Online Seminar 2: How to Test Protective IEDs/Relays (16 NETA CTDs)

12 Lessons

In this seminar, you’ll get to look over my shoulder as I test modern digital relays from start to finish with different test-sets, using everything I’ve learned from over 20 years of relay testing.

You’ll learn the basic skills you need to test any digital relay with any modern test-set, how to perform each testing step, and why each step is important.

I’ll show you how to make smarter test plans that are quicker and more effective than traditional methods (including tips and tricks you won’t find in any manual or YouTube video).

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

  • Download a simple flowchart you can follow to test any digital protective relay with any test-set.
  • Unlimited access to over 18 hours of videos where Chris Werstiuk tests various relays using different test-sets and explains how he is performing the test, and why.
  • Download content so you can follow along if you wish.
  • Comment sections to ask Chris questions, and interact with other students.
  • Ask for more content if you don’t see your relay or test-set represented in the course.
  • 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 that are more effective and more efficient than traditional test plans.

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How it Works:

This online seminar contains over 18 hours of videos (usually less than 15 minutes each) that you can watch at your own pace in any order with an internet connection. You have unlimited, 24/7 access to all the videos with no expiration date. Each video has closed captioning, fast-forward/rewind/play speed controls, and you can revisit the videos whenever you wish. You can learn how to use these features by clicking the Get Help menu at the top of every page.

We try to follow a “Show, Don’t Tell” philosophy in all our videos and use realistic conditions as much as possible. You can watch the instructor test different relays with different test-sets and explain what he is doing every step of the way. We didn’t cut out the mistakes he made while testing and creating the settings, so you will also see how to troubleshoot problems when they happen.

We encourage you to ask questions in the comments below each video. If you are asking about something specific in the video, please add the timestamp in the video where your question came from so that we can get you answers more quickly.

You will get a certificate of achievement when you complete all of the topics and lessons in the seminar that you can use for continuing education credits with your organization. There are too many accreditation organizations for us to keep track of, so we are only seeking pre-approval from NETA. Please let us know if you need any help getting accreditation with your organization. We will do the best we can to help you.

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.

Get your questions answered inside these lessons:

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