Protection system basics for electricians

This one day training course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed for persons required to access and work on Western Power’s operational secondary systems.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for people who require a basic grounding knowledge of protection equipment and schemes as used in transmission and sub-transmission environments.


  • Network Authority Card (NAC) preferred
  • Western Australian Electrician’s Licence preferred

Note: All prerequisites need to be current.

Learning outcomes

The intent of this course is to provide a basic knowledge of protection equipment and schemes as used in Western Power.

As a result of attending this course participants should be able to:

  • identify non-differential and differential type protection schemes
  • understand the concept of discrimination and grading
  • identify different types of mechanical protection schemes and their application
  • have a basic understanding of digital, circulating current, opposed voltage and impedance measuring protection schemes
  • identify key component of protection schemes

PPC and PPE requirements

No personal protective equipment or clothing is required for the course.

PTSWA training room standards apply:

  • smart casual attire (no shorts)
  • enclosed footwear


Assessments are included in this course. Participants will not be considered to have completed this course until all assessments have been completed to a satisfactory level.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.