RUBA Training

Available Courses

The Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA) program offers training in various locales statewide on a cost reimbursable basis. Participants may earn CORE CEU’s for operator certification, college credits in conjunction with the University of Fairbanks, or score points on sanitation funding applications.

Below is a list of Rural Utility Business Advisor courses offered by the DCRA. You can also:

Program Training Description
Rural Utility Business Advisor Clerks Management for Rural Utilities Covers skills needed to work effectively as a clerk within a small rural utility. Topics include a clerk’s roles and responsibilities concerning public relations, meetings, office and records management, elections, financial management, and ordinances and resolutions.
Rural Utility Business Advisor Elected Officials Management for Rural Utilities Provides an overview of government for community leaders in rural Alaska. Topics include an official’s roles and responsibilities, the Open Meetings Act, parliamentary procedure, ordinances and resolutions, financial management, and sustainability.
Rural Utility Business Advisor Financial Management for Rural Utilities Provides an overview of financial operations for rural utilities. Topics cover basic processes and procedures for financial reporting, fund accounting, budgeting, collections, risk management, audits, and rate setting.
Rural Utility Business Advisor Introduction to Rural Utility Management Covers principles and practices for managing small water and wastewater facilities in rural Alaska. Topics include basic terms, key concepts, and an overview of five utility management functions: personnel, financial, organizational, planning, and operations management.
Rural Utility Business Advisor Operational Management for Rural Utilities Offers specific skills and knowledge that a manager needs to oversee a rural utility. A manager needs to understand an operator’s duties and the time needed to perform those duties. Topics include safety, operations and maintenance scheduling, data collection and reporting, public relations, inventory control, and contingency planning.
Rural Utility Business Advisor Organizational Management for Rural Utilities Describes organizations that may own and operate water and wastewater facilities. Topics include governance, authority and accountability, level of service, customer agreements, roles and responsibilities, the utility ordinance, and regulations.
Rural Utility Business Advisor Personnel Management for Rural Utilities Presents tools a rural utility manager needs to maintain a productive work force. Topics include personnel policies and procedures, safety policies and programs, selecting and hiring staff, orientation and training, regulations and the law, communications and conflict, and motivation and management.
Rural Utility Business Advisor Planning Management for Rural Utilities Details the planning process as applied to managing small water and wastewater facilities in rural Alaska. Topics cover how and why to get the public involved in planning, developing and evaluating water/wastewater alternatives, and starting a construction project.