Digger Derrick Safety

The objective of this two-day course is to learn and apply the necessary skills to safely work on and around digger derrick trucks in utility construction settings. A combination of classroom lecture and hands-on training are used to develop and measure trainee knowledge and skill in regard to digger derrick operation. Successful completion of practical and written examinations earns NLC Digger Derrick Safety card and 1.6 continuing education units (CEU), in accordance with applicable OSHA regulations, NLC policy, and International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) accreditation standards.

This course can be delivered at your facility or any NLC campus. Content covers the following:

  • Critical Components Inspection
  • Call Before You Dig
  • Worksite Protection and Digger Derrick Setup
  • Digger Derrick Communications
  • Lifting Capacities
  • Rigging and Sling Tensions
  • Digging, Setting, and Pulling Poles


This 2-day course is best suited to power and telecommunications workers who operate digger derricks on a regular basis—for work within their respective industry, as well as activities that fall outside that scope (common with electric cooperatives, municipalities, and public utility districts).


  • Eight trainees maximum
  • Two digger derricks (when conducted at customer facility)
  • Classroom space (when conducted at a customer facility)


  • Standard work gloves
  • Hard hat (ANSI Z89 Class E and G)
  • Safety glasses (ANSI Z87)
  • Work boots with adequate toe protection
  • Calculator or smartphone COURSE REQUIREMENTS
  • Eight trainees maximum
  • Two digger derricks when conducted at the customer’s facility
  • Classroom space when conducted at the customer’s facility

Instructor-Led Program

The 4-year Lineman Apprenticeship Program and the (4) Utility Training Services (UTS) courses each have on-campus requirements to complete. Apprentices attend training sessions that are delivered two weeks per year at an NLC campus while the UTS courses are held at set dates on various campuses throughout the year. Attendees will receive classroom, lab, and field instruction from our highly qualified and dedicated staff of training specialists who are committed to providing a positive and challenging educational environment.

Distance Learning

The distance-learning training is offered to electric utility and construction companies for employment certification. This method is most commonly used as part the curriculum component of training leading to eventual certification, and are ideal for adoption or endorsement by utility company associations and statewide organizations. The overall objective of these programs is to certify industry professionals in the areas of construction, maintenance, and operation of power delivery systems, utilizing a distance-learning format that exceeds the standards of the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.