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Electrical Lineworker Program

Next Available 15-Week Term: December 6, 2021

Program Objectives

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Program Objectives

The Electrical Lineworker Program graduates are:

  • Highly qualified for initial employment
  • Highly successful in completing future training programs
  • Prepared to pursue a long, rewarding career

What you'll be LEARNING

Using the Three-Phase Educational Model, Northwest Lineman College (NLC) focuses education around three domains of learning: Knowledge, Skill and Behavior. Each academic course, skill competency, and behavior expectation is shaped by this model.

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Learn how to safely construct, maintain, and operate the nation's power grid.

ELP Workers in bucket

Learn how to work in elevated positions, using the industry's most up-to-date safety equipment.

ELP Workers in bucket

Learn to operate bucket trucks and digger derricks.

ELP Workers in bucket

Learn how to identify career options and interview confidently.


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You'll graduate the Electrical Lineworker Program with these certifications:

  • Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Pole-Top Rescue Certification
  • Enclosed-Space Rescue Certification
  • Aerial-Lift Rescue Certification
  • Digger Derrick Safety Certification
  • Climbing Certification
  • OSHA 10-Hour ET&D

*See Course Descriptions of the Career Program Catalog for certification details.


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Be a standout job candidate by gaining extra certifications that employers value highly:

  • Crane Operator Certification
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Class A CDL Training Course


ELP Graduation


  • 70% or higher in each academic class
  • All field competencies and certifications
  • Successful scores in behavioral competencies
  • Maintain attendance as outlined in the catalog
  • Idaho campus only – obtain Commercial Driver License as outlined in the catalog

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Training Environment

ELP Training Environment

NLC promotes a positive learning environment where students are challenged, encouraged, and held accountable. Students are placed in crews where teamwork is emphasized daily.

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Class Day

Students attend class and field training in equal parts each day, Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for preparation and study.

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Class Size

Class sizes are limited to maximize student safety, productivity, and camaraderie.

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Tools of the Trade

Students are required to purchase specific climbing and hand tools on campus. Instructors will provide a personal fitting for you.

After graduation, you will continue to use these tools every day on the job.

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Meet Your Instructors

Exemplifying the best practices and expectations of trade professionals, instructors are certified adult educational specialists who give students individualized attention to maximize learning outcomes.

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Your Campus Options

Your Campus Options

All campus locations feature:

  • State-of-the-art classroom and lab facilities
  • Learning resource centers with study areas and computers
  • Indoor lab and outdoor field-training areas that emulate actual work environments
  • Student lunchrooms

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Call 800-338-8875


Tuition, Lab Fee, Safety Equipment and Shirts: $18,750


Required Tuition and Fees

Application Fee

Paid with application

Lab Fee

Paid during enrollment process


Due 4 weeks prior to term start


Required Associated Costs

NLC Safety Equipment and Shirts

Due 4 weeks prior to term start


Optional Courses

See Catalog

*California total tuition and fees (including lab and application fees) will increase to $17,450.

For financial assistance, call 1-800-338-8875 or view funding options.


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Investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. Not only is the ELP shorter than one semester at a standard 4-year college, but it is also a fraction of the cost!

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I was able to save a lot of the money to go to school, but not all of it. Luckily, I came across the Mike Rowe Scholarship. I was able to get that money and it helped me be able to come to NLC. — Noah, NLC Graduate
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Message from THE NLC Founder

At NLC, we put our students first. You will be immersed in a positive learning environment where our commitment to providing you with a quality education is unwavering. — Aaron Howell,

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Admissions Qualifications

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start date of the term you select
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid driver’s license (that does not expire prior to term start)
  • Be eligible to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License
  • Be physically and mentally fit to participate (official Medical Release form provided during enrollment process)
  • Provide proof of medical insurance coverage for the duration of the program
  • Not have a felony conviction on your record
  • Weigh no more than 270 pounds

If you meet these qualifications, you are welcome to submit an application.