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Online Seminar 1: How to Test Protective Relays (16 NETA CTDs)

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Online-Seminar-1-How to Test Protective Relays

This online protective relay testing seminar follows Chris Werstiuk (author of The Relay Testing Handbook) as he shows you the basic skills you need to test any digital relay with any modern test-set. Watch this series of videos on any device with speakers or headphones, and a high-speed internet connection. The videos are broken down into logical chunks that you can watch at any time, and in any order, so that you can fit this series into your busy schedule.

What do I get when I enroll in the “How to Test Protective Relays Online Seminar” today?

  1. Download a simple flowchart you can follow to test any digital protective relay with any test-set.
  2. Unlimited access to over 14 hours of videos where Chris Werstiuk tests various relays using different test-sets and explains how he is performing the test, and why.
  3. Download content so you can follow along if you wish.
  4. Comment sections to ask Chris questions, and interact with other students.
  5. Ask for more content if you don’t see your relay or test-set represented in the course.
  6. 16 Pre-approved NETA CTDS when you complete the seminar.

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Why should protective relay test technicians take this relay testing training course?

Traditional relay testing plans are laser focused on the relay’s protective elements like inverse time overcurrent (51) or line distance protection (21). Many relay test plans start by re-configuring a digital relay to make it operate like an electro-mechanical relay, and then apply electro-mechanical relay test procedures to record a pickup and timing results. The relay is reconfigured during the test procedure for every element until all of the enabled elements are tested. This is a great way to get results for a test sheet and the test routines make sense in an electro-mechanical relaying world because electro-mechanical relays can be calibrated. Modern digital protective relays do not have these adjustments and simply do not fail in the same way that electro-mechanical relays do. So why are we performing the same kinds of tests?

Chris Werstiuk (author of The Relay Testing Handbook) spent most of his relay testing career finding mistakes in digital relays that, at best, caused confusion for operating personnel and, at worst, prevented the relay from operating at all for any fault. His testing procedures started like the ones described above, but they evolved over time as he found new mistakes that prevented a relay from operating correctly. Chris began finding more and more errors in relay settings as his test plans changed to become more realistic, and he often found problems in relays that were in-service for years that would never operate because they had been tested using electro-mechanical procedures. Most of these problems are obvious if you know where to look, and the test plan described in this seminar can be faster, more efficient, and more effective than traditional test plans.

This seminar explains how to test protective relays using Chris’ decades of relay testing experience and nearly a decade of relay testing training to make smarter test plans hat are more effective and more efficient than traditional test plans.

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Don’t forget that you can always ask questions in the comments section at the bottom of each lesson and topic.

For example, some students have suggested that they want to follow along with their test-sets and relays.

That’s a fantastic idea!

You will get maximum benefit from this seminar if you have a test-set and any digital overcurrent relay so you can follow along. If you can’t find relay settings to download in the “Upload the Relay Settings” lesson, send us the appropriate information about the relay and we’ll add it to the download list.

If you don’t have a practice relay, you can contact a relay manufacturer to request a demo relay, or you can rent one from us by sending us an email with your shipping address.

Another student idea requested a spot for all downloads int he course.  That’s another fantastic idea.  You can get a comprehensive list of all of the downloads in the Online Seminar Group.

This course is eligible for 16 NETA Continuing Technical Development Credits (CTDs). NETA Certified Technicians (Level III and Level IV) are required to earn a minimum of 48 CTDs every three years to maintain their certification. For more information about the CTD program and requirements, please contact the NETA office at [email protected] or 888-300-6382.

Introduction to Relay Testing

Obtain and Review the Relay Settings, Drawings, and Application

Create a Checklist of all Elements, Outputs, and Signals to be Tested

Isolate the Relay from the System

Connect the Test-Set to the Relay

Upload the Relay Settings

Perform an Acceptance Test

How to Test Protective Elements

Perform a Commissioning Test

Perform Maintenance Tests

Post Testing Tasks

Final Thoughts on Relay Testing