricula. With the help of the various supporting committees, Jenny delivers the Administrative Professionals and Finance and Accounting Conferences. Jenny also works with the Environmental Taskforce and delivers the new workshop Pot and Power.

For information in any of these areas, please contact Jenny.

Taryn Johnson

Training Manager

Taryn is responsible for the Engineering & Operations Conference Trade Show, Customer Service Certificate, Human Resources, NWPPA Labor & Employee Relations Group, Supply Chain (Purchasing and Stores) and Learning on Demand. Along with the various supporting committees, she delivers the Customer and 3 C’s (Customer Service, Credit and Collections) Conferences, and the LERG Annual Meeting. Taryn is an expert in utilizing the Succession Planning Toolkit and is happy to work with you on planning your workforce needs.

For information in any of these areas, please contact Taryn.

Dale Mayuiers

Training Manager

Dale is responsible for the annual Engineering & Operations Conference program, bi-annual Alaska Electric Utility Conference, Engineering classes and roundtable meetings, Staking Technician Certificate classes, Power Supply classes and conference, Lineman Skills Series classes, Substation Series classes, and Safety events.

Contact Dale if you have questions in these areas.



Contact Nicole if you have general training department inquiries.

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