Professional Certificate of Competency in Earthing and Lightning Protection

Course Duration
  • 3 Months
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Electrical Engineering
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 5 November 2024
Course Type
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Electrical Engineering
Course Fees

Course Overview

The course mainly focusses on Earthing, Bonding, Lightning, and Surge Protection. The objectives cover the basic principles and importance of earthing, how to test/earth certain equipment, the different types of earthing system in-depth, followed by lightning and surge protection on various locations.

Course Benefits:

  • You may be eligible to claim CPD points through your local engineering association.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion from EIT.
  • Learn from well-known faculty and industry experts from around the globe.
  • Flexibility of attending anytime from anywhere, even when you are working full-time.
  •  Interact with industry experts during the webinars and get the latest updates/announcements on the subject.
  •  Experience a global learning with students from various backgrounds and experience which is a great networking opportunity.
  • Gain fundamental knowledge about Earthing, Bonding, Lightning, and Surge Protection.
  • Study the basic principles of earthing, types and components of earthing and surge protection systems.
  • Learn the latest industry standards and procedures for earthing and lightning protection.
  • Get information on the best practices on earthing for mitigation against effects of faults and lightning strikes.

Course Details

The course will commence by defining earthing and reviewing basic earthing needs followed by the basic principles of earthing. The components of earthing system and types of earthing system will be discussed to get a deeper understanding of earthing application. Adding to this, Earthing in Substation and UPS Earthing will be reviewed.

The second part of the course gives an exposure to Lightning. It discusses Lightning effects, including the vital topics such as Lightning safety, Lightning protection of structures, and Lightning protection of electrical lines and substations, which are crucial to protecting various components from lightning and its adverse effects. Adding to the Lightning, the topic Surge Protection will be explained, which involves the protection of electrical lines from other sources of lightning such as surges, transient voltages, electrical faults, switching, etc. Towards the end Maintenance of lightning protection systems, Safety regulations and Standards will be studied.

Module 1: Introduction and Earthing Basics

  • Objectives of earthing
  • Defining earthing
  • Principle of earthing

Module 2: Components of Earthing Systems

  • Earth electrode (rods, tapes, etc.)
  • Main earthing terminals or bars
  • Earthing conductors
  • Protective conductors
  • Equipotential bonding conductors

Module 3: Types of Earthing and Earthing Systems

  • Solid-earthed neutral
  • Unearthed neutral
  • Resistance-earthed neutral. Low-resistance earthing. High-resistance earthing.
  • Reactance-earthed neutral
  • Using earthing transformers
  • MEN system

Module 4: Substation Earthing

  • Need of earthing in substation
  • Earthing of insulator
  • Earthing of current transformer
  • Earthing of isolator
  • Earthing design

Module 5: Earthing in UPS

  • Points to be taken care while earthing UPS
  • Transformer-based/transformer-less UPS with bypass
  • Transformer-based UPS without bypass
  • Transformer-less UPS without bypass
  • UPS with Isolated bypass

Module 6: Lightning Physics and Effects

  • The physics of lightning
  • Effect of lightning strike on objects on the ground
  • Indirect effects of lightning
  • Effect of lightning strike on electrical installation

Module 7: Introduction To Lightning

  • Lightning protection basics
  • Lightning protection system for a building or structure
  • Lightning detection and warning systems
  • Role of grounding in lightning protection systems

Module 8: Safety Regulations and Standards

  • Human safety aspects
  • Importance of lightning detection
  • Standards and Codes of Practice
  • Risk of lightning strike – statistics
  • Risk assessment approach
  • Personnel safety measures against lightning strike

Module 9: Lightning Protection of Structures

  • Basics of lightning protection of structures
  • Lightning protection levels
  • Lightning protection system design approach
  • Main components of a lightning protection system
  • Materials used in lightning protection systems

Module 10: Lightning Protection of Electrical Lines and Substations

  • Effect of lightning strike on electrical installations
  • Protection of electrical lines
  • Protection of electrical substations

Module 11: Surge Protection

  • Surges and surge protection
  • Principle of surge protection
  • Surge protection devices
  • Positioning and selection of lightning/surge arrestor

Module 12: Maintenance of Lightning Protection Systems

  • Introduction to lightning protection systems maintenance
  • Need for maintenance
  • Maintenance activities
  • Review questions/exercises

This course is designed for personnel who want to understand earthing, its types, components of earthing system, and lightning protection. Those who will benefit the most from this course include the following: 

  • Electrical and Instrumentation Technicians
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineers
  • Electrical Inspectors
  • Consulting Engineers 
  • Project Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Electrical Contractors 
  • Safety Professionals
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Power System Protection and Control Engineers 
  • Building Service Designers 
  • Data Systems Planners and Managers  

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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Deepak Pais is a highly experienced electrical engineer who has worked across the globe. His career has spanned multiple industries, including zinc mining and smelting, marine and logistics, automobile, and electricity distribution.

Learn about our instructors.

  • Power System Engineers
  • Principal/Senior Earthing Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Power Engineer
  • Senior Electrical Designer
  • Earthing & Bonding Engineer
  • Instrumentation & Control Engineer
  • Installation Engineer
  • Consulting Engineer

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 program has a 65% attendance requirement in the live webinars in order to graduate from the program.  If you are unable to attend the live webinars, you have the option of watching the recording of completed webinars and sending a summary of what you have learnt from the webinar to the Learning Support officer.  The summaries go towards your attendance requirement for the program.

This program is run online on an intensive part-time basis and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

We understand that sometimes work commitments and personal circumstances can get in the way of your studies, so if at any point you feel that you are struggling with the pace of the course or finding a particular module challenging, you are encouraged to contact your designated Learning Support Officer for assistance.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

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