Power Line Worker

If you are driving around Southside Virginia, look for this billboard! Patrick Robbins is a graduate of Cohort #4 of the Power Line Worker program.

PLW Billboard - Patrick Robbins



Enjoy working outdoors? Looking for a career that’s challenging and rewarding? Help ensure reliable electricity for your community by taking the first step to become a power line worker. Electric utility line workers install, remove, maintain and repair both low– and high-voltage distribution lines and associated equipment and facilities. Using curriculum from the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research), the Power Line Worker Program being offered through Southside Virginia Community College covers the fundamental aspects of power line work, including the most crucial element of all: safety. During this 11-week program you’ll receive both classroom and hands-on training in:

  • Safety
  • Climbing Techniques
  • Electrical Theory
  • Aerial Framing
  • Rigging
  • Operating Utility Service Equipment
  • Commercial Driver's License Training

Earn the following credentials:

  • Commercial Driver's License
  • OSHA 10
  • CPR/First Aid
  • NCCER Power Line Worker Level 1
  • VDOT Traffic Controller

Students should be aware that this is a physically demanding training program requiring heavy lifting, climbing and outdoor activities in all weather conditions. High school diploma or GED required.

Enrollment Packet

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Upcoming Program Start Dates: 

  • February 5 - April 18, 2024
  • June 3 - August 15, 2024
  • September 3 - November 14, 2024

Offered by Workforce Development at : 

SVCC Occupational/Technical Center
Pickett Park
1041 W. 10th Street,
Blackstone, VA 23824 

Housing available on site for $14 – $16 per day - call Nottoway LRA at 434-298-0366 M-F between 2 & 6 PM


In-State: $4,200*  |  Out-of-State: $12,600

*The FastForward Credential Grant will help pay tuition costs for qualifying Virginians. Additional scholarships may also be available.


11 Weeks

Take your Power Line Worker Career to the Next Level - Gain Associate Degree credit online while you work as an apprentice.

Contact for More Information:

Suzanne Shook, 434-292-3101 Email: suzanne.shook@southside.edu

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