2020 ERCOT Black Start Training


This year’s annual Black Start Training covers applied system restoration principles, incorporating both lecture and simulation components relevant to ERCOT’s system restoration strategy. Current entity-specific Black Start plans will be executed during the simulation exercises allowing participants to perform their expected roles and functions. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to identify the roles of ERCOT, TOPs, QSEs, and Generation Operators.

Continuing Education Hour Information

A NERC Certified System Operator (NCSO) may receive up to 25 CEHs for annual Black Start Training, including 16 simulation CEHs, credited toward maintenance of their NERC System Operator Certificate. All-day attendance and participation is mandatory.



Day Time Meals Included
Black Start Day 1 (Tue) 0700 to 1700 Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
Black Start Day 2 (Wed) 0700 to 1700 Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
Black Start Day 3 (Thu) 0700 to 1200 Breakfast, Snacks



Black Start Training, Day 1:
0630-0700 Breakfast
0700-0730 Introduction and Communication Protocols
0730-1100 Stages 0-1-2 Lecture: Fundamentals, Roles, and Responsibilities
1100-1200 Black Start Plan Reviews and Restoration Strategy Planning
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1645 Stages 0-1: Simulation
1645-1700 Simulation Debrief


Black Start Training, Day 2:
0630-0700 Breakfast
0700-0800 Stages 2-3 Lecture: CFC Dispatch
0800-1200 Stages 2-3: Simulation
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1400 Stage 3: ERCOT-Coordinated Dispatch
1400-1645 Stages 2-3: Simulation
1645-1700 Simulation Debrief


Black Start Training, Day 3:
0630-0700 Breakfast
0700-0745 Stage 4 Lecture: Restoration of the BA Function
0745-0830 Stage 4 Tabletop Exercise: Roles and Responsibilities
0830-1130 Stage 4: Simulation
1130-1200 Simulation Debrief and Overall Training Review


Registration Information


Register via Cvent at 2020 ERCOT Black Start Registration.

Registration Dates Pricing

January 13 through March 2, 2020


After March 2, 2020


Cancellation of registration will not be refunded for any reason.


Registration Qualifications:

All Transmission Operators (TOs), Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE) operators identified in a Black Start restoration plan, Resource Entities that represent Black Start resources, and other Entities who are notified by ERCOT that their participation is required, are qualified to register. Attendance at Black Start training is limited to those Entities identified previously, ERCOT staff, Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), Reliability Monitor, or other Entities deemed by ERCOT to have a legitimate reliability reason to attend.

Do not register if you are a Renewable  Entity.

Do not register support personnel. Due to the scope of the training (market notice intended audience/operating guides) – applicable to your entity, ERCOT Black Start Training is only open to those individuals performing in the roles mentioned above. This specific training is not geared towards support personnel. There will be restoration training available in the annual seminar that would be more appropriate to those support roles.

Registrants shall only register under their entity type. I.e. Transmission Operator= TO/DO, QSE or Generator= QSE/GEN, ERCOT Employee Operator= ERCOT SO, ERCOT Employee Instructor= ERCOTIns, Observer (TexasRE/NERC-no CEHs awarded)= Observer


Course Schedule

Start Date Duration Location Delivery
Tue, Mar 31, 2020 2.5 days Postponed
Postponed, TX 76574
Instructor Led Sign up
Tue, Apr 07, 2020 2.5 days Postponed
Postponed, TX 76574
Instructor Led Sign up
Tue, Apr 14, 2020 2.5 days Postponed
Postponed, TX 76574
Instructor Led Sign up
Tue, Apr 21, 2020 2.5 days Postponed
Postponed, TX 76574
Instructor Led Sign up

Early Registration opens January 13, 2020 and ends on March 2, 2020. The cost to attend is $500/person.

Regular Registration opens  March 3, 2020 at $600/person.  

The Pilot Session is February 25-27, 2020. It is recommended that critical staff determined by the MP attend the pilot, but registered Authorized Representatives and Backup Authorized Representatives are not required.

Session Schedule

  Training Date

Pilot Session

Feb 25-27

Session 1

Mar 17-19

Session 2

Mar 24-26

Session 3

Mar 31-Apr 02

Session 4

Apr 07-09

Session 5

Apr 14-16

Session 6

Apr 21-23

Continuing Education

The ERCOT Black Start Training is recognized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation as an approved learning activity for which NERC CE hours can be awarded, and that the provider adheres to NERC Continuing Education Program criteria.

NERC continuing education hours are available for this class. If you are a NERC certificate holder and complete the criteria requirements for the Annual Black Start Training you will be awarded 25 CE hours in the category of Operating Topics as well as 16 hours of Emergency Operations Simulation.