Tired of searching for new and interesting content for your security awareness program? Trouble making your quarterly NERC CIP awareness obligations? Let Archer’s Security Awareness Service do it for you. It’s a fully NERC CIP compliant, packaged, ready to use security awareness program with quarterly videos, text and graphics straight to your inbox. Our content is engaging, real-world and practical. You will have more time and your staff will thank you for it!

Archer’s NERC Operations and Planning Reliability Standards (O&P/693) Bootcamp is a new educational offering with foundational knowledge of the NERC O&P ecosystem and in-depth information on the most violated and/or challenging O&P standards and requirements. Taught by former Regional Entity auditors, this program gives you the most actionable information – from someone with real world experience. Experience the number one O&P training program for yourself.


Most security awareness programs put people to sleep. Our fresh, creative videos and graphics keep people interested — so they take in and even enjoy the security message you need to get across. Archer’s security awareness stories bring together timely, compelling and sometimes humorous information through real-life examples so your employees will care about their own security and the security of the company they work for.

See the difference for yourself and sign up for our 4-times-a-year awareness program in a box, complete and ready to use with videos, graphics and text — your employees and your company will thank you! Archer can also add live appearances and training, custom videos and more to keep your people interested and invested in keeping your company safe and secure. Some examples of our security videos are below:

One of the top security risks for companies? Tailgating, where someone follows you in through a security door.

We show you why it’s dangerous, as well as strategies you can use to keep from becoming easy prey for intruders.

Once, twice, three times — how many times have you used the same password on different accounts?

Here’s why that will hurt you, plus easy ways you can come up with — and manage — passwords.

You find a USB drive on the ground outside. Would you plug it in? Find out how many people actually would — and how that can bring down a company.


NERC Operations & Planning Reliability Standards Bootcamp

Bootcamp Overview

The NERC O&P Bootcamp is a new educational offering from Archer. This course provides essential foundational knowledge of the NERC O&P ecosystem, as well as in-depth information on the most violated and/or challenging O&P standards and requirements.

Archer is obsessed with quality, integrity and value in everything we do and this course is an extension of that commitment. Get the inside story directly from former Regional O&P Auditors, former registered entity compliance officers and former subject matter experts. If it’s an O&P standard, we’ve implemented it and audited it. We can show you how to cross the compliance finish line and maintain it.

Date And Time

Tue, May 19, 2020, 8:00 AM – Thu, May 21, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Atlanta Downtown
54 Peachtree Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

Date And Time

Tue, Sep 22, 2020, 8:00 AM – Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 4:00 PM MDT


Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
150 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Bootcamp Agenda and Logistics

Breakfast and Lunch are included each day.

Day 1 of the Bootcamp provides foundational knowledge of the O&P standards and a deep dive into the regulatory process, players and pitfalls. Topics include the regulatory agencies as well as the history and legal basis of the standards, their format and relevant terminology. Participants will receive an understanding of common compliance oversight practices employed by the ERO and the Regional Entities. This includes a detailed explanation of the audit process from preparation, to execution, to post-audit enforcement actions. Attendees will obtain an understanding of the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP), Inherent Risk Assessments (IRA), Internal Controls Evaluation (ICE), and the audit process as documented in the ERO Auditors Handbook. RSAW and evidence preparation and presentation will also be discussed.

Days 2-3 presents a deeper dive into the most violated and challenging of the O&P standards, covering selected requirements in-depth with discussions on successful compliance approaches.

Standards covered:

  • PRC-005-6
  • BAL-002
  • COM-002
  • FAC-003
  • FAC-008
  • MOD-025 through MOD-027
  • PER-005
  • TOP-001
  • TOP-003
  • TOP-010

Audience Compliance, regulatory, legal, technical, and engineering staff that will participate in formal O&P audits, mock audits, or internal compliance reviews (possible range from subject matter experts to compliance officers). Others desiring an understanding of oversight processes and methods to ensure compliance to the NERC O&P Standards.

Instructors Archer only hires the best in the business. Our training staff are experienced, engaging and entertaining. Your instructors for this course are:

Jim Terpening

James “Jim” Terpening began his career in the electric sector as an Operator, Test Technician, and Instructor at SCE. He spent many years in the Energy Control Center and completed his tenure as Division Superintendent of Operations and Maintenance. After 38 years at SCE, Jim shared his experience and expertise as an instructor for the California ISO training dispatchers on protection systems and for USSI (Guam, Micronesia) instructing maintenance and operations personnel on electrical systems. In 2007, Mr. Terpening became one of the first NERC Operations and Planning Standards (O&P/693) auditors in the nation at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Regional Entity. Scores of NERC O&P audits and 11 years later, Jim left WECC to join Archer Energy Solutions as Principal Instructor, leading Archer’s O&P Education Program. Jim graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Richard Shiflett

Richard Shiflett, Archer’s Operations and Planning Practice Director, is an electrical engineer with more than 15 years of work with electric utilities. His experience in the regulatory sector includes auditing operational and planning standards for the largest Regional Entity (WECC) as well as conducting Inherent Risk Analyses (IRAs), Internal Controls Evaluations (ICEs), and reviewing and processing self-reports and mitigation plans for WECC as a compliance risk engineer. In the engineering field, Mr. Shiflett was a senior electrical engineer and compliance manager at the largest generator in North America – Grand Coulee Dam. Mr. Shiflett retired from the U. S. Navy with experience in nuclear propulsion plants as a nuclear mechanic and various types of intelligence analysis as an intelligence specialist.