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Critical Power Professional™ | Raising the bar in critical power education

Sep 27, 2019 | Nationwide Power

At Nationwide Power, we take training and continuing education very seriously. In fact, we consider our rigorous curriculum to be one of the key components that sets Nationwide Power apart from the sea of alternative UPS service providers in the market. Our commitment is so strong, that we have created and established the industry-leading credentialing and career program – Critical Power Professionals™ (CPP™).

The Critical Power Professional™ is a nationally trademarked credential program that demonstrates a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge base of Uninterruptible Power Supply systems, including all major manufacturers and supporting gear.

The CPP™ program has been structured around the following core competencies:

  • Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems / Electrical / Communications
  • NFPA / Electrical Safety
  • UPS Batteries
  • Critical Infrastructure / Security
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • OSHA Training

Additionally, CPP™ candidates must also study and demonstrate familiarization with the following:

  • IEEE Std 450-1995: Recommended Practice for Maintenance, Testing, and Replacement of Vented Lead-Acid Batteries for Stationary Applications
  • IEEE Std 1188-2005: Replacement of Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) Batteries for Stationary Applications.
  • National Electric Code

While our team at Nationwide Power employs all the training platforms that are familiar to the critical power industry, largely consisting of on-the-job training and virtual training seminars, we raise the bar just a little higher. In 2013, when moving into our larger corporate offices and warehouse in Henderson, NV, a sophisticated training center and state-of-the-art testing and repair lab were at the top of the criteria list. Our current location offers just that:

  • Hands-on training with all major UPS makes and models
  • Quarterly model-specific training classes
  • Live simulation with common UPS failures and forced load loss
  • Access to over 200 UPS units for testing and training purposes including legacy models
  • Four (4) teaching bays all with 120/208/480 power

While we wish we could round up our national Field Engineer Team for a critical power training conference, our 24/7/365 support schedule just won’t allow that. Instead, we host mini seminars throughout the year where we gather a dozen or so Field Engineers at a time, leaving our customers and remaining engineers in the field fully supported.

Major manufacturers in our training program include Eaton, APC/Schneider, Vertiv/Liebert, GE, MGE, Toshiba, and Mitsubishi.
After a full week in the classroom, and before sending everyone off to their homes across the country, the team comes together to unwind and reconnect. Even with a national footprint, maintaining our family-like culture is at the top of the priority list.

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