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  • 09 Sep 2021 11:16 PM | Anonymous

    Updated info about WITPAC and GE is coming to talk


    DON'T MISS OUR CONFERENCE CALL

    * Sunday * September 12, 2021

    8:00 PM Eastern 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific

    (855) 212-0212 Pin: 254 004 265#

    We are also on Facebook live

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalpca/

    The National Pilot Car Association continues to work hard to inform as best we can.

    Jamie France :General Electric Renewable Energy Onshore Wind

    Logistics Quality & Safety Engineer

    Ms. France will be joining us Sunday, September 12, 2021, for our monthly NPCA conference call.


    WITPAC Details

    WITPAC certification:

    does not replace current state P/EVO (pilot/escort vehicle operators) certifications/licenses; it is in addition to them.

    is accessible to all wind industry transportation professionals including drivers and P/EVOs.

    will expire every 3 years.

    The training program is organized into five modules.

    1. Teamwork

    2. Route Surveys

    3. Pre- and Post-Trip Meetings

    4. High Pole & Front Escort

    5. Rear Steer & Rear Escort

    Watch this video for an overview of the training program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWGDpI6j5qQ

    To become WITPAC certified: https://www.esc.org/about/related-article/witpac-training/ 

    NAPVSA: This webpage is the official source for information on the WITPAC initiative. Check back here for updates.

    https://www.napvsa.org/witpac?fbclid=IwAR25aBcSlLUtK914OpJ00mcG8Drp6IwP73FiOvuIzgsERT7AZfStyphzki0

    Cost is $300 per student. WITPAC qualifies for individual SC&RA scholarships; contact Jackie Roskos, Director SC&R Foundation, www.scr-foundation.org


    Achieving certification is a two-step process.


    Step 1: Self-Directed On-Line Study.

    Students can complete all five modules, associated quizzes, and the preparatory exam on-line at their own pace, and in multiple sessions if they wish.

    The Self-Directed portion allows the student to study when it is convenient for them, and to go back and review previous modules as they move forward in training.

    The time needed to complete the Self-Directed On-line Study will vary from person to person, but we recommend planning 4 to 6 hours for it. We recommend starting the Self-Directed On-Line Study at least one week before your instructor-led class day.


    Step 2: Instructor-Led Training & Exam.

    Students must participate in a full day of training (either on-line interactive, or in-person) and pass the final exam with a score of 90% or better.

    The instructor-led class is 8 hours long, including exam time.

    The exam is "open book" and will be given at the end of the instructor-led training day.

    Registration opens 27 September 2021, at which time the On-Line Study materials will be available.

    All WITPAC Authorized Training Providers (ATPs) are working now to set-up instructor-led class schedules beginning October 2021.

    There are currently three WITPAC Authorized Training Providers (ATPs):

    Evergreen Safety Council www.esc.org/witpac

    Sophie Merwick, Operations Manager, 425-814-3868, witpac@esc.org

    Current instructors: Rick Nault, Amanda Moore, Patricia Auvil

    Options: Live on-line delivery (Zoom) nation-wide, or in-person classes in WA, OR, CA, ID, MT, TX, OK, LA.

    Online classes will be posted on their class schedule calendar or can be custom/privately scheduled for groups.

    Pit Row Group www.pitrowgroup.com

    Michael J. Morgan, 256-375-0141, michael@pitrowgroup.com

    Multiple Instructors.

    Options: In-person classes in multiple states including but not limited to AL, FL, TX, VA, OH, IL, KS, MN.


    Colorado Safety Association https://www.coloradosafety.org/

    Chris Baker, Program Manager, chris@coloradosafety.org

    Current instructors: Tatiana Chapman, Mark Ashby


    Options: In-person classes in CO, KS, WY, UT, NM, AZ.

    Students should follow these steps to get certified:

    Student should choose an ATP based on the instructor-led class availability that suits their needs. Contact ATPs and/or check their websites for instructor-led class schedules.

    Student must register with the ATP for the instructor-led class of their choice based on location, date & time.

    ATP will then give the student access to the self-directed online course work.

    Student will complete the self-directed online course work and the prep exam at their own pace.

    Student will attend & participate in the instructor-led session and final exam.


    The ATP files the exam results with ESC.

    If the student passes the exam, ESC issues the certification card to the student, and keeps record of the certification.

    Notify the carrier(s) you work for that you are WITPAC certified and give them a copy of your certification card.


    Carrier Responsibility

    Assuring their P/EVOs and drivers are properly trained and certified.

    Tracking and keeping records of the training and certification of their personnel.

    TIP: Carriers should create a by-name list of all their Wind Industry personnel that need certification.

    Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators (P/EVOs) including rear steerpersons

    OS/OW drivers and/or all drivers that use P/EVOs


    Carrier’s key staff (safety managers, support personnel, etc.)

    TIP: Carriers can contact ATPs listed above to set up instructor-led classes.

    Request locations & dates that are best for your personnel to attend (either in-person or online via Zoom).

    Classes attended by drivers & P/EVOs that often work together will enhance the “teamwork” aspects of the training.



  • GE

    31 Aug 2021 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    DON'T MISS OUR CONFERENCE CALL

    * Sunday *

    September 12, 2021

    8:00 PM Eastern 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific

    (855) 212-0212

    Pin: 254 004 265#

    We are also on Facebook live

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalpca/

    Call in and listen to us discuss our industry and hear what new information we are learning about PEVOs.

    The National Pilot Car Association continues to work hard to inform as best we can.

