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This customized three-day course will ensure that your electrical workers are proven qualified for the electrical tasks that they are performing as specified by OSHA/OH&S/MOL/DOL and other AHJ’s, the Criminal Code of Canada, NFPA 70E, CSA Z462, and industry standards. It is 60% projects and hands-on and will ensure that your successful participants truly have the knowledge, and can demonstrate the skills, to perform their electrical operating tasks safely and properly, and ensure that you have fulfilled your due diligence requirements under all legislation.

It encompasses both indoor and outdoor substations with the major emphasis on indoor substations and electrical rooms. The course is taught by substation safety professionals each with over 35 years of hands-on maintenance, testing and troubleshooting experience with exemplary safety records working in generating stations, substations and plants.

The course is taught using our Lab 2.2, a 53' highway trailer outfitted with 25kV, 15kV, 5kV, and 480/600V electrical equipment with full cutaways giving complete access to the equipment during switching and racking.

This customized program will include certification on all your electrical systems from 120V to 138kV with safety demonstrations and practical projects on substation equipment allowing participants to conduct potential tests, perform lockout/tagout, isolations, switching, phasing and apply safety grounds using hot sticks. Simple and complex lockout/tagout can be performed combining electrical, mechanical, fluid, process, optical, overhead crane and physical guards with written, verbal, hand signal and radio communication while using Category 2 and 4 PPE. We also have simulated overhead distribution lines with fuses, cutouts, switches and grounding capability.

This lab contains: 1 - 25kV mini-OCB, 1 – 15kV GICB, 1 – 15kV S&C fused distribution load break disconnect, 1 – 5kV ACB with puffer, 1 – 5kV vacuum motor starter, 1 – 600V switchgear column with two ACB’s, 1 - 600V MCC with motor starters and GE Fanuc PLC’s, 1- 600V main disconnect and switchboard, 1 - 600V panelboard, numerous 600V load break and safety isolation disconnects, 120/240 and 120/208 panels, overhead system, voltage detectors, HV voltmeter, hot sticks, static sticks, ground clusters and DLRO, phasing sticks and simulation, switching sticks, rubber gloves, rubber and other cover ups, racking rails, overhead hoist and CB lifting hooks, locks, tags, specialized inductance demonstrator and mini-generation system.

This training originated in 1980 and has been attended by engineers, electricians, technologists, technicians and operators performing, supervising or managing electrical switching and who require these skills to be certified as competent and qualified to safely and properly perform their job.

This course will benefit any worker who wants to continue enjoying their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

We do not do canned courses. If your workers are required to be certified please contact us and our professional development team will contact you to determine the needs of your organization, your facility and your staff.

All of our equipment is in complete switchgear and can be racked in and out providing an exact replication of common substation activities as well as mechanical binding issues. This training will be customized to your needs at our expense.

We guarantee to ensure that your workers are qualified to work safely and competently on your electrical systems in both normal and emergency situations.

Our partner, Canada Training Group, has trained 25,000 industrial workers since 1980 and has been training HV electrical workers since 1981 with extensive experience on 4,160V to 13.8kV systems. Our instructional staff have anywhere from 37 to 56 years of high voltage safety, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and engineering experience with exemplary safety records on systems to 550kV.

The instructional design has been done to the standards of the Canadian Society for Training and Development, the American Society for Training and Development, and the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. This training incorporates the work of Bloom, Mager, Harless, Kirkpatrick, Kolb and Gardner and follows the ADDIE ISD process.

The instructional design leader is Dave Smith; he has been a qualified instructional designer since 1968 and is the 2014 recipient of two international Mensa awards. The Mensa Education and Research Foundation has awarded Dave the International Intellectual Benefits to Society Award for his dedicated work in electrical safety, as well as the International Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement for his design and development of three mobile electrical training labs. He is the first Canadian to win an international Mensa award and the only person in Mensa history to ever win two awards. Dave is a Red Seal industrial maintenance electrician who diligently applies his unique talents to industrial electrical training.

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Course topics


Objective: Realize the damage electricity can cause to the human body and understand the basic principles of safety in normal and abnormal conditions.


Objective: Understand how to relate and apply the Arc Flash mitigation guidelines as set out by the National Fire Protection Association and the Canadian Standards Association.


Objective: Learn to recognize all energy sources and hazards created by various electrical equipment and devices.

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Objective: Realize the damage electricity can cause to the human body and understand the basic principles of safety in normal and abnormal conditions.

