Your company can reap the benefits of NUCA Membership. Available to utility contractors, excavators, governmental entities, and companies providing products/services to the industry.

Discover a wide variety of helpful tools, resources, discounts, safety materials, networking events, and more. See below to learn more about NUCA benefits.

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To receive a NUCA membership application and dues information, please click here to submit a Membership Information Request Form.

NUCA’s Washington team keeps an eye on Congress’ and the regulatory agencies’ activities, teams up with coalitions that serve our industry and the business community generally, and rallies support when a threat or an opportunity looms.

NUCA also holds the annual Washington Summit, a networking event that that brings our members closer to their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Events include the following:
  • Federal Issues Conference
  • National Awards Luncheon
  • Networking Reception
  • House and Senate Office Visits
  • NUCA Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill
  • Committee Meetings

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Networking Events
NUCA Convention

The annual NUCA Convention is our biggest event of the year. Our members gather from all over the country to discuss business, attend educational sessions, and have fun.

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Fall Leadership Event Our fall meeting is chance for NUCA Officers, Board of Directors and Committees to meet and discuss the future direction and trends in our industry. Educational sessions include: NUCA Institute, Contractor Profit Pipeline Roundtables, Policy Committee meeting, and General Session.

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Washington Summit The annual Washington Summit brings our members closer to their representatives on Capitol Hill.

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Safety Directors Forum The annual Safety Directors Forum brings together utility construction and excavation safety professionals for networking and learning from experts to create and maintain accident-free job sites.

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Committees and Forums Serving on a committee is a great way to gain expertise on the issues, build relationships, grow as a leader and a team member through experience, and help advance NUCA and the industry.

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Member Discounts
NUCA offers a wide range of member discounts to its members.  If you are a member and would like to receive these discounts, please log in and visit the Member Discounts page for directions and discount codes.

Aramark Program
NUCA has partnered with Aramark to offer members discounts on uniform services. Purchase WorkGear® brand apparel at a 10% discount, or receive discounted rates on a customized rental/lease program. NUCA members can get more details by clicking here.

HP Program
NUCA members can connect to HP innovation, reliability, and savings on a wide range of HP business products, including printers, notebooks, desktops, tablets, servers, storage, networking, and much more.

As an NUCA member, you can enjoy these exclusive benefits:

  • Discounts on reliable HP business products
  • FREE U.S. ground shipping*
  • Flexible financing and leasing options
  • Solution specialists to assist you
  • Award-winning service and support

Members can get more details on how to use their discounts by clicking here.

*Free U.S. ground shipping does not include U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam. Weight restrictions apply.

Shipping Discounts

NUCA partners with FedEx, YRC Freight and UPS Freight to develop a shipping program specifically designed to lower shipping costs on the following:

  • FedEx Express®
  • FedEx Ground®
  • FedEx Freight®
  • YRC Freight®
  • UPS Freight®

Damage Prevention & Claims Avoidance Program

This program is designed to provide NUCA members with the knowledge they need to make important decisions about damage prevention. This three-tiered benefit has saved NUCA members millions of dollars.

  • Free damage prevention consultation and investigation
  • One free hour for claims evaluation per quarter per year (4x/year)
  • Additional claims evaluation at the discounted rate of $75/hour

NER Stolen Heavy Equipment Database

The National Equipment Register (NER) is a national database of stolen heavy equipment managed by equipment specialists who coordinate the efforts of equipment owners, the insurance industry, and law enforcement in the fight against heavy equipment theft. Many insurers provide incentives to their clients that register their equipment on the NER HELPtech database. NER offers risk management services including IRONwatch a GPS solution with no monthly fees. NUCA members receive preferred pricing.

SafetyFirst Vehicle Sticker Program

NUCA has partnered with SafetyFirst, a provider of fleet safety services and training, to offer its members an effective program for improving fleet safety and reducing insurance premiums and repair costs. The program centers around stickers placed prominently on fleet vehicles. These stickers encourage motorists to call a toll-free number to report any driving behavior they might witness, either with complaints or commendations.

  • NUCA members receive a reduced rates for vehicles and trailers
  • Total fleet safety program included, complete with monthly training materials

Safety Products in the NUCA Store

The online NUCA Store carries over 20 safety products—all reviewed by our VP of Safety to ensure each one meets our safety standards.
  • Safety training videos and interactive programs
  • Regulations/safe practices manuals, pocketbooks and posters
  • Vista Training products, available at members-only prices


ConsensusDocs are the only standard contracts written and endorsed by 37 leading design and construction industry associations, including NUCA. ConsensusDocs offers more than 100 contract documents, and recently released an entirely new technology platform that is MS Word compatible, provides version control, and possesses powerful comparison tools. Written in a straightforward fashion, ConsensusDocs incorporate best practices and fairly allocate risk to reduce costly contingencies and adversarial negotiations, and to promote better project results.

