Posted On: February 19, 2018

How Does NERC Ensure Compliance?

NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) ensures safety and efficiency in all generation and distribution companies through standards compliance, including:

  1. Power plant monitoring
  1. Standards enforcement
  1. Registration and recognition of power system operators
  1. Certification of compliant power plants and companies
  1. Regional compliance and monitoring of certified power plant companies

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What is NERC System Operator Certification?

NERC’s System Operator Certification Program seeks to ensure system operators meet minimum qualifications. System operators handle the bulk power system during normal and emergency operations in power plant control rooms. To earn certification, an operator passes an exam. There are four exams: Reliability Exam, Balancing, Interchange, and Transmission Exam, Transmission Exam, and Balancing Exam. To maintain their certification, operators must complete NERC‐approved continuing education every three years. What is NERC SOCCED? “SOCCED” stands for System Operator Certification and Continuing Education Database, and it is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the application operators can use to earn certification and track and manage certification and training. Every three years, operators must complete continuing education to maintain their NERC certification. To log in or set up an account, access NERC SOCCED here.

What Can You Do with NERC SOCCED?

NERC SOCCED can be used to perform many of the steps to acquire and maintain NERC certification, including:

  • Open an account
  • Request an Authorization to Test (ATT)
  • Issue a certificate number after a candidate has passed an exam
  • Learning providers can add continuing education hours earned by the certified operators
  • Track continuing education hours
  • Print certificates
  • Review continuing education hours

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