The NALTC program is offered three times per year, consisting of approximately 528 clock hours per term. Each term consists of 15 weeks (four consecutive months). Each term will be offered in September, January, and May.  This course must be taken as full-time student status with classes meeting four days per week; Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and off on Fridays.

There are eight academic classes and five field training classes, divided into an appropriate number of clock hours.  Throughout the day, training in various areas of linework will be given. Each student will be encouraged to pass the testing procedures and obtain their Class A or B CDL license. The following classes are required:

Personal Protection Equipment and Procedures

Students will learn about safety procedures, and personal protection, in the work place. They will also learn what prospective employers will expect from them in terms of safety   and work ethic. They will learn that this knowledge and implementation of such will help keep them and their co-workers from being injured in the workplace.

Electrical Systems

Students will learn the basics of the entire electrical system from generation through transmission, distribution, and conversion. Equipment, tools, materials, and construction methods will be taught in the classroom and reinforced in the field.

Basic Electricity

The students will be taught the fundamentals of practical and mathematical application of Direct Current and Alternating Current. (One-phase, two-phase, three-phase) This will give students a good understanding of what they will be working with in the electrical industry.


Students will learn how and why transformers are used, where they are manufactured, how they are connected and banked, how to read voltages and voltage specifications, how to troubleshoot problems, and how to install both underground and overhead transformers.

Personal Protective Grounding

In this class, the student will learn how and why companies work on transmission and distribution lines, as well as the equipment and methods that are used to work on both energized and de-energized lines. Relevant instruction pertaining to the appropriate procedures for cleaning lines and equipment so that they can be worked on safely will be thoroughly discussed. The student will learn how to install personal protective grounds on overhead as well as underground systems.

Rigging and Knot Tying

The student will learn how to tie specific knots, splice rope, learn the proper use of ropes and slings, learn the proper method of installing blocks and tackle on power lines for hoisting purposes, and also how to calculate hook strain and haul line tension for safe working loads.


The students will learn about underground transformers, under-ground switching and grounding procedures, and cable installations and terminations.

Career Planning

This class will explore employment possibilities a student may be qualified for. We will identify the various utility companies, construction contractors, and unions that are affiliated with the electrical industry across the United States, and investigate potential employment opportunities with them. A very important aspect of pursuing an employment opportunity is being able to conduct yourself in a favorable manor in an interview with prospective employers. The student will learn the art of résumé preparation, and successful interview skills and techniques to prepare them for future employment opportunities.

Field Instruction

Each day the student will participate in field work. This will include learning about and physically performing tasks associated with line work. There will be five main areas of competencies to be successfully completed in order to be considered passed. Within each of these field competencies there will be periodic evaluations on specific tasks that the student is expected to be able to perform.

  • Pole Climbing
  • Equipment Operation
  • Distribution
  • Transmission
  • Underground

Students will be given instruction in several other categories, and then will be asked to perform them. As each of these skills are mastered they will be considered passed.  These skills will include the following.

  • Pole top Rescue
  • Vault Rescue
  • Aerial-Lift Bucket Rescue
  • First Aid and CPR performance
  • Class A or Class B CDL

Field competency testing will ensure that all students are well rounded and ready for work in the electrical trade industry.

In addition, each student, who does not already have a Class A or Class B CDL license, will be encouraged to successfully obtain at least a Class B CDL while enrolled at NALTC. The cost for this is included in your tuition fees under the heading optional costs.  If the student fails the test the first time, he /she will have to re-take the test and assume an additional fee.