NUCA members receive a 20% discount on ConsensusDocs!

The contracts are cost-effective and address all methods of project delivery, as well as cutting-edge trends and practical needs including:
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • Green Building
  • Design-Build
  • Electronic Communications
  • CM-at-Risk and CM/GC
  • Federal Contracting
  • Joint Ventures
NUCA bestows awards each year on member companies that show a great commitment to their employees, their community, and NUCA.  For applications and more information, visit the Awards page.

Awards of Excellence

Ditchdigger of the Year

Presented to a contractor member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the utility construction and excavation industry.

Associate Member of the Year

Presented to an associate member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the utility construction and excavation industry.

We Dig America Award

Presented to a non-NUCA member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the utility construction and excavation industry. The achievement must have national impact and the recipient must have national stature.

National Community Service Awards

Presented to member companies that have made a significant contribution to their community.

Safety Awards

William H. Feather Award

Created to honor the contributions of the founding chairman of NUCA’s Safety Committee, William H. Feather, and to recognize the same commitment to safety that is demonstrated by other NUCA members.

Zero Accidents Award

Presented to companies with no reportable accidents for the year. Members who qualify receive a NUCA Zero Accidents Award Certificate of Recognition suitable for framing.

NUCA Foundation for Education and Research Scholarships

Any high school senior whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a NUCA member company in good standing at the time of the application deadline may apply. This includes dependents of employees of NUCA members, high school student employees of NUCA members, and dependents of NUCA Chapter Executive Directors.

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D.A. Foster Memorial Scholarship

$8,000 award ($2,000/year over four years)

NUCA $4,000 Scholarship

$4,000 award ($1,000/year over four years)

William & Shirley Burgett Scholarship

$2,000 one-time award

NUCA $1,000 Scholarship

$1,000 award ($500/year over two years for those enrolling in two-year programs)

NUCA Annual Convention Education

The annual convention provides a variety of educational events with topics on safety, productivity, and current industry matters.  For more information, visit the Convention page.

Profit Pipeline Roundtables

An executive-level opportunity for construction company owners and senior managers to discuss ideas. Sample topics include fuel efficiency solutions, health insurance cost controls, unique safety incentive plans, financial management and estimate and bidding strategies. Roundtables allow 6-8 participants per table.

Break-Out Educational Sessions

Experts take the stage and teach the audience about safety, business management, productivity, and industry hot topics. From updates on changing safety regulations to employee management, these one-hour educational sessions are packed with essential knowledge.

Leadership Skills for Crew Leaders Program

The NUCA Institute’s Leadership Skills for Crew Leaders Program gives new and experienced field supervisors the leadership and jobsite management tools they need to succeed. The two-day program is taught by an experienced construction professional who has worked in the field and understands the challenges of being a crew leader. The curriculum covers three major areas: people management, safety management, and project control.
Safe work environments and safe habits are vital to protecting your most important assets – your personnel. NUCA’s safety department provides excavators and utility contractors with the learning programs, technical assistance, real-world knowledge and professional peer networking opportunities necessary to create and implement effective safety programs and a safety-conscious work force.

NUCA Safety Consulting Service

NUCA’s Vice President of Safety is a certified safety professional who provides members with telephone consultation and technical assistance on safety compliance issues. Members can discuss their specific situation and receive timely customized responses to their questions.

NUCA SafetyNews

Our bimonthly e-newsletter reports the latest safety management and technical information designed to reduce employee lost-time, enhance worker productivity, and save lives. It features regulatory news, interpretations, and compliance updates. NUCA Safety News is sent to members via e-mail. Members can access current and past issues on the NUCA SafetyNews page.

NUCA Toolbox Talks

Available to members anytime on the Toolbox Talks page (must have login information), 75 succinct NUCA Toolbox Talks reinforce training and remind workers of jobsite hazards. Members can download the latest edition containing a wealth of safety ideas, and also access the on-line archive of previous topics. Many of the Toolbox Talks are also available in Spanish.

NUCA Safety Director’s Forum

Annually, we bring together NUCA members interested in safety with leading safety professionals and OSHA officials to present interactive forums on workplace safety regulations and compliance, as well as the latest safety techniques and products that are relevant to utility construction. The Forum runs for two days in the fall at an economical and convenient location.  For more information, visit the Safety Directors Forum page.

Safety and Damage Prevention Committee

our Safety and Damage Prevention Committee, which governs association policy in this arena. The committee meets by teleconference and face-to-face, as needed.  For more information, visit the Committees page.

