How to Test Protective Relays Online Seminar (16 NETA CTDs)

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This online protective relay testing seminar follows Chris Werstiuk (author of The Relay Testing Handbook) as he shows you the basic skills you need to test any digital relay with any modern test-set. Watch this series of videos on any device with speakers or headphones, and a high-speed internet connection. The videos are broken down into logical chunks that you can watch at any time, and in any order, so that you can fit this series into your busy schedule.

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

  1. Download a simple flowchart you can follow to test any digital protective relay with any test-set.
  2. Unlimited access to over 14 hours of videos where Chris Werstiuk tests various relays using different test-sets and explains how he is performing the test, and why.
  3. Download content so you can follow along if you wish.
  4. Comment sections to ask Chris questions, and interact with other students.
  5. Ask for more content if you don’t see your relay or test-set represented in the course.

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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 hat are more effective and more efficient than traditional test plans.

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What do you cover in this online protective relay testing seminar?

We cover the following information using a variety of relays and test-sets for every topic

Lesson 1 – Obtain and Review the Relay Settings, Drawings, and Application

  • Obtain and Review the Relay AC Single-Line Drawings
  • Obtain and Review the Relay AC Three-Line Drawings
  • Obtain and Review the Relay DC Drawings
  • Obtain and Review the Relay Main Settings
  • Obtain and Review the Relay Logic Settings
  • Obtain and Review the Relay Global and Port Settings

Lesson 2 – Create a Checklist of all Elements, Outputs, and Signals to be Tested

  • Create a Checklist of All Elements to be Tested
  • Create a Checklist of all Logic, Outputs, and Signals to be Tested

Lesson 3 – Isolate the Relay From the System

  • Understanding FT Style Test Switches
  • Isolate the Relay From the System

Lesson 4 – Connect the Test Set to the relay

  • Connect the Test-Set to the Relay
  • Connect the Test-Set to the Relay – Alternate DC Connections
  • Connect the Test-Set to the Relay – Alternate AC Connections

Lesson 5 – Upload the Relay Settings

  • Upload Relay Settings

Lesson 6 – Perform an Acceptance Test

  • Record the Relay Self-Test Results
  • Check all Digital Inputs and Outputs
  • Perform a Meter Test – Option 1 – Balanced Three-Phase
  • Perform a Meter Test – Option 2 – Unbalanced Three-Phase
  • Perform a Meter Test – Option 3 – Combined Meter Test
  • Perform a Meter Test – Open-Delta PTs

Lesson 7 – How to Test Protective Relay Elements

  • Percent Error and Metering Specifications
  • Relay and Element Specifications
  • Understand the Basic Operation of the Element
  • Understanding The Power System
  • Choose the Appropriate Fault Type for the Test
  • Perform Ramping Pickup Tests via Relay Setting Changes
  • Perform Ramping Pickup Tests via Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
  • Perform Ramping Pickup Tests via Automatic Ramp
  • Perform Ramping Pickup Tests via Hybrid Ramp
  • Perform Manual Pulsing Pickup Tests
  • Perform Automatic Pulsing Pickup Tests
  • Troubleshooting Pulsing Pick Up Tests
  • Perform Inverse Timing Tests
  • Perform Instantaneous/Definite Time Timing Tests
  • Perform Dynamic Pickup/Timing Tests

Lesson 8 – Perform a Commissioning Test

  • Testing Physical Outputs
  • Testing Virtual Outputs/Front Panel Display
  • Testing Digital Logic
  • Putting it All Together with Standard Pickup/Timing Tests
  • Putting it All Together with Universal Pickup/Timing Tests
  • Putting it All Together with Dynamic Pickup/Timing Tests

Lesson 9 – Perform Maintenance Tests

  • Download All Settings, Events, and Meter Logs
  • Perform Self-Test and Meter Tests
  • Verify All External Inputs and Watch Them Change State
  • Verify that All Outputs Operate Correctly

Lesson 10 – Post Testing Tasks

  • Clear Metering, Sequence of Event, and Oscillography Records
  • Return The Relay to Service
  • Submit Your Report

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 or 888-300-6382.

Do you want to enroll more than one person to our online training courses?  No problem!  Click the “Enable Group registration” checkbox at the bottom of any course, then choose how many people you want to register before you click “Add to Cart”.  All bulk and coupon prices will still apply. You control who gets enrolled to the course via the “Group Registration” page. Enroll one at a time, or upload your entire team via a simple csv file. We’ll automatically create everything they need to start the course and send them an email with their user name, password, and course links.

8 reviews for How to Test Protective Relays Online Seminar (16 NETA CTDs)

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):


  2. 5 out of 5


    If you graduate the Electrical Power Engineering before, Please refer the handbook first before watching the seminar.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Excellent training course it is.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Many people cannot attend a formal classroom training as they may be from very far locations around the world, this training allowed me to gain knowledge and also review when I did not grasp a part of the lesson, also there was the forum to ask questions. I believe that the lessons are well prepared and it was really good that the instructor shared his experiences along the way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is a fantastic course in how to test relays and covers aspects that are not found anywhere else – set up, print and documentation review, testing philosophy, the testing process and reporting results. The quality of the material in these videos and Chris’s engaging delivery have led me to be infinitely more prepared to take on the task of relay testing than ever before.

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  7. 5 out of 5


    Most of the ‘relay’ problems I have faced were actually human errors instead of equipment errors. Most relay tests would not catch these errors. Examples: Wrong CT/PT ratios, wrong polarity.

    This course helped show how testing a relay can also catch human errors in the installation of equipment or wiring and the programming.

    This course is unlike any I have ever seen. I have paid ten times the cost to attend training in person, and the training usually covers mostly theory and standards. This course actually shows you how to do real-world relay testing.

  8. 5 out of 5


    That this is a great source of knowledge that may have been over looked or not even taught. A resource I will definitely be going back to when I’m prepping for a job or have a question that the videos answer.

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