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MISS DIG 811 has redesigned its education efforts with a team comprised of Colleen Goddard, Linda Portelli, Paul Harding, and Stephanie Boe, with Gwen Knowles as our leader.  MISS DIG 811 LIVE! offers teleconferences held monthly on a variety of MISS DIG 811 related topics, and also opens up the floor at every teleconference for any questions or concerns you may have.  Along with Consumers Energy, these teleconferences allow the sharing of damage prevention information and serve as an open forum between excavators, utility owners, locators, and other interested parties to discuss projects, concerns, and trends without the need to leave the jobsite or office.  See the dates and times below you are welcome to attend any of the teleconferences that fit your schedule.  Please let us know if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed in the near future by emailing or by calling the MISS DIG 811 Education Team at 248-370-6404.  

We are also taking our Certification and Safe Excavation Practices Workshop on the road to a location near you!

The MISS DIG Certification Program offers excavators training and information on a number of safety and utility damage prevention topics at no cost.


Current Training Modules:        Public Act 174

Hand Digging/Soft Excavation

Pipeline Safety

Overhead Electric

Locator Services

Benefits of Certification:

  • Safety is our highest priority.  Hold your employees and hired contractors to the highest excavation standards.
  • Safe excavation practices prevent injuries, property damage, outages, project delays, and high costs.
  • It’s a great way to market your company when your employees are safety certified!


The clinic “Safe Excavation Practices” also meets requirements for Continuing Education Credits for Professional Engineers, Surveyors, Wastewater, and tentatively Drinking Water.


Check dates and times below and your inbox for future announcements regarding certification workshop locations. You can also contact us directly to become safety certified at your next meeting or an upcoming event!


Remember, safe digging is no accident!


We hope that you will join us soon to become MISS DIG 811 Certified!


Conference Topics by Month

  • MISS DIG Topic: Positive Response-
  • Consumers Energy Topic: Complimentary Safety Training:  Gas & Electric Hazard Awareness
January 2017
  • MISS DIG Topic: Re-Transmitting a Ticket-
  • Consumers Energy Topic: Free Contractor Training from Consumers Energy: Working Safely Around Gas & Electric Facilities 
February 2017
March 2017
  • MISS DIG Topic: Cross Bores & Requirements for Detection of New Facilities
April 2017
  • MISS DIG Topic: Scope of Work including changes to utility pole guidelines
May 2017
June 2017
  • MISS DIG Topic: NEAR TICKET- giving you the ability to see what tickets were placed in the area of your project. 

July 2017
  • MISS DIG Topic: How do I know when it's safe to dig? What should I do when it's not?

Monthly Newsletter

If you are interested in receiving MISS DIG 811's Monthly Newsletter, which includes safety related topics and events, please click here or complete the form below. 


MISS DIG Damage Prevention Safety Calls Schedule

Please include your company name in the message line of your RSVP.
Conferencing Phone Number: (248)724-5800
Conference ID: 827817


If you have any questions about these calls, or need any assistance in fulfilling your damage prevention requirements, MISS DIG Subject Matter Experts are available to provide support, conduct presentations, and offer resources that can be distributed to your staff. We look forward to working with you.


East/Central Michigan – Paul Harding: (248) 370-6426,

Northern Michigan – Colleen Goddard: (906) 789-3083,

West/Central Michigan – Linda Portelli: (248) 370-6441,

Education Manager- Gwen Knowles: (248) 370-6404,

Director of Marketing – Bruce Campbell: (248) 370-6446,


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