Valence Electrical Training Services

Valence will be at the 32nd Hands-On Relay School

Valence Electrical Training Services is proud to participate in the 32nd Annual Hands-On Relay School which happens in Pullman, WA between March 16-20, 2015.

Chris Werstiuk will present Valence’s “End-to-End Testing” paper during the Concurrent Open Lectures on Monday and Tuesday morning. We will also be at the Supplier’s Showcase on Tuesday evening where you can find out more about our hands-on relay training options, online relay training, and The Relay Testing Handbook.  We’ll have signed copies of the The Relay Testing Handbook: Principles and Practice and The Relay Testing Handbook: End-to-End Testing available for purchase.

This is the best relay testing training environment in the country by far, and spots fill up quickly.  We strongly recommend that you sign up as soon as you can to make sure you get a spot. The school has the following format for most students:

  • You can attend your choice from a number of theory lectures on Monday  and Tuesday mornings.
  • You go to hands-on relay testing training labs for your specific track topic on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Most of the labs have test-sets from various manufacturers, so this is a great opportunity to see how they all operate under the same conditions.
  • Tuesday night is the supplier showcase in Moscow, ID where you can visit with the different vendors who serve the relay testing industry.
  • You continue with the labs all day Wednesday and Thursday.

Here is the description from their website:

Hands-on Relay School

The Hands-On Relay School is a professional development short course to train protective relay technicians, electrical/power plant technicians, engineers and protective relay test specialists.

Students are enrolled in one of seven tracks for the duration of the school:

  • Basic
  • Distribution
  • Transmission
  • Generation
  • Electromechanical
  • Automated Relay Testing
  • Theory

 Students participating in these tracks will:

  • Become familiar with manual or automated test methods for a variety of protective relays and test equipment.
  • Gain valuable knowledge relating to relay applications and operating characteristics.
  • Exchange ideas and resolve problems in an open forum.
  • Learn preventative and corrective maintenance methods.

Application Process and Fees

  • School fee of $650 includes the electronic copies of lecture notes, Sunday night reception, Tuesday night Vendor Showcase, one Wednesday night banquet meal, break refreshments, and parking fees.
  • Priority is given to utilities providing lab facilitators, lecturers, steering committee support, and Western Energy Institute member utilities, if the application is received by January 25, 2015. Remaining slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Applicants select which track they wish to attend in order of preference. Every effort will be made to place students into their preferred track, but track placement is by availability and subject to the priorities as described above. Many tracks will fill up and students may not be able to get their preferred track. If we are unable to place you in a track you have selected, or in an acceptable substitute track, your full application fee will be refunded.
  • Students will be notified in writing no later than February 10th as to their acceptance into the school and track placement. You are not accepted to attend unless you receive the confirmation of acceptance from WSU.
  • Questions? Call 800-942-4978 or 509- 335-3530, or e-mail us at [email protected].  Visit our website at


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Valence Electrical Training Services is the independent source for protective relay training for relay testers. We offer: • Online Training Courses that can be completed at any location at any time • The Relay Testing Handbook series of books written for relay testers by a relay tester • Hands-On Training Classes where you come to us, or we come to your organization

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