  • Electrical Faults
  • Electrical Accidents
  • Electrical Faults
  • Electrical Accidents


Objective: Understand how to relate and apply the Arc Flash mitigation guidelines as set out by the National Fire Protection Association and the Canadian Standards Association.

  • Limits of approach for electrical shock and flash hazards
  • Arc flash parameters
  • Determine curable burn distance during a short circuit
  • Determine energy released during a short circuit
  • Techniques for reducing arc flash energy
  • Selection of proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Review the three types of electrical hazards:
  • Describe conditions required for each to occur
  • Describe procedures to reduce these hazards
  • Describe the impact of V, A & T on flash hazard and electrocution
  • Describe fault current available
  • Review calculation methods for a supply transformer
  • Describe the impact of I2T on electrical hazards


Objective: Learn to recognize all energy sources and hazards created by various electrical equipment and devices.

  • Insulation
  • Cables
  • Power Transformers
  • Instrument Transformers
  • Fault Currents
  • Disconnects
  • Switchgear
  • Breakers
  • Fuses
  • Relays
  • Starters
  • Motors
  • Capacitors
  • Emergency Systems


Objective: Understand legislation and apply methodologies to comply.

  • Legislation
  • Electrical Code
  • Purchasing Controls
  • Engineering Controls
  • Training


Objective: Establish an accessible and usable system of practice that will protect both life and liability.

  • Rules
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Safe Work Procedures
  • Codes of Practice
  • Operating Procedures
  • Permits & Clearances
  • Switching Procedures


Objective: Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the required PPE and ancillary High Voltage safety equipment available.

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Safety Equipment
  • Signs and Barriers
  • Equipment Protection
  • Interlock
  • Grounding


Objective: Understand and apply preventative and post-accident meetings, analyses and reports.

  • Inspections
  • Job Planning
  • Pre-job Meeting
  • Hazard Identification
  • Hazard Reporting


Objective: Learn and apply safe practical skills.

  • Limits of Approach
  • Switching Practices


Objective: Learn the dangers of and how induced currents and ground gradients are produced and how to safely select, install and maintain temporary grounds for protection of the worker. Create an equipotential zone of safety with the proper application of temporary protective grounds

  • Describe potential gradients as they relate to ground faults
  • Describe how & where step, touch, mesh, and transferred potentials may appear during a ground fault
  • Induced Voltages
  • Safe Grounding Procedures
  • Grounding and dissipation of residual energy
  • Temporary Grounds
  • Protective Grounding Planning
  • Protective Grounding Preparation


Objective: Interpret and use a single line diagram to write a switching sequence to safely isolate an electrical device for work. Validate existing operating orders and switching procedures. Develop and maintain mandated documentation for all electrical equipment isolation and maintenance work.

  • Single Line Diagrams
  • Using Prints
  • Electrical System Drawings
  • Safety Documentation
  • Isolation
  • Lockout/Isolation
  • Switching Workshop


Objective: Carry out Hazard/Risk Analysis in determining the degree and extent of hazards for maintenance tasks on all electrical equipment.

  • Necessity of job planning to safely perform task
  • Hazard Control Workshop
  • Job Planning Worksheet


Objective: Integrate and follow common standards in your operating and switching procedures.

  • Electrical Safety Standards
  • Circuits that Affect Apparatus
  • Establishing an Electrically Safe Work Condition
  • Specific Procedures, Practices and Orders


Objective: Safely and properly operate, switch, isolate, test, lock, tag, ground and rack out/in 480/600V MCC’s and switchgear.

  • 480/600V Disconnects
  • 480/600V MCC’s
  • 480/600V LVPCB’s
  • Parallel Generators


Objective: Safely and properly operate, switch, isolate, test, lock, tag, ground and rack out/in 5kV breakers and starters.

  • 5kV Breakers
  • 5kV Starters


Objective: Safely and properly operate, switch, isolate, test, lock, tag, ground and rack out/in 15kV breakers and disconnects.

  • 15kV Disconnects
  • 15kV/25kV Breakers
  • Dave Rodda

    Years of Experience

    Dave Rodda began his career at the age of 7 when he took his father’s HIFI system apart. From there he enrolled in the Electrical Electronic courses offered at Hellgate High School in Missoula Montana. After a career in the US Navy as a 2nd Class Machinist Mate, he returned to the University of Montana looking to becoming a teacher while working summers for an electrical contractor. With the...

