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“Very good course. We definitely felt like we received value for costs expended and training was very solid, focused on right level for our personnel and also felt that you brought an excellent set of skills to the table.”

Rob Daly, Pump Station Division Engineer

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District


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“The training Staking U has provided our locate staff a better understanding of the equipment they use and insight to navigate through some of the challenges they face in the field. It even engaged some of our skeptical team members who felt they knew everything. This training is a ‘must have’ for any locator.”

Sandra J. Panos, Supervisor, Damage Prevention & Recovery

TECO Peoples Gas



Xcel-Energy-Logo-Converted3“I did not have much experience with locating prior to attending your class. I must say that I enjoyed the way you incorporated both theory and practical application. This course was ‘hands-on’ and I came away with a much better understanding of the locating process and I will be able to utilize the knowledge that Staking U provided. I would highly recommend this course and wish to thank you.”

Paul Dyson, Damage Prevention

Xcel Energy

“I now have a better understanding of how the locator works, and the impact the different frequencies have on a locate. Also, knowing the 5 checks to see if a signal has jumped on another service is also very handy, something I was unaware of before the course. I think the course was very good and informing.”

Tommy Markovski, Engineering Surveyor Utility Locations Unit, Survey Section

Road & Traffic Authority



“I attended your course at Manteno, IL and would like to say that it was a really great experience and well worth the time. Your instructor was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and persuasive in getting us to try new techniques.”

Ronald Watson, Air National Guard
Volk Field, WI



“I would like to thank you for providing us such excellent training. Your trainer did an outstanding job providing the information to the students in a way that both engages and keeps them focused.”

Phil Baker, Member, Board of Directors
Oregon Utilities Notification Center



“I got to attend Staking University in Manteno, IL recently, which was one of the most awesome experiences of my life.”

Bob Bahlke, C&S Solutions
North Carolina



“Staking U did an excellent job in training our line locators during their sessions. The instructor was even able to teach the ‘OLE CRUSTIES’ some new things! The guys were very impressed in the way they taught the class with the classroom sessions and the hands on training combined. The information was presented in a way that was interesting to the old and new employees.”

Patricia Jones




“The things we learned there became the catalyst for completely redefining the project we were working on. Before Staking U, the project seemed like: ‘Well, we have to do something, guess this is it.’ This was impossible to actually feel good about it. After the training we received at Staking U, we pretty much reinvented the project, and now every time I look at it I get enthusiastic. Thank you again for hosting us and for teaching us so much.”

Dave Johnson
Fisher Research Lab

“I have been utilizing the services of Staking U for the past 8 years for training Municipal and private contractors in the field of Line Locating. There is no question that the training offered by Staking U is the best I have ever seen. Approximately 100 individuals involved in underground construction in the Greater Vancouver area have been trained by Staking U and I have not had one negative comment concerning the training.

As an Inspector for the Natural Gas supplier in British Columbia the training has created a common ground for workers throughout our area and an increased awareness for underground utility locates and damage prevention. I have been locating personally for 30 years and know of no other locate instruction as good as Staking U. To quote an individual from one of the locate instruction sessions, ‘It’s not what I learned from the course that impressed me, it’s what I learned I didn’t know.”

Don Derby, Pipeline & Right of Way Inspector
Fortis BC
BC, Canada




“I was able to learn valuable techniques to have better confidence in my locates. I had several issues regarding conflicting signals from neighboring utilities in the trench, i.e. frequency selection, detecting the presence or absence of a round signal and signal distortion during a locate. I was able to bring back a lot of information to my company which validates the cost of the training.”

Rich Lane
Turlock Irrigation District

“Our Staking U instructor clearly had many years of hands-on experience in the locating industry and had a strong knack for conveying locating knowledge to students. We recommend this course to anyone seeking information about modern location technology and methods.”

Mark Friel, Operations Manager
Meadow Lake Wind Farm



“All I can say is, ‘So that’s how locating instruments work.’ Your knowledge of electromagnetic locating technology and the locating industry is inspiring. Coupled with your ability to effectively communicate these principles and tie them to practical field applications is a winning combination.

I had been locating for several years prior to attending the Staking U Certification course and was a little skeptical, but still looking for some answers. For me ‘THE SIX; plus having the instruments opened up really helped me understand the ‘how.’ Knowing how different locating equipment is constructed really helped me to understand ‘why’ one piece of equipment induces differently than another and why different locators can be used for specific applications. Understanding the relationship between the shape of magnetic fields and accuracy and how to change non-circular fields to circular have definitely made me a better locator.”

Tony F. Brunette, Owner
Structure Scan Inc.



“I recently attended a course at Staking U Asia Pacific Campus. From the outset, I could see that the training was going to be valuable to everyone in the room. The instructor made it clear to us that the course had been designed for the adult learner and would be mostly hands on, rather than sitting in the classroom. The technical information was presented in an easily understandable way. The instructors knowledge on the workings of locating equipment is immense.

We located gas, power, telecom and water utilities. We learned all of the methods to verify the location of the utility being traced, no matter what kind of utility it was. The delivery of the information was easy to understand and the hands on exercises put it into context. I found the information to be extremely valuable, as it gave me an understanding of the complete process. Although I have been locating utilities for many years, I learned a great deal from taking the course. The course content is exactly what all locators need and I highly recommend it to all people engaged in the locating industry.”

Cliff Williams
Brisbane, QLD, Australia



“Here at Unitil, we have had a great experience in using the services that Staking U provides. They are professional and incise in the curriculum they present to the students that attend. We have sent all of our locating techs out to their facility in Manteno Illinois, for the complete course in underground locating.

Personally, I had been locating underground gas lines for years before attending their training. I came away with a completely new experience after going through the Staking U training class. The information covered was very informative and the hands on portion, using equipment, was far beyond what I had ever gone through before. This was the same for all of the distribution techs that attended this training. We also continue to use their training for re-certification and updating our techs.”

Joe Fitzpatrick, Distribution Supervisor