Virginia Center for Underground Utility Damage Prevention

Southside Virginia Community College began offering of utility locator training in December 2010.   The class entitled, Underground Utility Locating and Damage Prevention which is offered at Pickett Park in Blackstone, VA consists of 60 hours of training over a two week period.  Students who successfully complete the training will receive 4 college credits and a certificate of completion.

This class is designed to meet the needs of new and recent hires in all facets of the locating industry and will closely follow NULCA training objectives.  It will address problems and solutions for locating gas, electric, water, sewer, and telecom, as well as the Virginia dig law.  Topics will include electromagnetic theory, conductive versus inductive locating, signal strength, frequency, antennas and a host of other topics.  Equipment is available but students are encouraged to bring their own equipment (including safety vests and hardhats) to improve their familiarity with their own locating tools.

The training provides a well-balanced mix of classroom theory and field practice beginning on our newly expanded Utility Locator Demonstration Field Lab and concluding with practice locating live utilities on Ft. Pickett Army Base.  The instructor for the class is Christopher Koch, a consultant with Hance Utility Services in Minnesota and vice president of NULCA.

The cost of the class is $530 for Virginia residents ($1, 308.40 for out-of-state residents), which covers the cost of tuition.   Books and lunch fees are extra.  Enrollment is limited to 18 people.  Several options are available for lodging.  Limited but very reasonably priced accommodations may be available on the base and there are several hotels either nearby or in adjacent towns.  For additional information on the class and lodging please call LaTonya Fowlkes at (434) 292-3101.

Classes will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday.



Course Dates

Course Title


ELE 196
April 21 -
May 1, 2014
Utility Locator Training Pickett Park

If you have any comments or suggestions concerning our enrollment/registration process, please contact LaTonya Fowlkes at (434) 292-3101. Don Alexander can be contacted by E-Mail at or (804) 356-3232 for specific questions or more information regarding course offerings.