The acronym IPSA stands for Intermountain Power Superintendents’ Association and represents the foresight, hard work and determination of many individuals over a period of 40 plus years. The idea to have a professional organization for non –union utilities was conceived in the mid to late 1970’s by a group of power superintendents and electrical suppliers, who along with Carl Crawford, wanted to put together an association for those working in the electrical utility industry. At that time there was no formal apprenticeship program for non-aligned lineman in our region.
Collectively, this early group of individuals formed IPSA which basically is a non-union union. IPSA is committed to promoting safety and professionalism in the electrical utility industry. From it’s humble beginnings, to the professional organization we have today, is a testament to the experience and education of so many individuals… Carl Crawford, Blaine Roberts, Dick Deveraux, Rick Marshal, Byron Howells, Rod Olsen and MANY more.
In the mid 1980’s IPSA sought approval from the Federal Government to have the lineman program accredited with them. In the mid 1990’s Meter and Sub tech apprenticeships were added to the IPSA program and also accredited by the Federal Office of Apprenticeship. In 2018, IPSA sought and gained approval for a Load Dispatcher Apprenticeship.
Today through a lot of hard work, determination and many dedicated individuals, IPSA has four apprenticeship programs that are second to none and are individually recognized not only in our region but nationally as well.
Although IPSA’s primary focus is the apprenticeship training program and certification, there are many other services IPSA provides. These include, but are not limited to the following. Mutual aide agreements, Safety Committee to promote and provide updated safety training and information, the ISPA Hotline School, and a Rodeo Skills competition.