Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
You can get signed up by accessing the System Operator Certification and Continuing Education Database (SOCCED) page.
Yes. However, while the online and instructor-led program elements can be purchased separately, the NERC Certification program is most effective when the student completes all the components - NERC Pre-Assessment Evaluation, NERC Certification Online, NERC Certification Instructor-Led, and End-of-Program Practice Exams (Ohm Exams).
It is important to understand that the instructor-led class does not cover the full range of information needed to pass the certification exam. It is designed to complement the online program, helping students determine if they are ready to take the exam and what areas they may need to focus on further before taking the exam.
Our NERC Certification Training program includes only the standards applicable to the current version of the NERC certification exam.
We are plugged into the same information our clients and students are - NERC standards communication, website updates, and other information provided by NERC. Our Compliance Advisors team is key to ensuring our information is up to date.
SOS has been training system operators to pass the certification exam for more than 15 years. We are the training experts, and we know how NERC standards apply to system operations. Our content is developed by Subject Matter Experts who are certified and have worked in real-time operating positions. Our SMEs have a broad range of experience, offering an industry perspective.
There are three OHM exam options: Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Interchange, Transmission Operator. Each certification option contains three unique exams. Once these exams are completed and you would like additional practice, contact (email@example.com) to have the exams reset.
We encourage you to review the material before taking additional exams to prevent recall. Exams are based on question analysis and application of what you have learned.
Regardless of the NERC exam you are planning to take, you are responsible for knowing all of the standards in the content outline. You will simply receive a higher concentration of questions in the Transmission Operator or Balancing Authority area if you are taking those exams. Be sure to take the practice (Ohms) test that corresponds with the NERC exam you plan to take.
A student may spend as much time as needed on the material to ensure they have mastered the knowledge to take the exam and perform the job of System Operator. While the instructor-led portion of the program is a three-and-a-half-day class, the online portion can be taken at the student's individual rate of learning. The material consists of 32 modules each of which can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to complete.
No, our program is not eligible for the GI Bill.