Advanced Protective Relay Testing Training Classes

5.00 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)

$1,250.00 USD$3,000.00 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?

Sign-up to the following classes at the bottom of the page:

We can also 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.

We periodically offer classes at various locations across the USA with most classes held in Denver, CO. Check the pull-down list at the bottom of this page to see which classes are available for registration, or click here for a calendar of future classes and locations. Don’t see a class near you? Help us pick the best locations for training classes here.

What prerequisites are required?

Prospective students should have completed the Protective Relay Testing Fundamentals Class or been approved by a Valence instructor.

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

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 or 888-300-6382.

How much does the class cost?

The tuition for regional classes range from $1,250.00 to $1,850 USD, depending on your test-set requirements and includes all class materials and lab relays.

Class at your location ranges from $5,000 to $7,500 USD, depending on the number of workstations required.

We do not charge tax on training classes.

Students are responsible for all travel, accommodation, and meal expenses.

Why are there so many options? / What option should I choose when I enroll?

All of our classes are organized by workstations that include:

  • A maximum of two students (We’ve found that two students working together learn more than a single student)
  • A relay that we supply
  • A test-set, test leads, communication cables, and tools supplied by one of the students for a workstation
  • A laptop and calculator supplied by each student at the workstation.

Some students have a test-set and prefer to work alone. We offer the “I’m bringing a test-set for my personal use” price option for those students. Their price is higher because we have a limited number of workstations and won’t be able to fill the class to capacity if no-one shares.

Some students have a test-set and are willing to share. We offer the “I’m bringing a test-set that I’m willing to share” price option for those students. Their price is lower because we will be able to enroll more students with people who pick this option.

Some companies want to send two students with a test-set to share a workstation. We offer the “Two students sharing a test-set” price for them.

Students who can’t bring their own test-set should choose the “I don’t have a test-set” option. We’ll arrange the class so that you can share a workstation with another student using the same brand of test equipment. Their price is higher to make the “bring a test-set and share” option more attractive.

We will look at all of the student enrollments and contact each of you to confirm your selections before we finalize the class. Feel free to contact us if you have a special situation.

Can I cancel?

You can cancel with no penalty up to 60 days before the class start date. Substitutions may be made at no charge. We can work with you to find a substitution, if you require one.

What should I bring?

Students should treat this class as an actual relay testing job and bring all of the equipment they would normally use on the job, including:

  • their laptop computer
  • up-to-date test-set software
  • up-to-date SEL software
  • test-set
  • test leads
  • tools
  • communication cables to talk to the test-set
  • communication cables to talk to SEL relays
  • their favorite calculator

We can supply some of these items upon request, but we strongly recommend that you bring the equipment you will use in the real world to be sure that you can apply what you learn with us during your day-to-day activities. We also recommend bringing example drawings and relay settings to use in class.

When do I make my travel arrangements?

We reserve the right to cancel or change any class before an official confirmation notice is sent to you. Do not make any fully non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation from us, usually 4 weeks from the first day of class.

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

12 reviews for Advanced Protective Relay Testing Training Classes

  1. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

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

  4. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

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

  8. 5 out of 5

    Excellent instruction

  9. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

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

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