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  • Dave Neal

    Years of Experience

    With 33 years of on the job experience at Hydro One, doing consulting work for McGregor Allsop, Trow Engineering Consultants and Dillion and Associates, Dave has acquired extensive knowledge of electrical equipment, installations and legislative requirements. While with Hydro One, Dave was involved with many projects including: - Held the lead role in the implementation of the new Training Development...

    • Wayde Pardy, Kiewit Energy Canada Corp.
      “I evaluate the instructor, Dave Neal as a very experienced and professional teacher. He kept us interested during the 2 days of instruction with his knowledge and years of work history.”
    • Chris Page, Cogeco
      “Dave made the course interesting with many real-life examples and using his experience. He asked appropriate questions of the group and encouraged involvement by all.”
    • Terry Williams, Manning Forest Products
      “The course was very informative and really opens my eyes to the dangers of arc flash. There are so many things from the course I or we can take and implement at our division immensely. Dave Neal was very knowledgeable and was able to share stories and information that directly relates to our mill.”
    See Dave Neal CV
  • Edward Rideout

    Years of Experience

    Ed Rideout has been involved with the electrical field in many ways for nearly 35 years. His electrical experience started when he was just out of vocational school and was hired as the sole electrician at a local fish plant in charge of six fishing trawlers, a power house and a fish plant facility. In 1975 Ed went on to work with Nova Scotia Power, first as an apprentice electrician in a generating...

    • John Gazzola, Lynk Electric
      "I thought the instructor was very good. He had an excellent understanding of the subject matter. And was very open to taking questions and gave good answers. Very good course."
    • Jamie Ingjaldson, Mosaic Potash
      “Ed was a very good instructor and used his work experience/knowledge very well to help communicate material.”
    • Rodney Pettigrew, Kramer Ltd.
      "Ed is very knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating. He made a challenging course very interesting."
    See Edward Rideout CV
  • Jim Roberts

    Years of Experience

    Jim Roberts brings over 34 years of experience in the electrical field. A graduate from the Georgian College Electrical Engineering program, he started his career at Toronto Hydro Electrical Systems as a High Voltage Underground Cable Fault Technician then proceeded to Toronto Transit Commission where he obtained his red seal 309A electrical license and became a Maintenance/Construction Electrician...

    • Terry Simpson, Department of National Defence, RPOPS Electrician
      “Jim Roberts is a knowledgeable instructor in this area of the trade. His course is a definite requirement.”
    • Shoaib Patel, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Jim Roberts was a good instructor. He was very clear in helping us understand how to safely deal with high voltage. He also made us aware of all the dangers that we could come across.”
    • Bernice O'Neil, Lambton Kent DSB
      Excellent course, full of need to know current info.
    See Jim Roberts CV
  • Fred Tanguay

    Years of Experience

    With 30+ years of knowledge and experience gained from working in a variety of areas including power apparatus maintenance and commissioning, power engineering and design as well as training seminars for industrial and utility clients, Fred has a lot to offer students. In addition to an in-depth background in these areas, Fred also has qualifications in the following: - Occupational Health & Safety...

    • Kent Strong, Syncrude Canada
      “Fred was very informative. He gave good direction and let us work at resolving issues with patience.”
    • Shaun Jones, Enbridge Pipelines
      “Fred was knowledgeable, practical and thorough. The instruction was great, showing different troubleshooting techniques was definitely useful. Answered a lot of the theory by participating in experiments. I thought the course was beneficial.”
    • Justin Lynch, Syncrude Canada
      Instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable. Course was very good and lots of hands on work. Learned lots and opened my eyes in a few things. I would recommend this course.
    See Fred Tanguay CV
  • Terry Yonkheym

    Years of Experience

    Terry Yonkheym brings over 28 years experience in training and practical electrical maintenance to Canada Training Group's electrical, safety and high voltage programs. Terry's extensive service record for Ontario Hydro began as a Power Maintenance Electrician Apprentice, progressing through attaining the Inter-Provincial Construction and Maintenance Electrician's license, Journeyperson status and...


    • Sigmond Bush, Liberty Machinery Testing
      “Terry was very descriptive, clear on the content and great at answering questions.”
    • Jason Dalton, Substation Electrician, Newfoundland Power
      "Used personal experience very well to get key points across. Related very well to students and was there for help whenever needed"
    • Philip Payne, City of Ottawa
      “Another good course from Canada Training Group. Terry was very good. We could use more trade-related courses like this one.”
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