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Safety, Education & Training Classes

Education is our top priority! Learning and knowledge are the keys to success and NUCA offers members educational resources that are relevant, up-to-date, high quality, accessible, and affordable.


As a member you can access webinars, toolbox talks, and training materials.  We regularly offer classes to both members and non-members alike to improve the level of knowledge throught the excavating community.

Crew Leader

Essential Skills for Crew Leaders


Utility and excavation projects get done most efficiently if workers are               divided into crews with a common purpose.


When a crew is formed to tackle a particular job, one person is appointed as the leader. This person is usually an experienced professional with demonstrated and exceptional leadership qualities. But an effective crew leader must have specific job skills to run a crew.


NUCA’s Essential Skills for Crew Leaders Training is a two-day, intensive course that trains workers to be effective leaders and communicators so they can provide clear direction to your crew, and plan and schedule the crew’s work to maximize safety, production, and

Dig Safe
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Dig Safe Certification Class


  Are you & your employees RCW 19.122 compliant?

 NUCA’s “Dig-Safe Certification Program” provides training to contractors, excavators, landscapers, public works employees – anyone working with or around pipelines and underground utilities – to perform best digging practices adhering to Washington Call Before You Dig Law (RCW 19.122) that went into effect Jan 1, 2013.  Students will receive a certificate and training ID good for 2 years.


Topics Covered Include

  • Definitions (as defined by WA RCW 19.122 & ID Title 55-2202)

  • Washington’s Call Before You Dig Law

  • Excavator & Facility Operator Duties

  • Excavation

  • Underground Facility or Pipeline Damage

  • Safety Committee & Commission Authority

  • Damage Prevention & Best Practices

  • DIRT Reporting

Previously taken an in person Dig Safe Class and looking for a refresher?  Click here for an online version where you can review materials and take quizzes.

CPT - Competent Person Training

Competent Person Certification

Compliance with OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation standards saves lives, and can help your company avoid costly OSHA citations and penalties. OSHA’s excavation standards require your company to have a Competent Person on the excavation site during all trenching and excavating operations. All employees must be trained in the hazards associated with trenching and excavation work.

Topics addressed during this Competent Person training include:

  • OSHA requirements for a “Competent Person” on excavation sites.

  • How to properly conduct soil tests.

  • Soil Classification Methods, Tabulated Data, Site Evaluation,

  • Shoring requirements and equipment knowledge.

  • General Hazards Associated with Trenching and Excavation Work.

  • Understand OSHA regulations for shoring, sloping, and benching, and trench boxes.

  • Identify and control hazardous atmospheres lurking inside of trenches.

  • Locate and work safely around potentially deadly underground utilities.

  • How to handle OSHA inspections at your trenching and excavation site.

  • Dangers Associated with Water Accumulation.

  • Access and Egress from Trenches and Excavations.


​Class Fee:  NUCA Member - $90 / Non-Member - $145


Class price includes breakfast, course materials, supporting course manual, and Certificate of Completion.

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MPDES SWPPP Administrator & SWPPP Preparer Certification Class

CWT will be holding a two day certification course for contractors,

engineers, consultants, municipal staff, and those wanting to learn more

about erosion controls BMP's.


Learn the MPDES permit requirements for construction and learn new

techniques and BMP's. Get hands on experience with BMP's in the field.


Course will be held in-person & virtually via ZOOM.


See FLYER for more information or contact or

(509) 947-6583

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Leadership At Lunch

                                                     Brad Humphrey leads us       

                                             through the leadership series

                                              Addressing Our Current 



These will be presented as a 20 minute Zoom interactive chat where you can eat lunch at your desk while gaining insight into leadership in our industry with "The Contractors Best Friend".  

Starting Tuesday March 9th @ 12:00 PM

Session 1 - Thoroughbreds, Fence-Sitters & Carp


Session 2 - How to Effectively Lead the Thoroughbred



Session 3 -  How to Effectively Lead the Fence-Sitter


Session 4  - How to Effectively Lead the Carp Worker

Session 5 - Final Tips to Lead Our Current Workforce

This lunchtime series will be FREE to NUCA Members Only and is sponsored by our valued Associate Member PayneWest Insurance

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Thank you to our series sponsor

PayneWest Insurance

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toolbox talks

 NUCA’s FREE “Toolbox Talks” hand-outs (a member-only benefit) reinforce training and remind workers of jobsite hazards.

Access to the toolbox talks are available only to NUCA members on (click on Safety Services and then Toolbox Talks-Index)  *Many are available in both English and Spanish*

One of the best ways to communicate safety information to employees and to prevent accidents at construction sites is through these important “Spotlight on Safety” toolbox talks. Ideally, contractors should hold safety discussions with their employees on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Toolbox talks reinforce company safety rules, warn of dangerous conditions, and describe safe procedures.

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