It is our pledge to you and to the electric utility industry to update this lineman apprenticeship program, keeping it current as our industry continues to change. In a time when the industry is facing a skilled workforce shortage, we recognize the need has never been greater for current, updated lineworker training material.

Future title updates are directed by a User's Development Board, comprised of user organizations and industry experts. All users are encouraged to submit recommendations for updates, corrections and additions. Learn more.

The T&D PowerSkills product line is endorsed by the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction.




Ron Schenk, Director

T&D PowerSkills, LLC




Cable Splicing 1 - Completed November 2017

Our recently released Cable Splicing 1 unit now features new narrator footage, new 3D illustrations, and updated, high definition video illustrating the components that make up primary cable and how to perform a splice on a primary cable using a cold shrink splice kit. Cable splicing is the process of joining two cable ends together while maintaining the cable’s original design characteristics. This course focuses on cable design and preparing a cable for splicing. For more information contact T&D PowerSkills at 1-866-880-1380 or

Pole Top Equipment - Capacitors - Completed January 2017

Our recently released Pole Top Equipment - Capacitors unit now features new narrator footage, new 3D illustrations, and updated, high definition video illustrating different capacitors in the field, including a capacitor change-out job. Pole top capacitors are connected to circuits to accept and store charges. They are used to help overhead distribution feeder systems operate more efficiently and reliably. This course covers the basic theory and operating characteristics of overhead capacitors, explains how to detect problems in their operations, and demonstrates how to safely replace them when necessary. For more information contact T&D PowerSkills at 1-866-880-1380 or

Alternating Current Fundamentals - Completed October 2016

Our recently released Alternating Current Fundamentals unit now features new narrator footage, high-definition 2D and 3D illustrations, and new examples to illustrate the concepts of alternating current. Most of the electrical equipment used today operates on alternating current (AC). The purpose of this training unit is to review significant terms, concepts, and principles associated with alternating current. For more information contact T&D PowerSkills at 1-866-880-1380 or


Recent Completed Updates:

  • Circuit Breakers 1 (April 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Relays 2 (April 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Climbing Steel Poles and Towers (April 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Electrical Safety (May 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Power Transformers 2 (June 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Transformer Troubleshooting (June 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Underground Residential Distribution Systems (June 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Transmission (June 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Climbing Wooden Poles (September 2014)
  • Rigging 1 (September 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Troubleshooting Overhead Lines (September 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Safety in Underground Line Maintenance (October 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Material Handling Bucket Trucks (September 2014) [Minor Update]
  • Introduction to Transmission and Distribution Systems (June 2015)
  • Hydraulic Derricks (June 2015)
  • Distribution Line Replacement (February 2016)
  • Alternating Current Fundamentals (October 2016)
  • Pole Top Equipment - Capacitors (January 2017)
  • Cable Splicing 1 (November 2017)

Pending Updates (In Post Production):

  • Cable Terminations
  • Cable Splicing 2
  • Locating Primary Faults
  • Locating Secondary Faults

Tentative Updates*:

  • Relays 1
  • Relays 2
  • Basic Electricity
  • Underground Cable Installation (Directional Drilling)
  • Distribution Line Installation and Removal
  • Transformer Connections
  • Introduction to Metering
  • Safety in Meter Work

*Planned updates are tentative only and subject to change based upon client commitments, user's development board feedback, or technical considerations.

If you have recommendations for the future development of T&D PowerSkills training material, be sure to take our member survey to provide your feedback.