Designer Qualifications and Resources 

The Designer Qualification Program for Applicant Design and Contract Design (ADCD) pre-qualifies non-SDG&E designers to perform SDG&E gas and/or electric design. The program also provides no-cost access to SDG&E design tools and systems. 


Applicant Design (AD)

 Applicants may select a pre-qualified design contractor to perform distribution line extensions in accordance with the utility's design and construction standards as specified under Rule 15 Gas and Electric Tariffs. 


Contract Design (CD)

The utility may choose to hire an external contract firm who has pre-qualified designers to perform gas and electric design normally performed by the utility.  The contracted firm may also subcontract with firms having pre-qualified designers. 

Interested applicants may enroll in one or more of the four design disciplines:

  • Overhead Electric
  • Underground Electric
  • Gas
  • Transformer Vault 

How to Become a Qualified Designer (AD & CD) 

  • Enroll in the Designer Qualification Program  via the guest/internal site processes detailed below in the FAQ
  • Schedule to take an exam within one of the four design disciplines
  • Pass an exam within one of the four disciplines. You may then be onboarded and given access to SDG&E systems if your firm is contracted to work with SDG&E.
  • You will then be authorized to perform SDG&E design 
  • Once you meet the minimum approved design hour requirements within each discipline, you will become a Qualified Designer within the given discipline.


Firms interested in Contract Design Work with SDG&E 

To be eligible for contract design work with SDG&E, your firm must: 

  • Be a signatory to a design contract with SDG&E  
  • Have at least one qualified designer or enrollee on staff 

Please note: If your firm is interested in performing contract work, please coordinate with Supply Management and the business units you wish to support.


Looking for a Qualified Applicant Designer? 

View the SDG&E Qualified Applicant Designer List

Frequently Asked Questions


Follow the steps below or view a pdf which includes screenshots of each step in the process. 

    Registering for an Exam - Internal

    Registering as a Guest*

    * You are considered a guest if you do not have an active SDG&E contractor email ([email protected] or [email protected]).

    •  Once completed and submitted, an e-mail will be sent to the personal registered email ID. Login to the account and check the inbox. Click on the link mentioned in the email.  *Please be sure to check the spam/junk folder if you have not received the email.
    • After clicking on the "Guest Designer Visitor site" link, you will be taken to the following Microsoft account page. Click on create a Microsoft account if you do not have a Hotmail, MSN, Gmail or Yahoo account. *Please note that some organizational email accounts have security settings that will prevent the site from working correctly.
    • A verification code will be sent to the registered email address. Verify email, and you will be brought to the ADCD Guest Site where you can register for an exam by clicking on the “Schedule Exam” tile.

    ADCD exams take place online.

    Hours are accumulated by performing Contract Design work and are tracked via RUBRICs. Once approved and graded by an SDG&E design reviewer, the recorded hours may be added to the qualifying designer’s profile.

    See the Fact Sheet at the bottom of the page for details.


    Yes, you must have passed a test for at least one of the disciplines; overhead electric, underground electric, gas or transformer vault. You can then perform SDG&E design work for the disciplines that you have passed.

    Fact Sheet 

    If you are interested in learning more about the Designer Qualification Program, please review the fact sheet