NUCA Competent Person (CPT) and Confined Space Entry (CSE) Training

OSHA requires that all workers have the proper training and knowledge to work on an excavation site. 8-hour CPT courses taught by NUCA Authorized Instructors help qualify workers as competent persons based on OSHA standards. CPT courses can also be used for workers who are required to have trench safety training. 5-hour CSE training is required for all workers in or around confined spaces. Students leave both CPT and CSE courses with a NUCA manual, hard hat sticker, and wallet certificate of completion.  For more information, visit the Safety Training page.

Safety Awards Program

NUCA awards annual William H. Feather Safety Awards upon member companies that demonstrate the best safety records in seven categories, according to total man-hours worked. Winners are selected based on injury frequency data, a safety management statement, and company safety program information. NUCA also awards Zero Accident Awards each year.  For more information, visit the Awards page.

Safety Service Discounts

NUCA offers members-only discounts on a number of safety services, including the Damage Prevention & Claims Avoidance Program, NER Risk Management Services, and the SafetyFirst Vehicle Sticker Program. Read more about discounts above.

Safety Product Discounts

The NUCA Store contains a wealth of top-notch safety and risk management products, including DVDs, CD-ROMs, videos, manuals, forms, books and other items. NUCA members receive discounted prices for all items in the NUCA Store. Read more about discount in the discounts section of this page.

Safety Ambassadors Club

Through special separate donations, NUCA’s Safety Ambassadors Club has helped improve safety on utility and excavation construction jobsites by initiating and funding programs and projects that benefit our industry’s workers and companies and the communities they serve. These include: highly respected safety training programs and materials; toolbox talks; safety newsletters; commenting on OSHA standards and participation on the OSHA Advisory Committee and work groups; assistance to the NUCA Foundation for Education and Research; member consultation with a Certified Safety Professional consultant; and the annual Safety Directors Forum. Be a member and be recognized all year for your commitment to safety.  See who's already a member on the Safety Ambassadors Club page.

Utility Contractor Magazine

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor (UC) has its ear to the ground in our industry and the nation’s capitol thanks to outstanding editorial and safety features. UC tells you about the latest products and services that increase productivity and their readers’ bottom lines.

NUCA Report

The weekly NUCA Report e-newsletter brings you the latest in underground utility construction and excavation news and announcements, highlights of NUCA events, and valuable resources for industry professionals. The NUCA Report is emailed every Friday morning. In addition, members have access to the past year’s issues on the NUCA website.

Washington Report

The monthly Washington Report e-newsletter brings NUCA members the latest in legislative and regulatory news as it relates to the underground utility construction and excavation industry. Members have access to the past year’s issues on the NUCA website.

NUCA SafetyNews

The bi-monthy electronic NUCA SafetyNews brings NUCA members the latest in safety and regulatory news as it relates to the utility construction and excavation industry. Members have access to the past year’s issues on the NUCA website.

Social Media

Also be sure to follow NUCA on Twitter @NUCA_National, on Facebook, and on LinkedIn.
Industry Promotion

NUCA National Partners

The NUCA National Partners Program is a series of corporate sponsorship opportunities for NUCA members that believe strongly in NUCA’s vision and strategic objectives, and that make a significant annual financial contribution to the association. Partnership levels meet a variety of budgets and marketing goals for members. Partners may take advantage of valuable and unprecedented networking and advertising opportunities to promote their products and/or services throughout the calendar year in an array of highly visible venues and media.

NUCA Newsletter Sponsorships

NUCA Report

Weekly NUCA Report offers timely news, announcements, highlights of NUCA events, and valuable resources for industry professionals. It is emailed to more than 3,000 industry professionals every Friday. Advertising space is limited to one ad per issue and sells out quickly. The ad is linked to your website, making the NUCA Report a quick and easy way to drive visitors to your own business website.

NUCA SafetyNews

Exclusive bi-monthly NUCA SafetyNews e-newsletter for NUCA members provides timely, thoughtful, and life-saving information to help protect employees and companies from accidents and costly lawsuits. It is emailed to members six times each year. NUCA members can access past issues (within the year) on the NUCA website. Safety Directors refer back to these newsletters which cover the range of pertinent safety and regulatory issues, extending your ad’s shelf life.

Washington Report

Exclusive monthly Washington Report for members offers the latest breaking news in legislative developments as they relate to the underground utility construction and excavation industry. It is emailed to members, who can refer back to past issues (within the year) on the NUCA website, extending your ad’s shelf life.

NUCA Website Advertising

NUCA offers four levels of website advertising through seven packages, with pricing based on viewer statistics. Ads are available in three sizes and each package places your ad on nine pages, expanding the chances of viewers seeing your ad, enabling audience segmentation, and accommodating a range of prices. These packages are pre-defined and named by NUCA to give advertisers a tailored audience depending on your particular products and/or services. Ads are available for three or six months.