Advanced Protective Relay Testing Training Classes

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)

$1,250.00 USD

3-Day Classes (Tues, Wed, Thurs 8:00 am – 4:30 pm), 24 CEUs

Utility environments and transformer relays can be more complicated than the simple feeder relays usually found in industrial environments. The Advanced Protective Relay Testing Training Class builds on the Protective Relay Testing Fundamentals Class to allow trainees to test transmission lines and transformer relays, including the following relays and elements:

  • Directional Overcurrent (67)
  • Impedance Protection (21)
  • Transformer Differential Protection (87)
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories SEL-311x, 321, etc.
  • General Electric UR Dx0, Fx0, Tx0, SR-745
  • Beckwith Electric Co M-33xx

Every class we offer is tailored to the students in the room, which means we don’t have a constant stream of PowerPoint presentations and pre-canned exercises! Every class is unique. You are guaranteed to come away from this class with more knowledge and skills to become a better relay tester. You can read some reviews of previous classes by clicking the Reviews tab above.

Who should take this class?

Relay technicians who are comfortable testing overcurrent (51/51), over/under voltage (27/59), and over/under frequency (81) elements and want to test the majority of relays installed on the electrical system.

All students must have attended the Protective Relay Testing Fundamentals Class or completed the How to Test Protective Relays Online Seminar before attending this class. No exceptions! This class contains techniques that even seasoned relay testers may not be familiar with. We used the honor system in past classes, but students that overestimate their abilities get overwhelmed quickly and learn nothing, while the students who put in the work beforehand lose the practice time necessary to really internalize these topics because we spent too much time reviewing the fundamentals.

If you can’t confidently answer the questions in the quiz below and apply them to your next relay testing project, you should take the Protective Relay Testing Fundamentals Class first:

Relay Testing Fundamentals or Advanced Relay Testing Training Class

Where do I take this class?

We can bring the Protective Relay Testing Fundamentals Class to your location. Please request more information with this form.

Don’t have enough personnel to make it cost effective to bring our instructor to you?  Contact us to see if we can minimize your costs by creating an open-registration, regional training class near your location.

If you or your team can’t confidently answer the questions in the quiz below and apply them to your next relay testing project, you should take the Protective Relay Testing Fundamentals Class first:

Relay Testing Fundamentals or Advanced Relay Testing Training Class

What topics will be covered?

Day 1 Topics

  1. Introduction
    • Power systems
    • Substation configurations
    • Zones of protection
  2. Testing directional overcurrent elements (67)
  3. Introduction to distance protection (21)
  4. Impedance diagrams

Day 2 Topics

  1. E-M relay target testing
  2. Testing Zone-1 distance protection (21)
    • MTA tests
    • Reach tests
    • Timing tests
  3. Testing Zone-2 distance protection (21)
    • Three-phase
    • Phase-phase
    • Phase-ground
  4. Dynamic relay testing

Day 3 Topics

  1. Introduction to differential protection (87)
    • Buss vs. transformer
  2. Testing differential protection (87)
    • Single-phase/single taps
    • Single-phase/multiple taps
    • Three-phase/phase shifts
    • Minimum pickup
    • Slope 1 vs. slope 2
    • Harmonic restraint
  3. Testing synchrocheck elements (25)* (Optional)

What kind of credits do I get?

The Advanced Protective Relay Testing Training Class is eligible for 24 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.

How much does the class cost?

Class at your location ranges from $5,000 to $8,500 USD, depending on the number of workstations required.

We also have the following protective relay testing classes available. Click on any link to learn more:

13 reviews for Advanced Protective Relay Testing Training Classes

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric Lemke – Senior Field Engineer – Tidal Power Services

    A different perspective on relay testing, especially since most testing companies use automated testing. It helps better understand the operation of the relays and how the results were obtained. Not just button pushing……..

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    John LeBlanc

    I was really impressed with the instructors knowledge of both the test equipment and the relays which we tested. I have been to several advanced relay training courses and this was by far the best yet. It is great that it is given by a tester, for testers. I highly recommend this course to anyone who tests relays no matter what their skill set is.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Approach the class with an open mind no matter your background experience.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    J. Ronning, American Electrical Testing

    Would have saved me a lot of learning curve if I had had this course when I started testing distance and differential relays a couple years ago. Even with a couple years of experience, it filled in some gaps.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Advanced Class Student

    This course is well layed out and the material is presented in a way that is easy to follow if you have basic relay experience/understanding. If not I would recommend taking the basic relay course first.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Relay Testing Class Evaluation Entry

    This course is a must for relay testing engineers who struggle with the testing of more advanced relay functions such as line distance and transformer differential. Instruction on the background and theory of the functions is followed by hands-on testing of these functions on relays that are commonly encountered in the field.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    USBR Palisades Dam William Steffes

    simplistic approach is very good starting point to testing your relays and finding all the problems

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave Johnston US Bureau of Reclamation

    Excellent instruction

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sam Harrison – AET, Inc.

    This course was probably hands down the best relay training course I have ever taken in my 13 years of relay testing. It is obvious the instructor knows what he talking about and is very enthusiastic about relay testing. His approach makes it easy for someone to understand what the relay elements are trying to accomplish and how to properly test that element. This class should be on every relay technician’s list as not only part of their certification but also as a refresher. Well done!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rune Winn, Field Engineer, Emerson Network Power

    You really get a sense of why relay testing is so important before a system goes into service. You also get hands-on training testing the more complicated relays in use today. The instructor is knowledgeable and has a great deal of experience in the field.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Relay Course Evaluation

    Chris is an excellent instructor that was able to teach at everyone’s level from beginner to advance. Chris didn’t move on until he felt everyone had a grasp of what he was teaching, so nobody got left behind. I like the fact that Chris taught from his experience and not from a book written by some else. I look forward to taking other classes with Chris.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Relay Course Evaluation

    You need to take the beginning sections in order to get as much as you can from the advanced course.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Relay Course Evaluation

    Review any of Chris’s YouTube videos that relate to the relays you will be going over, and if possible purchase the Relay seminar video and review the modules that pertain to “Dynamic testing”, it will be the best investment of time and money you could make as a Relay Tech.

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