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This One-day course is designed to help those understand the construction and maintenance requirements for substation batteries. Anyone directly involved in maintaining or those requiring an understanding of the various tests and or analyzing test results will gain a better understanding of best maintenance practices as required by industry accepted standards.

Our Program Is Based On:

- Canadian Standards Association: CSA Z463- Standard for Maintenance of Electrical Systems

- Canadian Standards Association: CSA Z462- Standard for Electrical Safety.

- National Electrical Testing Association (NETA): ANSI/NETA 2019 Standard for Maintenance Testing Specification

- IEEE Standards 450, 1106 & 1188 Standards for Battery Maintenance

Additionally, as certified course developers, Canada Training Group courses are professionally designed to the standards of the Canadian Society of Training and Development, as well as the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. Canada Training Group is also proud to be ISO 9001 certified.

Our Instructor Team

Our instructors are certified electrical professionals with decades of hands-on field experience and solid credentials as professional adult learning instructors. This program includes professionally designed slides, videos, extensive use of case studies and hands-on demonstrations of common electrical problems. This program examines the electrical hazards found in industry and stresses the importance of the individual employee proactively recognizing hazards and applying safe work practices with the goal of zero incidents.


The successful candidate will be able to:

- Understand the difference Predictive & Preventive maintenance programs

- Review multiple tests as per industry standards • Be able to recognize deficiencies and take/recommend corrective action

- Work safely


Quotations are available on request. This program can be modified to suit your specific needs. We will be happy to conduct a needs analysis with you to determine your specific requirements. It can be conducted either on-site or off-site.

Next Substation Battery Testing & Maintenance Courses
September 25 – 25, 2020 LIVE 2-Way Video
OR20369 $750.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
October 21 – 21, 2020 LIVE 2-Way Video
OR20338 $750.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
November 6 – 6, 2020 LIVE 2-Way Video
OR20425 $750.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
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Course topics

I. Battery Types

Objective: Review the basic of batteries commonly used in substation DC supplies

II. Failure Modes

Objective: Review what causes premature battery failure.

III. Maintenance Philosophies

Objective: Review the mainteance requirements for each type of battery system

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I. Battery Types

Objective: Review the basic of batteries commonly used in substation DC supplies

  • Lead-acid overview
  • Nickel-Cadmium Overview
  • Battery construction and nomenclature
  • Configurations
  • Single post batteries
  • Multiple post batteries.

II. Failure Modes

Objective: Review what causes premature battery failure.

  • Discuss the failure modes for commonly used battery types, Lead-acid (flooded) failure modes, Lead-acid (VRLA) failure modes, Nickel-Cadmium failure modes  

III. Maintenance Philosophies

Objective: Review the mainteance requirements for each type of battery system

  • Discuss maintenance philosophies based on the IEEE standards
  • How to maintain the battery
  • Standards and common practices, IEEE 450, IEEE 1188, IEEE 1106
  • Summary best way to test and evaluate your battery

IV. Practical Battery Testing

Objective: Review the individual test procedures required to safely perform the work. Review how to analyze the test results obtained.

  • Capacity test
  • Procedure for capacity test of vented lead acid battery
  • Impedance test
  • Impedance theory
  • Intercell connection resistance
  • Testing and electrical paths
  • Voltage
  • Specific gravity
  • Float current
  • Battery testing matrix – IEEE recommended practices



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Next Substation Battery Testing & Maintenance Courses

Date City & prov Venue Code
September 25 – 25, 2020 LIVE 2-Way Video MST/GMT-6 Teleconference OR20369 Register
October 21 – 21, 2020 LIVE 2-Way Video CST/GMT-5 Teleconference OR20338 Register
November 6 – 6, 2020 LIVE 2-Way Video EST/GMT-4 Teleconference OR20425 Register
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