Damage Prevention Professional

The Utility Safety Partner’s Training Standards Committee (TSC) is working with damage prevention stakeholders to build conceptual alignment on the preferred framework for a Damage Prevention Professionals Certification Program (DPP). This program would provide a professional designation, upon successful completion for persons working in any of the various stakeholder groups ranging from construction, utility owners, pipeline (construction, maintenance, operations), municipalities, regulators, and locators…to the digging community. Basically, anyone involved in functions defined as, or linked to, DAMAGE PREVENTION could benefit from the program, and the resultant designation/certification as a Damage Prevention Professional.
The responses we capture to the following few questions will assist the TSC in developing the structure, initial focus, and administration for the Damage Prevention Professionals Certification Program. Today, we envision a program that would be comprised of 8-12 (5-8 hour) core eLearning programs relating to ground disturbance, overhead lines, damage prevention, locating & marking, and more, that would form the mandatory, or core certification requirements, with an additional (4-8) electives to facilitate specialization by industry or technical discipline area, augmented by on-going CEU requirements, webinars, and information sharing opportunities to ensure up-to-date alignment with best practices, new methodologies and evolving legislation.
1.In your current position or desired career path would you be interested in a damage prevention designation?
2.Over the next year, how many days would you be willing to dedicate to taking either eLearning or Instructor-Led courses within this program?
3.Would your company allow for you to take time off to take these courses?
4.Where would the funding come for these courses?
5.Any thoughts or comments you would like the TSC to consider as they develop the Damage Prevention Professional Certification Program?