Professional Certificate of Competency in Electrical Power System Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers

Course at a Glance

Course Name - Professional Certificate of Competency in Electrical Power System Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers

Course Code - CEN

Qualification - Professional Development

Duration - 3 Months

CEU/CPD* - on enquiry

*CEU/CPD hours vary according to your professional body.

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EIT Professional Certificate of Competency in Electrical Power System Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers endorsed by the International Society of Automation (ISA)



  • The basics of electrical power engineering
  • Basic electrical design rules
  • Practical steps in selection, installation and commissioning of electrical systems
  • How to work more effectively with electrical engineering professionals
  • How to apply the local electrical codes effectively
  • The role that electrical power plays within your corporation

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The focus of this course is on the building blocks of electrical engineering, the fundamentals of electrical design and integrating electrical engineering know-how into the other disciplines within a corporation. Unnecessary theory is kept to a minimum and you will focus on best practice over the duration of the online course. The course will commence by reviewing basic electrical circuits and electrical laws. You will then be exposed to the basic principles of electrical generation, transmission and distribution. Electrical distribution will then be covered in considerably more detail. The interesting area of electrical measurements as applied to single phase and three phase systems will then be reviewed. You will be exposed to earthing (or grounding) with a strong focus on safety issues. Transformers will then be examined with an emphasis on power transformers as used in the electrical distribution industry. The first day will be concluded with coverage of power system components in terms of isolators, fuses and circuit breakers.

The course examines AC and DC motors and reviews electrical lighting and illumination concepts. The power hungry topic of electrical heating in industry is also examined. The impact, especially in the modern world of power electronics, is discussed with a demonstration of the possible unpleasant harmonics arising from using this powerful technology. This then smoothly leads into the topic of dealing with power quality. Three major topics are electrical power system protection, electrical safety and customer installations. The penultimate topic of great interest to executive management in a company (and indeed municipalities and governments) is load forecasting. The online course is concluded with modern developments such as substation automation, the smart grid, industrial data communications and the still controversial topic of carbon trading. An online course such as this is certainly not going to make you a professional electrical engineer - although many experienced electrical engineers have commented on how useful this course has been in broadening their perspective in other areas of the electrical world. Nonetheless, you will gain a valuable toolbox of skills in electrical engineering, thus becoming far more productive and safer in your career and in working with electrical engineers, technicians, and managers.




  • Basic theory of charges and current flow
  • Electrical parameters – voltage, current, resistance, inductance, capacitance, power, energy and frequency
  • OHMS  law and electric circuits
  • Single phase and three phase systems


  • Various forms of energy and energy conversion
  • Conventional power sources – coal fired, hydro and nuclear power plants
  • Renewable power sources – solar, wind, biomass
  • Transmission and distribution of electricity


Electrical distribution systems

  • Substations and step down transformers
  • Distribution substations
  • Distribution feeder supply configurations – radial, ring and mesh networks
  • Switchgear construction and components


  • Measurement of electrical parameters
  • Basics of smart metering
  • Instrument transformers for switchgear metering and protection


  • Fundamentals of transformers
  • Construction of transformer
  • Transformer types
  • Transformer accessories
  • Need for earthing, direct and indirect shocks, touch and step potential
  • Transformer earthing considerations
  • Earthing system components
  • Measurement of earth resistance
  • Lightning protection


  • Electrical faults
  • Fuses
  • Isolation, switching and tripping
  • Medium voltage circuit breakers


  • Basic theory of rotating machines
  • DC machines
  • Single phase and 3-phase AC machines
  • Synchronous machines


  • Luminaire concepts
  • Types of lamps used in industries
  • Types of heating
  • Welding and electric arc furnaces


  • Semiconductor devices, rectifiers and inverters
  • AC Motor control, soft starters and variable speed drives
  • Power quality problems – Voltage and frequency variations, interruptions, lighting, surges and harmonics
  • Power quality improvement and harmonic mitigation


  • Protection system basics including relays
  • Arc flash hazards and arc flash mitigation
  • Safety through better design, installation and training
  • Compliance with company policy and safety legislation


  • Customer connections, metering and tariff structures
  • Specification and procurement of equipment
  • Equipment installation, commissioning and defect identification
  • Contractual matters
  • Certificate of compliance


  • Load forecasting and forward planning
  • Supply and demand side management
  • The smart grid
  • Substation automation
  • Carbon credit

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of eLearning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Course Coordinator for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of eLearning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT eLearning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Course Coordinator.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.