    Jamie France

    General Electric Renewable Energy Onshore Wind

    Logistics Quality & Safety Engineer

    Ms. France will be joining us Sunday, September 12, 2021, for our monthly NPCA conference call. She has over 30 years of experience in logistics, manufacturing planning and scheduling, and safety including 5 years in the Army. Along with these accomplishments, Jamie has 10 years of logistics experience focused specifically on the wind industry. During this call, her main objective will be addressing the WITPAC certification and the expectations for the OS/OW drivers and pilot cars in the wind industry. The NPCA requests that everyone watches the video (link below) before the call. The video will establish the basics so that we can spend the time on the call answering deeper questions and discussing concerns. If anyone has any follow-up questions or concerns prior to the conference call, please submit in an email by September 10th. Please be reminded we will have limited time on the call, so if we can get your questions, that the video does not address, we can get your answer prior to the conference call.

    What is WITPAC certification? Video: https://youtu.be/LWGDpI6j5qQ 

    • WITPAC stands for Wind Industry Transportation Professional Advanced Certification
    • Cost per student is $300

    We are looking forward to hearing you on the call!

    National Pilot Car Association

    Office: (205) 392-8867

    Email: info@nationalpca.org

    Address: PO Box 622, Lincoln, AL 35096


  • 31 Aug 2021 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    The Natural Pilot Car Association would like to take this opportunity to send prayers to all those affected by the recent railroad incident. Thankfully there were only minor injuries and no lives lost. We are asking the industry to please be patient, allow all involved and the proper authorities to investigate the situation and release their findings in due time. NPCA understands there are many strong feelings and opinions about the recent events, however, during this difficult time we must come together to support our industry brothers and sisters. “the thing that "makes us human. We have minds. We make our own choices and live by them. We shape our own lives with how we behave towards others.” Raymond Khoury, The Sign


    Sincerely, 

    National Pilot Car Association 



  • 25 Jul 2021 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    DON'T MISS OUR CONFERENCE CALL TONIGHT

    * Sunday *

    July 25, 2021

    8:00 PM Eastern 5:00 PM Pacific

    (855) 212-0212

    Pin: 254 004 265#

    We are also on Facebook live

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalpca

    Call in and listen to us discuss our industry and hear what new information we are learning about PEVOs.

    Set you clocks now for our conference call!  You don't want to miss this one.

    Our calls are always on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 8:00 PM Eastern, so mark your calendar and set your clock.

    This is an open call with members and non-members alike from across our wonderful nation. Here's your chance to ask questions and voice your view on anything and everything concerning the Pilot Car industry. Or, you can just dial in and listen.

    We are looking forward to hearing you on the call!


  • 13 Jun 2021 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    National Pilot Car Association

    "So everyone gets home safe"

     

     

    DON'T MISS OUR CONFERENCE CALL

    * Sunday * 06/13/2021

    8:00 PM Eastern 5:00 PM Pacific 

    (855) 212-0212

    Pin: 254 004 265#

    We are also on Facebook live 

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalpca

    Call in and listen to us discuss our industry and hear what new information we are learning about PEVOs.

    Set you clocks now for our conference call!  You don't want to miss this one. 

    Our calls are always on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 8:00 PM Eastern, so mark your calendar and set your clock.

    This is an open call with members and non-members alike from across our wonderful nation. Here's your chance to ask questions and voice your view on anything and everything concerning the Pilot Car industry. Or, you can just dial in and listen. 

    We are looking forward to hearing you on the call!

     

    National Pilot Car Association: +1 (205) 392-8867

    Email: info@nationalpca.org

    Address: PO Box 622, Lincoln, AL 35096


  • 12 May 2021 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    DON'T MISS OUR CONFERENCE CALL

    * Sunday *

    May 16, 2021

    8:00 PM Eastern 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific

    (855) 212-0212

    Pin: 254 004 265#

    We are also on Facebook live

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalpca/

    Call in and listen to us discuss our industry and hear what new information we are learning about PEVOs.

    The National Pilot Car Association continues to work hard to inform as best we can. Thus far this is the information that has been giving to us regarding the WITPAC certification. Please click the links below for other sources that also provides updated information regarding the certification.

    Evergreen Safety Council Learn more at:  https://www.esc.org/witpac

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0IZ1n80xQQqtD7aJ5dOZ4g

    The WITPAC training course and certification will be administered by Evergreen Safety Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transportation safety. WITPAC is an initiative of a group of industry leaders including GE Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa, and Vestas. Program development has taken place with the cooperation of transportation safety experts including Pit Row Legal Solutions and several specialized carriers in the wind industry.

    Pit Row

    Pit Row's Steven Todd and Michael Morgan sit down with GE's Jamie France to discuss WITPAC! Part Two will be released soon!For more information check out www.pitrowlegal.com/witpac

    WITPAC - Wind Industry Training P/EVO Advanced Certification with Jamie France - Part One

    https://www.pitrow.co/podcast/episode/4a2d7d89/witpac-wind-industry-training-pevo-advanced-certification-with-jamie-france-part-one  

    WITPAC - Wind Industry Training P/EVO Advanced Certification with Jamie France - Part Two

    https://www.pitrow.co/podcast/episode/4a8ab6b9/witpac-wind-industry-training-pevo-advanced-certification-with-jamie-france-part-two  

    We are looking forward to hearing you on the call!


  • 11 Apr 2021 6:22 PM | Anonymous

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Address: PO Box 266, Lincoln, AL  35096

Phone: (205) 392-8867

Email: info@nationalpca.org

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