Public Awareness & Training - Virginia811

Public Awareness & Training

Virginia 811 Public Awareness & Training (PAT)

The Virginia 811 Public Awareness & Training (PAT) team actively promotes safe digging practices statewide. We participate in community and industry events, advocating for 811 and stressing the significance of preventing underground utility damage. Additionally, we provide online and in-person training sessions for industry professionals.

Virginia 811 Public Awareness & Training (PAT) Team

Brian Morehouse 
[email protected] 
Manager of Public Awareness

Fernando Mendez
[email protected]
Northern VA

Joseph Sparrow 
[email protected] 
Western & Southwestern VA

Molly Avery
[email protected] 
Eastern & Central VA

Tim Poole 
[email protected]
Public Awareness


PAT Services

Virginia 811 PAT Training

Virginia 811 provides free training on Virginia’s Damage Prevention Act, the one-call process, and our web-based applications. We also participate in a variety of safety day and civic events annually.

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PAT Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Stakeholders

Important safe digging messaging should be easily accessible to everyone who works near underground utility lines, regardless of the language they speak. If you need 811 damage prevention training in Spanish, please contact us as the link below to schedule a 30-minute onsite training session.

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LDPC Meeting Support

The Virginia 811 PAT team supports and promotes Local Damage Prevention Committee (LDPCC) meetings throughout Virginia. LDPC meetings provide an optimal forum where local stakeholders can share information and perspectives while working together on all damage prevention issues.

Industry Event Participation & Promotion

Our Virginia 811 PAT team hosts and attends a number of vendor trainings, conventions, trade shows and community events throughout Virginia to promote 811 and damage prevention. To learn more about these events, or to participate, visit the Virginia 811 Events calendar.

 

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Training Materials and Supplies Request

If your organization requires Virginia 811 educational or training materials, please submit your request at the form below.

Assorted VA811 training collateral including a colorful bumper sticker, Virginia Professional Excavator's manual, and APWA color code cards

Virginia 811 Display Truck & Table Requests

Virginia 811 provides marketing and event support through our Virginia 811 Display Truck and Table requests to our Members, Excavator community, and in-kind organizations.


Additional Training Resources

Virginia 811 Academy

The Academy is where you will find the training you need to fill out a notice of excavation. This training is referred to as Web Ticket Entry (WTE) training. The WTE application is intended for professional excavators. By using the system at this level, users become very familiar with the notification requirements. It is designed for those users with large ticket volumes.

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Web Ticket Entry (WTE) Teleconference Request Training

Virginia 811 provides free training on Virginia’s Damage Prevention Act, the one-call process, and our web-based applications. We also participate in a variety of safety day and civic events annually.

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WTE Requirements

The Virginia 811 Web Ticket Entry (WTE) application is intended for professional excavators. By using the system at this level, callers become very familiar with the notification requirements. In addition, the effort required on the part of Virginia 811 to set up accounts, maintain them with current information, audit the tickets entered and enforce ticket entry policies only becomes efficient for users with large ticket volumes.

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Computer Based Training (CBT) Programs

Virginia 811 is now providing online CBT on the Virginia Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act.

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