Professional Certificate of Competency in High Voltage Design and Installations

EIT Professional Certificate of Competency in Hazardous Areas and Intrinsic Safety for Engineers and Technicians endorsed by the International Society of Automation (ISA)


  • Apply practical solutions to your HV installation designs
  • Plan a HV substation to meet the load demand, customer’s quality of supply expectations, and site conditions
  • Design a HV substation based on sound engineering practices
  • Solve worked HV examples
  • Consider environmental factors in HV design


The 2018 schedule is currently being finalized. Please contact us for more information and future start dates.






As this course is conducted on a global scale, it’s focus is not on one single standard. Instead, it aims to provide an overview of key international standards. These standards apply to all customer and utility high voltage installations and compliance is mandatory. The course will begin by discussing the need for electrical standards and guidelines as well as the role of regulating bodies. It will then discuss important safety measures, power system planning and earthing system design and lightning protection. The course will then examine important protection techniques, overhead system and line design as well as underground cable design and sizing. The increasing awareness of environmental considerations in HV design will be discussed and particular standards referenced.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Local and international electricity standards

Need for electrical standards and guidelines
Difference between a standard and a guideline
Regulating bodies, working groups and research contributing towards the compilation of standards and guidelines (local and international)
What are the most fundamental requirements of the standard?
Consequences of non-conformance to standards

MODULE 2: Safety measures

Earthing systems
Insulation coordination
Basic Insulation Level (BIL)
Electric shock
Power frequency test

MODULE 3: Power System Planning

Planning criteria: safety, reliability, flexibility
Load forecasting
Voltage selection
Site conditions: IP class, soil resistivity

MODULE 4: Security and System Studies

Security of supply: Busbar configurations
System studies: load flow analysis, fault calculations

MODULE 5: Earthing System Design

Need for earthing
Earthing electrodes
Earthing mesh
Equipotential bonding
Static charges
Lightning and its effects

MODULE 6: Earthing and Lighting Protection

Earthing methods
Solidly earthed
Resistance earthed (NER)
Impedance earthed
Resonant earthing (tuned reactor)
Soil resistivity
Touch potential
Step potential
Earthing of MV/LV installations
Lightning protection

MODULE 7: Power System Protection

Relay types
Fault types
Protection functions
Protection criteria: speed, stability, sensitivity, simplicity, selectivity
Current transformers: CT ratio, Burden, CT error, CT accuracy class
Voltage transformers: VT ratio, VT error,
VT accuracy class

MODULE 8: Protection

Protection techniques: IDMT, DT, high-set instantaneous, directional protection, differential protection, distance protection
Protection schemes: feeder protection, transformer protection, line protection, motor protection

MODULE 9: Overhead System Design

Line design criteria
Line definitions: sag, span, slack, swing of conductor, conductor tension

MODULE 10: Overhead Line Design

Line conductor codes
Line conductor ampacity
Line conductor sizing: line conductor fault capacity, line capacity voltage drop

MODULE 11: Underground Cable Design

Cable system criteria: cable codes, cable ampacity

MODULE 12: Underground Cable Design

Derating factors
Cable fault capacity
Cable voltage drop

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Electrical Power System Protection EIT course

Fee Information

Course Fees

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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.


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More 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.


I: Vocational Education & Training (VET) program

II: Higher Education program

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is what some of our past students have said about EIT Electrical courses:

 "The course outline and presentation was very good. It started at the basics and graduated to the more complex. The course, even though online, requires your full attention. This course actually shows me that online courses are just as effective as face to face courses. I wil surely like to do more courses with the EIT" K. Adegoke

"I have very much enjoyed the course.  It helps me to understand why we have electrical protection and the types of protection needed" M. Futengim

"e-learning fits well with my busy work schedule and home life" C. Brady

"It's hard to beat training in the same room as the instructor - but e-learning offers fantastic flexibility to people who cannot afford to take time off work for training. The course instructor was absolutely top class and there was never even a hint of a gap in his knowledge of the subject matter" S. Tarrant

"I found this course very informative, and thoroughly enjoyed it.   Great communication throughout and also very helpful when I needed help" R. Patrick

"The course really helped me understand the basic concepts related to protection system" S. Sridhara


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