NERC Compliance Fundamentals
October 17-18, 2017
Toronto, ON

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Interested in bringing a course to your location? Do you have 10 or more people needing training?

We would love to help! Call us at 303-770-8800 or email [email protected] to discuss special pricing and information.

If this event is of interest, you may also be interested in NERC CIP: A Deeper Dive on October 18-19. Receive an additional discount for attending both events.

Bulk electric system entities registered with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) continue to wrestle with the complexities of the NERC reliability standards implementation, compliance, and enforcement process. Full audit schedules within each regional entity ensure that the stakes remain high. Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards add another level of complexity, further demonstrating to the power industry the difficulties of legislating reliability and security.

With the increasing number of new generation and transmission projects being proposed and built, it’s important to understand the implications of being a NERC registered entity and the complicated and costly process of compliance.  This course is a great place to start for organizations that are a part of the bulk power system in North America.  There are a host of important factors to consider that can have a significant impact on operations. One of the key tenets that supports compliance, or can help mitigate a penalty, is a robust culture of compliance.  To demonstrate a culture of compliance, a registered entity must show an enterprise-wide commitment to the process. 

This course is an in-depth introduction to NERC standards, compliance, and monitoring and is designed to give the necessary background for all staff to understand the concepts and complexities of NERC compliance in order to communicate and build a culture of compliance and reliability and prepare for upcoming audits.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the role of FERC, NERC and Regional Entities
  • Review the background for the NERC standards and discuss major recent revisions
  • Explain how violations are determined and identify which standards are the most violated
  • Define a culture of compliance and its importance in the compliance monitoring and enforcement process
  • Examine strategies to build an internal compliance program
  • Examine the NERC CIP requirements: Current version and upcoming revisions
  • Analyze the audit process and demonstrate strategies for success before, during, and after an audit
  • Discuss emerging trends in NERC compliance including CIP Version 5, the Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI), the new and emerging standards on Physical Security, Geomagnetic Disturbances, Distributed Energy Resources, etc.



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This course will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Overview of NERC Reliability Standards and Requirements

    • NERC as the ERO
    • Overview of entity registration
    • Standards background and drafting process
    • Trajectory of standards
      • Results based standards
      • Regional standards
    • Compliance and Enforcement
    • Analysis of most violated non-CIP standards:  Hot spots for current versions as well as status of revisions
      • CIP
      • PRC 005
      • FAC 008/009

NERC Compliance in Practice

  • Define “culture of compliance ” and strategies to build, communicate and demonstrate a culture of compliance, as mandated by NERC
  • The role of a culture of compliance in mitigation
  • Preparing for an audit: What to do before, during and after an onsite compliance audit:  successful strategies and avoiding common pitfalls
  • Discuss the settlement process that occurs after a violation has been found
  • Recognize how NERC compliance fits with other enterprise compliance needs and risk management
  • Managing documentation and evidence
  • Demonstrating a culture of compliance to auditors
  • Reliability Assurance Initiative and what it means to you

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

This session will provide an overview of the NERC CIP Reliability Standards and provide insight into what it takes to comply with the same on an ongoing basis.

  • Introduction
  • History and Background of the NERC CIP reliability standards
  • Common Assumptions and Mistakes
  • Prevalent NERC CIP Compliance Challenges (Version 3)
  • A Word about CIP Version 5
  • Overview of the NERC CIP v3 reliability standards
  • NERC CIP v5
    • Overview of Version 5 NERC Cyber Security Standards
    • Notable Differences Between Version 3 and Version 5 NERC CIP Reliability Standards
  • Tools and resources
    • A few words about “tools” and NERC CIP compliance
    • Active Vulnerability Assessment Tools
    • Danger: Active scanning of ICS environments is risky business!
    • Resources
  • Emerging Issues and New Standards


David W. Hilt, P.E., President and Owner of Grid Reliability Consulting

Mr. Hilt has nearly 40 years of experience in electric power system engineering, operation, and regulatory activities.  He has been a manager responsible for the design, specification, and construction of electric substations from distribution to EHV including protective relaying.  He has also managed transmission and resource planning activities for a major Midwestern electric and natural gas utility providing expert testimony before FERC and state regulators for transmission expansion and 20 year resource plans.  Mr. Hilt has directed the development and installation of state estimation and OASIS systems for a Midwestern Reliability Coordination Center.  As a Vice President at NERC, he led the development of the compliance monitoring and enforcement program for the bulk-power system reliability standards in North America working closely with the industry, FERC, and Canadian regulatory authorities.  He also developed audit programs and event analysis and investigation preprocess.  While at NERC he led the investigation of the August 2003 blackout in the Northeastern United States and Canada providing the technical input to the U.S. – Canada Power System Outage Task Force report.  Mr. Hilt’s recent experience includes assessment of risk from physical attack and grid resiliency.


Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport
3311 Caroga Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1A3

To reserve your room, please call 1-905-678-0041
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $CAD 159.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 16 – 18, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to September 21, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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