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Electrical courses meeting specific legislation

Minor Electrical Works including Inspection and Testing

Two-day course

If you're a service or installation engineer, it's increasingly common to be required by law to complete a Minor Electrical Works Certificate following a domestic/industrial installation.

This course will allow you to provide adequate certification on completion of your work in line with the requirements of BS7671.

Although the course focuses directly on the inspection and testing of minor works, it also covers issues relating to installation practices.

We recommend that you have a basic understanding of electrical installation practices before attending this course.

  • Overview of the relevant legislation
  • Earthing and circuit protection arrangements
  • Minor Works Certification
  • Inspection techniques
  • Test instrumentation, terminology and interpretation
  • Safe electrical isolation procedures
  • Related theory and practical assessments

Duty Holders

One-day course

If you're an Electrical Duty Holder, or if you want to know more about obligations under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, this course is for you.

Although aimed at electrical persons, it's also ideal for non-electrical persons with a responsibility for electrical safety.

While it covers all systems voltages, the course focuses on electrical systems, installations, equipment and procedures operating at low voltage (up to 1000 volts AC).

Please note that the course specifically excludes mines, quarries, public distribution or generating equipment.

  • Definition of a Duty Holder
  • Relationship with other legislation
  • Relationship with non-statutory documents
  • Enforcement and penalties
  • Designing safe electrical systems
  • Maintaining electrical systems in a safe condition
  • Ensuring safe work activities, risk assessments, safe systems of work and permit to work systems
  • Providing, maintaining and using protective equipment
  • Ensuring electrical systems are of suitable strength and capability in all conditions
  • Ensuring electrical systems are suitable for adverse or hazardous environments
  • Basic protection
  • Fault protection
  • Suitability of connections
  • Protecting against overcurrent
  • Isolating and switching
  • Safe isolation of supplies and working dead
  • Live working
  • Adequate working space, safe access and lighting
  • Demonstrating competency
  • Case studies

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

One-day course

This course is ideal if you’re looking to gain an awareness of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

It covers all system voltages, investigating electrical systems, installations, equipment and procedures operating at low voltage (up to 1000 volts AC).

The course is suitable for both electrical persons and non-electrical persons with responsibility for electrical safety.

It specifically excludes mines, quarries, public distribution or generating equipment.

  • Extent and application of regulations
  • Relationship with other legislation
  • Relationship with non-statutory documents
  • Enforcements and penalties
  • Regulation 4: Systems, work activities and protective equipment
  • Regulation 5: Strength and capability of electrical equipment
  • Regulation 6: Adverse or hazardous environments
  • Regulation 7: Insulation, protection and placing of conductors
  • Regulation 8: Earthing or other suitable precautions
  • Regulation 10: Connections
  • Regulation 11: Means of protecting against excess of current
  • Regulation 12: Means of cutting off the supply and isolation
  • Regulation 13: Working on equipment made dead
  • Regulation 14: Working on or near live conductors
  • Regulation 15: Working space, access and lighting
  • Regulation 16: Competency
  • Regulation 29: Defence

Emergency Lighting to BS5266 Overview

One-day course

This course is aimed at engineers, electricians and other personnel who need an understanding of emergency lighting to BS5266.

You will gain essential knowledge of different types of emergency lighting, appropriate schemes, required documentation, and inspection and testing requirements.

  • Appropriate scheme types
  • UK law and regulatory authorities
  • BS5266 Part 1
  • Documentation
  • Inspection and testing
  • Products and systems

Earthing and Bonding

One-day course

The course provides electricians and electrical engineers with a focused awareness of IEE requirements relating to the earthing and bonding of low-voltage electrical installations.

It also aims to help Duty Holders comply with Regulation 8 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

  • The role of earthing and bonding
  • Terminology
  • Automatic disconnection of supply
  • Protective devices
  • Earthing systems
  • Basic fault protection
  • Exposed and extraneous conductive parts
  • Protective bonding
  • Supplementary bonding
  • Maximum permitted disconnection times during earth faults
  • Additional protection
  • Suitable materials for protective conductors
  • Selecting suitably sized protective conductors
  • The general requirements to BS7671
  • Special locations of installations
  • Transformer and generator earthing (overview)
  • Principles of inspection and testing

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

One-day course

This course covers the basic requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, as well as the cross-over between the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

  • Suitability of work equipment
  • Maintenance, operations and inspections
  • Dealing with specific risks
  • Information, instructions and training
  • CE marking
  • Dangerous parts of machinery and guarding
  • Protecting against specific hazards
  • Extremes of temperature
  • Change control
  • Controls, control systems, markings and warnings
  • Isolation
  • Stability
  • Lighting
  • Mobile work equipment
  • Power presses

Electrical Risk Assessment

One-day course

This course is designed for engineers, electricians and other personnel responsible for electrical safety in the workplace.

It carefully considers the generalised risk assessments documented in the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 and offers clear and effective methods of compliance.

The course is split into two parts, the first dealing with the inspection of electrical systems and equipment. The second looks at evaluating risk, and at measures to minimise or eliminate it.

  • Sections relating to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
  • Sections relating to the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999
  • General risk assessment relating to electrical machinery
  • Risk assessment associated with the European Machine Directives and the Supply of Machinery Regulations 1992

Electrical Safety Awareness

One-day course

This course is aimed at those who require an awareness of the dangers of electricity and the basic principles for maintaining a safe environment.

It's suitable for non-electrical people, and can provide a useful refresher for electrical personnel.

The course looks specifically looks at systems operating at 230 volts and 400 volts, but also considers reduced-voltage systems and supplies at SELV.

