Professional Certificate of Competency in Power Distribution


Course at a Glance

Course Name - Professional Certificate of Competency in Power Distribution

Course Code - CPD

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 Power Distribution endorsed by the International Society of Automation (ISA)


  • Correctly implement the right type of switchgear for the appropriate application
  • Economically select and install the best-suited power cable for a specific application
  • Evaluate the need for power factor correction and successfully implement correction strategies
  • Implement successful maintenance strategies and procedures
  • Effectively use software techniques to solve problem areas in your power network
  • Plus more!

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This is a practical course in power distribution, focusing on medium voltage (1kV- 36kV) power considerations, switchgear, power cables, transformers, power factor correction, earthing, lightning protection and network studies. You will gain technical know-how in these areas not covered by university or college programs.

At the end of this program participants will be able to:

  • Understand practical power distribution fundamentals
  • Determine short-circuit ratings quickly and effectively
  • Assess the influence of fault levers on switchgear ratings
  • Select the correct type of switchgear for the right application
  • Evaluate the advantages of modern state-of-the-art switchgear protection for your applications, including preventative maintenance information
  • Identify the different applications for various cable insulation types
  • Know when and how to use single core cables versus three core cables
  • Specify correct power cable installation methods
  • Correctly use and protect power transformers
  • Assess and specify correct grounding/earthing throughout your electrical network
  • Determine the need for Power Factor Correction (PFC) for your environment
  • Assess the economic justification for installing PFC equipment
  • Correctly specify PFC equipment and be aware of practical consequences
  • Confidently use computer simulation software to solve and predict power network problems

Course Outline


History and growth of power distribution
Benefits of 3-phase AC power system
Typical characteristics of an industrial distribution system
Voltage classification
Multiple voltage levels in power distribution
Types of distribution arrangements and redundancy

MODULE 2: Distribution System Planning

The need for system planning
Approach to system planning
Data collection
Protection of future growth of electricity demand
Location of key assets
Selection of basic system parameters
Planning of electrical system configuration
Equipment ratings/sizing
Selection of appropriate equipment
System studies needed for planning
Software packages used for system studies

MODULE 3: In-plant Generation and its Integration with Plant Power Systems

Why in-plant generation?
Cost of power interruptions in critical processes
Types of in-plant generation
Parallel operation of in-plant generator with external source
In-plant power generation sources
Integrating in-plant generation with plant distribution


Transformer theory
Voltage control
Power transformers and distribution transformers
Installation of transformers
Fire protection measures for large transformer installations

MODULE 5: Switchgear

Indoor and outdoor construction
Metal enclosed switchgear basics
Major components
Safety features
Switchgear ratings
Typical switchgear example

MODULE 6: Circuit breakers

Types of circuit breakers
Comparison of various breakers
Construction of typical circuit breaker
Fault detection of cable installations
Major components and auxiliary systems

MODULE 7: Low voltage distribution

LV switchgear types
LV circuit breakers
Releases for LV circuit breakers

MODULE 8: Cables

Types and construction of cables
Basic design, selection and sizing
Insulating materials for LV and HV cables
Accessories for cable installation
Fault detection of underground cable installations
High voltage power transmission using cables

MODULE 9: Fundamentals of protection

Need for protective apparatus
Basic requirements
Components of protection systems
Protection in distribution systems
Protective relays for circuit breaker application
Role of fuses in LV and MV distribution
Protection integrated in LV devices
Importance of settings and co-ordination of protective relays
Time and current grading

MODULE 10: Earthing and safety

Electrical shock - why does it happen?
Touch and step potential (voltage)
Direct and indirect contact
Role of electrical insulation in safety
Avoiding electric shock-different approaches
Earthing of power supply and its safety implications
Role of earthing of equipment enclosures in human safety
Earthing in outdoor installations
Lightning safety
Lightning protection of structures

MODULE 11: Power quality

What is power quality?
Need for improving power quality
Variations in voltage amplitude and reasons
Equipment sensitivity
Handling voltage abnormalities
Tackling voltage fluctuations and flicker
Effect of power interruptions and needs of equipment
Redundancy and automation
Power factor and power factor improvement by capacitor banks

MODULE 12: Asset Management and power system automation

Asset records
Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
Insulation deterioration
Diagnostic techniques
Problems that may be found during switchgear maintenance
Defect management
Growth of automation in power industry
What is SCADA ?
Requirements for the SCADA master station
Requirements for SCADA remote units
Issues relating to SCADA deployment
Power system automation and its functions
Power system automation architecture
Communications with Network Control Center

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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EIT Professional Certificate of Competency in Power Distribution

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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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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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