High Voltage Protection & Control Certificate Program (100% Online)

Description (100% online)

This 100% online certificate program consists of five modules and covers the protection and control of high voltage stations and high voltage line protection. This is an integral part of maintaining all industrial and utility high voltage systems and because of its complexity requires specialized performance-based training in order to work safely and competently. This online training will provide the foundation, discipline and philosophy needed to be successful. Upon completion of the certificate program participants will be positioned to comfortably perform and deal with ongoing and site-specific details and changes as they maneuver throughout the Protection and Control profession.

Executive Summary

This course aims at analyzing the potential impacts that distributed generation might have on the stability of electrical power networks. In particular, the performance of a power system with significant penetration of distributed resources is described to assess different types of stability of the bulk network. For this purpose, a hypothetical network is simulated, assuming a large number of fuel cells and micro-turbines as dispersed units in the low-voltage area. The investigation is carried out at constant load demands but with different contributions from fuel cells and micro-turbines. Thus, the rated and supplied powers of the conventional synchronous generators are adjusted to achieve the power balance in the network. With each penetration level of the distributed generation, the performance of the network is studied, and different stability classes are analyzed. The results are compared with the performance of the network without any distributed generation, as a reference case, to highlight the influence of penetration levels of such units on the stability of the entire network.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) currently projects investments in T&D grids over the 2012-2035 time frame to be $7.2 trillion, 40% for replacement of existing infrastructure and 60% to build new infrastructure. If even a third of that new infrastructure will not be needed within 20 years, nearly $1.4 trillion is freed up for investment in infrastructure and capabilities that help transition the smart grid efforts of today to the Neural Grid platform of tomorrow. This is a significant number, and the opportunities it could support will also be significant.

What you will learn

  • How to re-verify and calibrate, all relaying at high voltage stations including line protection and SCADA – supervisory control, in accordance with current Procedures and Directives as issued to the Protection and Control discipline.
  • Functional test, test trip and take and analyze crossed wattmeter readings.
  • An additional new Module Protection for Grid System Stability has now also been incorporated into this training course.
  • Learn and understand a number of HV Protection Philosophies/and Design Standards.
  • Methodology for Testing Relays
    • Determine the operating characteristics of all protection relays by current and voltage injection
    • Confirm that the operating characteristic of relays conforms to the issued settings
    • Perform a complete set of protection function tests by:
      • Injection of simulated faults
      • Initiation of logic input
    • Timing the protection operation.
    • The minimum proof of correct functioning of a protection relay is by monitoring for the presence of positive dc voltage on the blades of output blocking switches with reference to the appropriate negative.
    • Targets, alarms, SER points shall be proven as part of the tests.
    • When re-verifying microprocessor based relaying a complete set of function test may not be required - Refer to the relevant calibration and reverification procedures for tests to be carried out.
  • Re-verification Process - Periodical testing of a protection to prove its correct operation. Re-verification is carried out with the protection isolated. Protections could be re-verified independent of each other and at different times. The purpose of routine re-verification of protections is to ensure within reasonable certainty that the protections will respond correctly to fault conditions on the power system.
  • Commissioning Process - Function testing of a protection relay when placed in service for the first time or after extensive setting changes are made. Note: Function testing is carried out for maintenance in IED’s and Electromechanical relays.
  • Understanding the basics required for the safe operation of a High Voltage Grid Electrical System and to prepare the candidate in the skills required in the Purchasing, Assembling, Commissioning, Installing, Connecting, Repairing, Testing, Maintaining, and Reporting on Protection, Relaying, Instrumentation, Metering Equipment and Associated Electrical Equipment.
  • Re-enforcement of the skills required using Electrical Drawings.
  • Plan and Apply Work Protection for Electrical Equipment using Lock-out/Tag-out Protection as required by The Utility Work Protection Code.
  • Working with Manufactures/Vendors of Computer Based Application Programs for the Setting up and Testing of Protection Relaying/Instrumentation/Metering Equipment as required.
  • An understanding of the foundation, discipline and philosophy needed.
  • Hydro One (formerly Ontario Hydro) has traditionally “informally” provided this core training to Local Distribution Companies, however, this training needs to be registered and rolled out as a new apprentice-able Trade going forward. This will promote worker safety and formally track worker competency in this area of a specialized and skilled working discipline.
  • Essential Competencies (E.C.) Sign-Off Form: Each module will incorporate an E.C. sign-off form to demonstrate completion of “Performance Based” training. This requires participants to have a First Line Supervisor from their place of employment sign and return to Dalhousie University the completed E.C. form to confirm the completion of essential on-the-job “Performance Based” training tasks. Because of the level of detail in the Protection & Control discipline the E.C. form is required to demonstrate participants have completed both the theory and practical OTJ field training tasks required to obtain this program certification.
  • For more information on the Red Seal certification, click here.

Who should attend

  • Protection & Control Technicians/Technologists/Engineers (Electrical and Computer)
  • Power maintenance Technicians (Electrical)
  • Industrial Electrical/and Utilities (Electrical and Computer)
  • Protection Design Engineers (Electrical and Computer)
  • Managers/Supervisors

Course content

This online certificate consists of five modules. Live online sessions of approximately 60 minutes are held every Monday, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). Online sessions plus course notes provided in hard copy PDF format.


The fee for each module is $1195 OR Register and pay $4400 for the entire Certificate in advance and save $475! Please contact Chris Abraham at 902-494-8042 or 1-800-565-8867 for more information.

Certificate requirements

It is recommended that participants take the five modules in sequential order, however, this is not a requirement. The certificate is awarded after the completion of the five modules, including all quizzes and final exams. This represents approximately 200 hours of training which includes online sessions, home study, assignments and examination preparation. The participants must attain a minimum of 65% for each Module and an aggregate average of at least 75% in the program.

Required textbook

Protective Relaying Principles and Applications by J. Lewis Blackburn Thomas J. Domin, Third or Fourth Editions available through Amazon.


Patrick C. Van Brunt, B.Sc., P.Eng., is a registered Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the field of Protection and Control Engineering, working mostly in Ontario, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He developed and delivered Protection & Control training courses for over 10 years at the 3rd largest Electrical Utility in North America as well as worked for 12 years in the field as a Protection & Control Field Engineer at Bruce Nuclear Power Development followed by two years in the department of Protection Design Engineering. He has also worked as a part-time Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at Queens University in Kingston Ontario Canada.

Patrick’s engineering activities cover the development of a self-study training program of engineering Protection & Control standards and the delivery/instruction of protection philosophies and control specifications. He assisted in the complete commissioning of Specialized Protection & Control systems, guided and inspected the work of other engineers, monitored contractors on-site, and personally worked on generating plant commissioning and maintenance work. Patrick assisted generating plants in resolving and troubleshooting difficult problems from conceptual engineering to in-service and ongoing maintenance. He also assisted Construction and Maintenance and System Control Operators to resolve difficult and detail intensive technical issues. Patrick is the President of P&I Technologies Inc. - a firm specializing in Protection and Control Engineering.

Accelerated Program – Face-to-Face Customized Training

There is an option available to complete the High Voltage Protection & Control certificate program in an accelerated, on-site format. The certificate can be delivered as is or can be customized for your organization’s needs.

Please contact Steve Andrews, Program Director, for further details. Steve can be reached at 902.494.3247 or at steve.andrews@dal.ca