UNDERGROUND UTILITY LOCATING PROFESSIONALS
Membership has its privileges and a Nulca membership should be a given for anyone working within the locating industry. For the past 25 years, Nulca has held steady to their mission – advance locating throughout North America. Nulca’s primary benefits center around education, industry partnerships, strengthening the reputation of locators within the industry, along with additional membership benefits.
Without education, advancement comes slowly, if at all. In 1996, Nulca published its first Competency Standard for training utility locators. This guideline has since become the industry standard and is currently in its fifth iteration. This Competency Standard served as the basis for the Nulca Accreditation/Certification Program. You can learn more about this program in the “DP Hero” article on Josh Hinrichs, President at ELM, on page 10.
Strengthening the reputation of locators comes through internal and external industry activities. Within the industry, Nucla is an endorsing partner of Locator Safety Awareness Week (LSAW), which is held annually during the final week of National Safe Digging Month. LSAW was developed to honor and recognize the important work performed by utility locating professionals. It is the perfect opportunity to promote awareness of the hazards utility locators face daily and to express gratitude to locators for the integral role they play in protecting our underground infrastructure.
The Legislative Monitoring Program grants Nulca members access to the Nulca National Database, which allows them to follow bills at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as becoming advocates by using their interactive program.
Additional benefits can be found at Nulca.org/ MemberBenefits and include discounts at Batteries+, Budget Car Rental, Choice Hotels, Dell Computers, Drury Hotels, Dungarees.net/Carhartt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Grainger Industrial Supply, LA Fitness, and Red Wing Boots.