  • Applicable legislation
  • Non-statutory documents
  • Risks associated with electrical safety – electric shock, burns arcing, fires, explosions and secondary effects
  • Insulating conductors
  • Enclosures and barriers
  • Fuses and circuit breakers
  • Earthing
  • Double insulated equipment
  • Wiring systems
  • Maintenance, inspection and testing
  • User checks
  • Examples of dangerous situations
  • Action for defective equipment
  • Importance of electrical design
  • Electrical certification
  • Competence
  • Safe systems of work

Adjustable Frequency Drives for Motor Controls

One-day course

This introductory-level training course is aimed at electrical, mechanical and other servicing personnel responsible for the commissioning and maintenance of low-voltage variable frequency drives used for motor speed control.

Using the latest technology, it explores the basic operational principles of adjustable frequency drive units, offering an in-depth analysis of commissioning techniques and controlling features.

It's recommended that candidates have some basic electrical knowledge as well as:

  • Familiarity with common electrical quantities
  • Awareness of the principles and relevant terms for three-phase AC induction motors
  • Knowledge of the application of basic test instruments
  • Applications for variable speed control systems
  • Overview of the principle of operation
  • Constituent parts of variable frequency drives
  • Signal and power cable considerations
  • Setting and commissioning procedures
  • Interrogation and interpretation of the variable frequency drive's software parameters
  • Generic fault code diagnosis and serviceability for VFDs/AFDs
  • Appropriate tests and test instruments
  • Preventative measure to improve drive and motor service life

Domestic Heating Control Systems

One-day course

If you're an electrician or domestic installer looking to add electrical installation and maintenance of domestic heating control systems to your services, this course is for you.

It includes detailed theory and practical projects that cover the fundamental aspect of domestic heating systems. Both are formally assessed.

  • Overview of the relevant health and safety requirements
  • The relevant statutory regulations regarding domestic heating systems
  • Knowledge of different types of heating systems
  • Knowledge of heating control devices, wiring and concepts of heating control
  • The assessment of the suitability of a domestic installation to accommodate heating control wiring
  • Installation and commissioning of the most common heating control systems using the appropriate tools and instruments
  • Performing fault-finding techniques on heating control systems using the appropriate tools and instruments
  • Completing the appropriate tools documentation to comply with the requirements of the wiring regulations

Generic PLC

Three-day course

This course is for businesses that don’t use a specific type of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) platform, or a system to fulfil process automation requirements.

It introduces electrical and non-electrical maintenance staff, service personnel and engineering managers to the basic operational principles for most PLC systems.

Focusing on one of the most familiar programming representations, Relay Ladder Logic (RLL), the course uses an exceptional PLC simulation / emulation software package that removes the complications associated with vendor specific, proprietary PLC interfacing software. This helps with a clear understanding of fundamental programming techniques.

The course assumes little or no previous knowledge of PLCs. It's designed for those currently working within the engineering maintenance industry who have a growing need to maintain and develop PLC-controlled systems, plant or equipment.

  • Definition of a PLC and overview of the principles of operation
  • Creation of new and editing existing PLC automation programmes
  • Overview of PLC control program representations
  • Common instructions of automation requirements
  • Program development for simulated applications
  • Save and restore PLC programs
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Overview of physical PLC hardware and software
  • Practical demonstration sessions with physical PLC systems from common vendors

Mitsubishi PLC

Five-day course

This introductory-level training course looks at the configuration, maintenance, documentation and programming of PLCs from the Mitsubishi FX series, using MS Windows WinFX interfacing software.

Designed for those new to Mitsubishi FX PLCs and associated software, the course provides a general overview of the past and present Mitsubishi PLC range, with a focus on the FX modular platforms.

It targets relevant maintenance issues associated with the PLC-controlled systems. Specific aspects of programming PLCs to perform end user functions are also covered in a series of practical automation assignments.

  • Overview of the principles of operation for the Mitsubishi PLCs
  • An overview of the WinFX PLC automation software editing programme
  • Creation of new WinFX automation projects
  • FX PLC automation project hardware types and configuration
  • FX signal module input and output and internal memory addressing structures
  • Changing the PLCs operating mode
  • Monitoring a PLC online
  • Save and restore PLC automation project database to and from the standard internal or external data storage media
  • FX PLC automation project documentation and reporting
  • Searching the FX PLC automation project for applicable instruction set references

Siemens PLC

Five-day course

This introductory-level training course teaches the configuration, maintenance, documentation and programming of PLCs from the Siemens S7 family, using standard Siemens S7 interfacing software.

It concentrates on the S7-300 platform, but also makes comparisons with the S7-400 range.

The course is designed for those who are just beginning to work with the Siemens S7 PLCs and associated software.

It offers a general overview of past and present Siemens PLCs, and examines relevant maintenance issues associated with PLC-controlled systems.

Certain aspects of programming PLCs to perform end user functions are covered within a series of practical automation assignments.

  • Overview of the principles of operation for the Siemens S7 PLCs
  • An overview of the Step S7 PLC automation software editing programme
  • Creation of new S7 automation projects
  • S7 PLC automation project hardware types and configuration
  • Signal module input and output and internal memory addressing structures
  • Changing the PLC’s operating mode
  • Monitoring a PLC online
  • Save and restore PLC automation project database to and from the standard internal or external data storage media
  • S7 PLC automation project documentation and reporting
  • Searching the S7 PLC automation project for applicable instruction set references.
  • S7 PLC fault 'stack' diagnosis

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