Introduction to switching operations

Overview of the responsibilities of an Authorised Switching Operator at Western Power, including the use of GEOVIEW, POF and SPIDAweb.

Note: The eNAR process is covered in greater detail in PTS 859 – Introduction to eNARs.

Course duration

2 days

Suitable for

People who raise eNARs or need to understand the eNAR process, including:

  • Cert III distribution lineworkers
  • Cert III distribution cable jointers
  • electricians
  • transmission lineworkers
  • transmission cable jointers.

Course includes

  • compliance with regulatory requirements for customer notifications (LSE)
  • completion of an eNAR to the satisfaction of system management requirements
  • base knowledge of Western Power’s switching computer applications.


  • completion of Western Power’s online SPIDAweb training
  • Western Power login with access to The Grid
  • access to PowerOn Fusion H/V webview
  • access to Geoview with access to LSE customers.

All of these prerequisites are mandatory. If you do not have access to the applications listed above, you cannot continue with the training.

Applying for system access

You must apply for access the above systems before you attend this course. This is done via the Western Power IT Service Desk.
Complete the following online forms to apply for system access:

  1. PowerOn Fusion H/V webview access request form - CLICK HERE
  2. Geoview with access to LSE customers access request request form - CLICK HERE

Please note:

  • We recommend you allow sufficient time for the processing of your access (a minimum of 7 working days prior to class commencement ).
  • The application request must be made by you and your Formal Leader, PTS cannot submit this application for you.
  • If you attend class without the correct access, you will be deemed as not having the required prerequisites to continue.

What to wear

  • PPE Level 1
  • Hard Hat

For more information about Western Power PPE requirements view the Western Power PPE Procedure




Certificate of Completion

Associated Authorisations

LENAR eNAR Authorisation

To be awarded this authorisation, you must have either:

  • completed both PTS 795 – Introduction to Western Power switching procedures & PTS 859 – Introduction to eNARs, or
  • concurrently completed this course and PTS 859 – Introduction to eNARs.

For information on how to apply for an Authorisation, contact the Authorisations Team

Additional Information

  • Completion of this course PTS 858 (Introduction to switching operations) and PTS 859 (Introduction to eNAR) are a prerequisite for all other switching levels UNLESS you have completed PTS 795 (Introduction to Western Power switching procedures).
  • If you have completed PTS 795 (Introduction to Western Power switching procedures), you are not required to complete PTS 858 but must complete PTS 859.

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