Underground Residential Distribution Program (URD)

NEPPA’s Underground Residential Distribution (URD) Program will be held April 2-4, 2024, at the NEPPA Training Center

(200 New Estate Road, Littleton, MA 01460)

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for NEPPA members who build or maintain Underground Residential Distribution Systems. 

Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of the program, participants will:

  • Have the knowledge and skill in all aspects of URD/UCD installation, operation, and maintenance.
    • NEPPA URD/UCD design & construction best practices
    • Tools, equipment, troubleshooting
    • URD/UCD maps
    • Hands-on work with pre-molded terminations and testing equipment.
  • Understand safety practices, as they pertain to URD/UCDs and related work, will be defined and demonstrated.
  • Will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Topics Covered

The classroom portion of the course will include:

  • Cable, Splice & Termination Designs
  • Introduction to Equipment
  • Switching Devices
  • URD/UCD Maps & Symbols
  • Trouble & Fault Locating
  • Cable Preparation Tools
  • Tactical Exercises
  • Final Assessment







Final Exam (25 Questions)

The hands-on session will include:

  • Secondary Connections
  • Handholes/Transformers
  • Parallel Service
  • Phase Rotation
  • Switching & Test Equipment Exercises
  • Introduction to Shotguns
  • Types
  • Maintenance
  • Operating Procedures
  • Electrical Potential Test Equipment
  • AB Chance Multi range voltage detector (MRVD)
  • Hard voltage test
  • Capacitance test point (not for grounding purposes)
  • Clantek potential indicator/phasing gear
  • Capacitance test point only (separable connections)
  • Elevated Voltage Indicator
  • Fluke (secondary voltage testing)
  • Secondary Phase Rotation (Knopp Meter)
  • Phasing Equipment
  • B. Chance Phasing Equipment (live phasing only)
  • Clantek (capacitance test point only)
  • Fluke (secondary phasing)
  • Fault Locating Equipment
  • B. Chance DC Hi Pot Adaptor
  • Primary Cable Fault Locating (VON)
  • Secondary Cable Fault Locating (Pin Pointer)


Agenda details are subject to change

April 2-4, 2024

Day 1: Sections 1 – 8

8:00 am           Section 1: Welcome & Introduction

8:15 am           Section 2: Primary Cable & Design

10:00 am        Break

10:15 am        Section 3: Splice Types & Design

11:00 am        Section 4: Termination Types & Design

11:30 am        Lunch

12:00 pm        Section 5: Infrared Heat Inspections

12:30 pm        Section 6: Loadbreak / Deadbreak Equipment

1:00 pm           Break

1:15 pm           Section 7: Transformers and Fusing

1:40 pm           Section 8: Switching Devices

2:00 pm           Adjourn

Day 2: Sections 9 – 15

8:00 am           Section 9: Test Equipment

8:15 am           Test Equipment

10:00 am        Break

10:15 am        Section 10: Fault Locating & Repair

11:00 am        Section 11: Arresters

11:30 am        Lunch

12:00 pm        Section 12: Secondary Cable Operations

12:30 pm        Section 13: Maps & Symbols

1:00 pm           Break

1:15 pm           Section 14: URD Cable Pulling Procedures

1:20 pm           Section 15: Ergonomics

1:30 pm           Tool Demonstration, Terminations, Student Hands-on

2:00 pm           Adjourn

Day 3: Review, Exercise & Test

8:00 am           Review of Day 1 & 2

8:30 am           Section 16: Switching & Tagging Exercise

10:00 am        Break

10:15 am        Section 16: Switching & Tagging Exercise Continued

11:30 am        Lunch

12:00 pm        Section 17: Final Assessment & Discussion

1:15 pm           Break

1:30pm            Completion Certificates are given.

2:00 pm           Adjourn


To register, please visit the Program’s page at neppa.org. Upon completion of the Program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from NEPPA.

Registration fees are as follows:
NEPPA Members $1,650
Non-Members $2,540

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are accepted until Tuesday, March 12th (or three weeks prior to the start of the class). Substitutions may be made at any time prior to the start of the class.


Mike Pazzanese, CUSP

Mike Pazzanese, CUSP

Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP)

Mike joined NEPPA as part of the training team in April 2021.

Mike is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) with 38 years of experience in all aspects of electric and gas utility operations, as well as contractor management, employee health and safety, and utility technical training, particularly in underground distribution and cable splicing.

Mike holds both the OSHA 30-hour General Industry and 20-hour Leadership Certifications. As a graduate of Bridgewater State University with a teaching degree, Mike’s background and utility technical training experience strengthens NEPPA’s capacity to provide top-tier training.


Please contact training@neppa.org or call the office at (978) 540-2200.

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