Certification: Certified System Operator - Reliability Coordinator System Operator (RC)

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The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Reliability Coordinator System Operator Certification (RC) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who operate bulk electric systems. System Operators monitor power flows, voltages and status of equipment on the transmission system, and ensure the safe and reliable operation of the bulk electric system. Candidates for the RC are expected to have knowledge of resource and demand balancing, transmission, emergency preparedness, contingency analysis and reliability, and managing communications and data.

Oral or Written Exam Required?
Renewal Required?
Every 3 Year(s)
Renew through Continuing Educational Units(CEU)?
Renew through Re-Examination?
Renew through Continuing Professional Development(CPD)?
Does applicant have choice of at least two options from above for renewal (CEU, CPD, or exam)?


The certification has an education level of an Associates of Arts or Associates of Sciences degree or higher and has a work experience requirement of more than 2 years, or requires obtaining a ‘core’ level certification from the same organization.

  • This certification is related to military occupational specialties.