Alachua, Fla. — Trained power line workers are expected to be in high demand, as more than 20% of the current workforce will retire within the next decade. And that demand will only intensify as the nation struggles to modernize an aging electric utility infrastructure.

To help the industry meet this demand and address the need for standardized, nationally recognized power line worker curricula, NCCER developed the Power Line Worker series. The series offers three years of training in Distribution, Transmission, or Substation, all sharing an introductory year, covered in Power Line Worker Level One. The introductory level addresses fundamental aspects of the craft, before advancing into each sub-discipline’s advanced training. NCCER’s Power Line Worker curricula comply with U.S. Department of Labor time-based standards for apprenticeship.

“With major projects expanding and upgrading the energy infrastructure and placing an increased focus on the qualifications of skilled high-voltage electrical workers, the release of NCCER’s Power Line Worker curricula could not have come at a better time,” said Jonathan Sacks, transmission, distribution and substation training manager for the Cianbro Institute. “The curricula provide a credentialed pathway for workers as they enter this industry and develop within it. Our company has been using all elements of the program as the educational component of a registered apprenticeship program, and will be employing the written assessments and performance verifications with journey-level team members and in the hiring process as we move forward.”

NCCER worked with subject matter experts representing industry and academia across the country to introduce relevant industry topics. For more information on NCCER curriculum, visit