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Vendor Registration Now Open for the 2020 IAMU Broadband Conference

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The 2020 Broadband Conference will be held March 18-19 at the Holiday Inn Airport in Des Moines.  Registration for vendors interested in an exhibit table or sponsorship is now open.

Click here to register.

Tags:  Broadband  Broadband Conference 

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NCCER Classes Set for January and February

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

IAMU will be holding NCCER trainings and testings throughout 2020. We will start the year with telescoping boom and rigger classes in January and February. The classes will be held at the IAMU Office in Ankeny.

For more information about any of the NCCER trainings, visit

Tags:  Mobile Crane  NCCER 

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2020 APPA Smart Energy Provider Application is Now Open! Deadline is April 30.

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation is a best practices designation for utilities that show commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, renewable energy, and environmental initiatives.

Now in its second year, the SEP program aims to garner national recognition for utility efforts to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainability while providing affordable electric service. Additionally, obtaining the SEP designation will help public power utilities benchmark and evaluate their work in these areas against a set of industry best practices.

Currently 67 public power utilities hold an SEP designation.

For more information—or to start your application—visit Questions on the program? Contact

Tags:  APPA  Energy  Energy Efficiency  SEP 

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FMCSA Clearinghouse: What you need to know

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The FMCSA Clearinghouse purpose is to provide a place where any Drug or Alcohol violations will be reported and record will be kept. This was done to ensure employers have a reliable source to obtain this information. Previously, this information was obtained from the previous employers; however, not all requests were being filled out and returned to the prospective employers. This does not replace the need for driving records. This annual query is in addition to the annual driving record report. The annual query is for commercial driver license holders who are included in the driver pool for random testing.  

Driver registration is only needed to be completed by drivers if:

  • They are looking for new employment where they would be using their commercial license. Drivers who are already with an employer and have no intentions of leaving are not required to register. If a driver is not registered only a Limited query can be obtained for that driver.

  • There are any drug or alcohol violations, whether they are previously known or found on the Limited Query. This allows the driver the ability to provide proof that the violation has been resolved. The employer will then be able to get a Full Query as follow-up that will show violations as resolved or unresolved.

A Limited Query meets the requirements for the annual query for each Commercial Vehicle driver. The only time a Full Query is needed is if there are any violations on the drivers record or you are hiring a new driver. The cost for a query is the same for either a full or limited query. 

Always remember you MUST have the driver’s written consent to obtain a query. Part of the driver’s registration process involves the drivers filling out and electronically signing a consent form. The following link is for a sample consent form provided by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association for current drivers, .

The FMCSA has put together a very good FAQ page, , if you have any other questions. This FAQ page is sorted for drivers and employers to help to speed up your search for answers.

Tags:  Clearinghouse  FMCSA 

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Make Plans to Attend an Iowa One Call Meeting

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Iowa One Call is taking reservations for its January and March Excavation Safety Awareness Program around the state. There are 17 dates and locations from which to choose. The event is free.

For all meetings, registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch served at 12 p.m., and a presentation at 12:45 p.m. The meetings will close at 1:45 p.m. with a Q&A session and raffle drawing.

This year, event organizers will:

  • Provide an overview of Iowa One Call protocol
  • Focus on the importance of communication lines
  • Educate attendees on private facilities
  • Discuss best practices for communication between contractor and locating firms
  • Instruct on how to effectively use NextGen for accurate and timely locates.

For Iowa One Call to continue providing complimentary meals and door prizes at the meetings, all attendees who preregister for a meeting must commit to attending the meeting or provide advance notice of any foreseeable cancellations. Event organizers ask that organizations refrain from registering a large number of personnel if it is at all likely that some may not be able to attend. Additionally, all preregistered personnel should mark their calendars accordingly to avoid scheduling conflicts. Event organizers would appreciate at least two-weeks advance notice of any cancellations. If it is known at any time, however, that a pre-registrant is unable to attend, event organizers ask that you notify us as soon as possible.

Here is the Link to registration page.

Tags:  811  Iowa One Call  Safety 

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