This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need a strong understanding of the AS/NZS 3000 standard.
Please note: the AS/NZS 3000 standard is not implemented in New Zealand at this stage.
At a glance
- 3 Months
- Professional Certificate
- Electrical Engineering
This course covers the requirements laid down in the standard AS/NZS 3000, commonly known as the Australia – New Zealand Wiring Rules. For those installations covered in the scope of this standard, its provisions are mandatory and must be followed. Any engineer involved in the planning and design of electrical systems, their installation, or maintenance, must have a clear idea about the various requirements contained in the standard.
The primary purpose of this standard, like many of its various other equivalent national standards, is to ensure the safety of personnel against the dangers arising from the use and handling of electrical equipment and appliances. The introductory modules of this course outline the basic principles that should be understood for a better appreciation of the standard. These include modules that illustrate the calculation for the power demand of a system and the computation of earth fault currents, as discussed in the appendices of the standard. These are informative and are very important in making an electrical system safe for operation. The actual provisions of the standard are then discussed in detail in the subsequent modules.
Please Note: Students will need to provide their own copy of the AS/NZS 3000:2018 Standards
The course is composed of 12 modules, covering the requirements of the AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules and how to apply them, the importance of fulfilling the requirements for safe use of electrical equipment and systems, and simple methods of calculating to check the adequacy of conductors and protective earthing components to ensure safe operation.
Module 1: Introduction and Overview
- Brief scope and contents of Australian Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000)
- Selection and installation of electrical equipment and safety considerations
- Selection and installation of wiring systems
- Earthing and its importance in safety
- Testing and verification
Module 2: Insulation of Electrical Systems and Its Role in Safety
- Functions of electrical insulation
- Air as an insulator
- Solid and liquid dielectrics
- Insulation class and temperature ratings
- Role of electrical protection
- Calculating the demand of electrical systems for proper conductor sizing (as per AS/NZS 3000 Appendix – C)
Module 3: Earthing of Electrical Systems
- The need for earthing of electrical systems
- At the source (system earthing)
- At the load (protective earthing)
- Methods adopted for system earthing
- Protective conductor
- Equipotential bonding
Module 4: Earth Fault Detection and Protection
- Earth fault sensing methods
- Calculation of earth fault current
- Earth fault loop impedance
- Limits of LV feeder lengths for proper earth fault detection (as per AS/NZS 3000 Appendix – B)
Module 5: AS/NZS 3000 Standard – Scope and Definitions
- Protection for safety
- Design of an electrical installation
- Selection of electrical equipment
- Installation of electrical equipment
Module 6: General Arrangement, Control and Protection
- Arrangement of electrical installation
- Control of electrical installation
- Fault protection Protection against overcurrent
- Additional protection by residual current devices Protection against overvoltage
- Protection against under-voltage
- Protection against fire hazards due to arcing faults
Module 7: Selection and Installation of Wiring Systems – Part 1
- Types of wiring systems
- Current-carrying capacity
- Sizing of conductors
- Voltage drop considerations in sizing
Module 8: Selection and Installation of Wiring Systems – Part 2
- Enclosure of cables
- Aerial wiring systems
- Busbar trunking systems and rising mains
- Earth sheath return system
Module 9: Selection and Installation of Electrical Equipment
- Protection against thermal effects
- Connection of electrical equipment
Module 10: Earthing Arrangements and Earthing Conductors
- Earthing Functions
- Earthing arrangements
- Multiple Earthed Neutral (MEN)
- Earthing of equipment
- Equipotential Bonding
- Earth fault loop impedance
Module 11: Damp Situations
- Baths, showers, fixed containers
- Pools, tubs
Module 12: Special Electrical Installations
- Locations containing baths, showers or other fixed water containers
- Extra-low voltage electrical installations
- High voltage electrical installations
- Hazardous areas, emergency areas
- Visual inspection
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars. Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
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