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Fee Information

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The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located all around the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. We aim to give you a rapid response regarding course fees that are relevant to your individual circumstances.

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Please contact us with your location for certificate fees in the relevant currency. Full payment is required between two (2) and four (4) weeks before the course starts.

Certificate fees include:

  • All live webinars with a professional instructor
  • Four (4) technical manuals (as searchable eBooks)
  • Course materials
  • Software
  • Assignments, and
  • Ongoing support from a dedicated Course Coordinator

All you need to participate is an Internet connection, a computer, speakers and, if possible, a microphone.


Fee concessions may apply for multiple bookings on our certificate courses.

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Related Courses

Other courses available in EIT's School of Electrical Engineering

Accredited Postgraduate Programs

  1. Master of Engineering (Electrical Systems) II
  2. Graduate Certificate of Renewable Energy Technologies I

Accredited Diploma and Advanced Diploma Programs

  1. Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering (Electrical Systems) I
  2. Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering (Power Industry) I
  3. Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities I
  4. Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering for Mining I
  5. Diploma and Advanced Diploma of ESI UET50212 and UET60212 I

Professional Development Series

  1. Professional Certificate of Competency in Best Practice in Electrical Engineering in Mining, Building, Industry and Utilities
  2. Professional Certificate of Competency in Circuit Breakers, Switchgear and Power Transformers – Safe operation and Maintenance
  3. Professional Certificate of Competency in Arc Flash Protection
  4. Professional Certificate of Competency in Electrical Power System Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers
  5. Professional Certificate of Competency in Operation and Maintenance of Diesel Power Generating Plants
  6. Professional Certificate of Competency in Power Distribution
  7. Professional Certificate of Competency in AS3000:2007 Electrical Wiring Rules (Australia and New Zealand only)

There is scarcely an aspect of modern life that is not dependent on electrical energy. It is used in such varied activities as cooling, heating, transport, manufacturing, production, communications, minerals processing and water transfer. Engineers and technicians with an electrical diploma find employment in fields as diverse as generation, transmission, distribution and the eventual application of electrical energy in machinery. Due to the challenges of climate change there is also a vital interest in the use and storage of renewable and sustainable energy. The demand for well trained electrical professionals is assured with rapid expansion of the electricity supply in the developing world, the addition of the yet-to-be-constructed smart grid, and our growing dependency upon electricity supply of high integrity.

Electrical engineering skills and knowledge are also critical in a wide range of industries ranging from oil and gas, water utilities, process plants, mining, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and defence. The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides electrical engineering courses online for engineers and technicians of all levels and from all types of industry, be it mining, oil and gas or instrumentation. The Advanced Diplomas in Electrical Engineering cover a large range of topics and are suited to anyone needing an intensive and practical look at all facets of electrical engineering. The short courses that form part of EIT's professional development series are designed to provide students with critical knowledge and practical tools that can be immediately applied to the workplace. They are ideal to up-skill and/or cross-skill in a particular area or technology.

Key subjects in the EIT School of Electrical Engineering include: power generation, transmission, distribution, rotating machinery, power electronics, earthing and safety regulations, electrical documentation and drawings, AC and DC machines, circuit breakers, transformers, energy efficiency, earthing (or grounding) and lightning, power systems protection, DC and AC emergency power supplies, electrical wiring regulations, high voltage supplies, and power quality.


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