Electrical Testing and Commissioning

Electrical Testing and Commissioning

This Electrical Testing and Commissioning Training course covers practices and procedures that are essential to the safe start up of any electrical system for the first time, regardless of its size, type or industry.

Electrical Testing and Commissioning is a very special occurrence and poses some unique challenges to electrical personnel. Inexperience and poor planning will inevitably result in prolonged delays in the start up which can lead to costly productivity losses. This course provides invaluable information to anyone who wishes to know and understand the role of Electrical testing, troubleshooting and commissioning of electric power systems.

The importance of planning and preparation for the project, from engineering to testing, troubleshooting and commissioning and eventual start up, will be emphasized. This course deals with safety considerations and testing and start-up procedures for all the components of any electrical system. The course leader will also offer useful guidelines on what to do when things go wrong during this phase of a project. This course provides guidelines to anyone who wishes to know and understand the role of commissioning in a project, whatever its size. The importance of planning and preparation for the project, from engineering to commissioning and start up, will be emphasized. This course includes the safety considerations in maintenance and testing procedures for all the components of any electrical system.

This Electrical Testing and Commissioning course focuses on the building blocks of sound electrical maintenance fundamentals and electrical design, and then integrates that informatio. 

It begins by reviewing basic electrical circuits and electrical laws. You are then exposed to the basic principles of electrical generation, transmission, and distribution. Electrical distribution is covered in considerably more detail, followed by power system protection and its components in terms of isolators, fuses, and circuit breakers.

The Electrical Testing and Commissioning course continues with an examination of AC and DC motors and lighting and illumination. Other major topics include electrical safety, national codes, and customer installations.


WHO should attend

Design engineers, electrical engineers, commissioning and testing engineers, consulting engineers, electrical technologists, project managers, project engineers, plant managers, operating and maintenance personnel and all individuals involved in electrical equipment maintenance, testing and commissioning project execution.


Students receive

  • FREE 100-Page Digital Electrical Maintenance Handbook (Value $20)
  • $100 Coupon Toward any Future Electricity Forum Event (Restrictions Apply)
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits
  • FREE Magazine Subscription (Value $25.00)
  • Course Materials in Paper Format





Electrical System Documentation


  • IEEE Device numbers
  • Drawing Symbols
  • Single lines drawings
  • 3 line drawings
  • AC/DC Trip & Control Schematics
  • Electrical Wiring Diagrams & Connection Wiring Diagrams
  • General System Design, Lay-out and Drawings
  • Protection Relay Setting Sheets
  • Manufacturer Manuals
  • Warranty


Analysis and Design of Electrical Systems


  • Time-Current Characteristics
  • Ground Fault Systems
  • Coordination studies
  • Short Circuit Studies
  • ARC Flash Calculation
  • Dynamic Load Study –Motor starting
  • Unbalance Load Study


Testing Procedures


  • DC Voltage Testing Techniques
  • Insulation resistance tests
  • Step voltage and high voltage tests
  • Testing power factor correcting capacitors
  • AC Voltage Testing Techniques
  • Power factor and dissipation factor tests
  • Power Transformer On Power and Off Power Testing
  • Power Transformer Oil Testing


Electrical Safety Requirements during System installation and Equipment Maintenance


  • Construction Site Considerations
  • Safety during a start up project
  • Temporary generators and construction power
  • Personal Protective Equipment Voltage Detection Equipment, Hot-sticks, Grounds
  • Temporary Grounds
  • Interlocking
  • Tagging and Permits
  • Qualified Electrical Personnel
  • Roles and duty of Authorizing Personnel


Commissioning Electric Power Systems


  • Management of Start Up & Commissioning Projects
  • Turnover Packages
  • Terminology
  • Objectives
  • Specifications
  • Documentation
  • Drawing control, field mark ups and "as built"
  • Test sheet document control
  • Keeping track of completed tasks
  • Deficiency tracking




Commissioning Electric Power Systems

Large Area System Commissioning


  • Ensuring the system is working completely
  • Using electrical drawings & flow-sheets
  • Sensing Devices
  • Isolating devices and isolating points


Transformer Commissioning


  • General Construction, Operation & Safety
  • Field Assembly and Vacuum Filling of Power Transformers
  • Handling Transformer Oil, Tap-changers
  • Transformer Protective Devices, Bushings, auxiliary devices alarms & trips
  • Dry type transformers: inspection, acceptance tests
  • Liquid type transformer: inspection, and acceptance tests
  • Routine transformer tests: AC high potential testing, polarity test, induced potential test, polarization index test, and DC winding resistance tests
  • Transformer Oil test, On Power and Off Power Expectation.


Circuit Breaker and Switchgear Commissioning


  • General Construction, Operation & Safety
  • Metal Clad Switchgear construction and safety features
  • Commissioning Switchgear
  • 600V Breaker construction and safety features
  • Capacitors
  • Current Transformers
  • Instrument Transformers, Test switches, Metering and Relaying Devices
  • Insulation resistance measurement test
  • DC or AC hi-pot testing
  • Power factor or dielectric loss test
  • Circuit breaker contact resistance test


Commissioning Control Systems and Instrumentation


  • Field devices
  • Input and outputs
  • Program verification
  • Power up and start-up
  • Sensors
  • PLC and PAC Based Systems
  • Distributed Control Systems


Commissioning Motors and Drive Systems


  • Motor checks and testing
  • Wiring & cable Run
  • VFD checkout and start-up
  • Filters
  • Servo Systems


Substation Equipment Commissioning


  • Ground Grid Design, Grounding (Step & Touch Potentials, Earth Resistivity, Bonding Resistance)
  • Testing ground grids and soil resistivity
  • High voltage towers and switches
  • Outdoor SF6 Breakers
  • Other Breaker Types
  • Other Substation Equipment


Plant Start Up Procedures


  • Pre-energization checklists
  • First energization procedures
  • Phase rotation and other measured system parameter
  • Systems and their integration
  • Energizing sequence
  • Safety considerations
  • Load checks
  • Documentation
  • Correction of defects
  • Spare parts
  • Final acceptance


4:00 pm -- Day 2 Wrap Up


  • Review Quiz
  • Questions and Discussions



Both days:

Start: 8:00 a.m.
Coffee break: 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 noon
Finish: 4:30 p.m.



Registration Fees & CEU Credits

The registration fee to attend this training course is $799 + GST/HST.

Register and prepay 14 days before forum date and receive an early bird registration fee of $749 + GST/HST

Register 3 delegates at full price $799, and get a 4th registration FREE!

Earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits

Successful completion of this course qualifies delegates to receive a certificate of course completion with indicated CEUs.


CEUs are granted by the Engineering Institute of Canada. One CEU is equivalent to 10 professional development hours of instruction.

This course earns 1.4 CEUs.

Course Locations

May 7-8 , 2018

Sandman Signature Vancouver Hotel & Resort

10251 ST. Edwards Drive
Richmond, BC

May 9-10 , 2018

Sawridge Inn Edmonton South

4235 Gateway Blvd NW
Edmonton, AB

May 15-16 , 2018

Sandman Airport Hotel

310 Circle Dr
Saskatoon, SK

May 17-18 , 2018

Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport

1750 Sargent Ave.
Winnipeg, MB

May 23-24 , 2018

Hampton Inn and Suites Toronto Airport

3279 Caroga Drive
Mississauga, ON

Course Schedule
Corporate Sponsors
Candura Instruments

On-Site Training Available

We can present this Electrical Testing and Commissioning Course to your electrical engineering and maintenance staff, on your premises, tailored to your specific equipment and requirements. We are ready to help design this program for you. Click on the link below to request a FREE quotation.


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