Consolidated Edison of New York (ConEd) is developing a training program to prepare their workforce to implement advanced system capabilities, such as rapid restoration and grid reconfiguration, for their electric system and its customers. The curriculum includes three modules: a selection module that enable’s ConEd to select appropriate personnel; a training module that develops the training curriculum based on industry needs; and a qualification module consisting of formal written and practical examinations that verify skill levels and qualification. The curriculum includes remote operation of reclosers, switches (SF6), regulators, sophisticated capacitor band controllers, supervisory controls, communication systems (SCADA, Smart Grid), and sectionalizers. It also includes the management of these systems and the successful completion of North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection training. A novel training feature of ConEd’s training is the use of simulators in a distribution control center environment that includes an integrated use of SCADA, risk management, contingency analysis, and contingency response.