NOS are a benchmark of the knowledge and abilities needed to be competent in a particular occupation. Developed by current job incumbents, NOS are a collection of the individual competencies that make up the whole picture of an occupation.
Power System Operators work in control centres to ensure the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the transmission and distribution system through the use of specialized tools and software.
The following North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) administers the following certifications that are relevant to power transmission:
• Transmission Operator (TOP) certification
• Reliability Operator certification
• Balancing and Interchange Operator certification
• Balancing, Interchange and Transmission Operator certification
Transmission Operator (TOP) certification is required for performing all transmission operations. Certification for reliability and balancing/interchange may also be required for operators who perform these functions within their respective control centres. Certifications are maintained by meeting continuing education requirements every three years.