Introduction to Routine Earth Testing – 1 Day Course

Ensuring the earthing for an operational HV installation will fulfill expectations should it be required to dissipate fault energy is an obligation which requires regular attention.

This course outlines how to assess the condition of an earthing system and its suitability to an environment of changing conditions and requirements.

Course Objective

This one day course will provide a comprehensive treatment of the principles and practices used in the regular assessment of earthing system condition.

The course is structured to provide a clear presentation of principles and includes lectures with practical examples, as well as personal involvement in the execution of the continuity test method. The principles covered by the course includes:

  • Importance of regular inspections;
  • Application of traditional asset management approaches, including FMECA, and how that impacts MTBF / MTTR and latency in diagnosis;
  • Difference between performance assessment & condition assessment;
  • The variety of earthing test methods and their suitability for identifying different failure modes;
  • Identification of key/critical earthing system risks and their impacts; and
  • Demonstrations of practical integrity test methods.

Who Should Attend?

This is a practical course designed for technical staff who are involved with the maintenance and testing of earthing systems. It is relevant for all industries and all sites that include high voltage substations and power systems. The course provides essential awareness and practical experience for all involved with the inspection of electrical power systems earthing.


  • Electricians
  • Testers
  • Inspectors
  • Electrical Supervisors
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineering Managers


  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power Utilities (incl. Generation)
  • Heavy Industry


This one day course includes the following topic sessions:

  • Earthing system description – What is an earth grid? Who owns them? What do they look like?
  • Earthing system function – What risks do earthing systems control and what risks do they pose themselves?
  • Performance – What do earthing systems do and how do they do it? What is a failure? How is performance assessed?
  • Condition – Earthing system integrity and its impact on performance. Assessment by inspection, both visual and physical. Assessment by test – mechanical, visual & electrical inspections.
  • Participant Assessment – By Demonstration and Test.

Locations and Dates

This course is offered in most of the major cities in Australia and New Zealand.

Please see our up to date Course Schedule for details, and please let us know if your preferred location is not available – we may add it if there is sufficient interest.

Please note that tailored, on-site training courses may also be possible.

About the Presenters

Safearth has globally recognised expertise in all areas relating to earthing systems. Our trainers are leaders in their fields and are experienced, not only in training, but also in providing consulting services, including design, specification, installation support, commissioning of new earthing systems, as well as audit, test and refurbishment support for existing systems. Our experience extends to all areas of power generation, reticulation and use, including substations, transmission and distribution systems, power stations, industrial plants and mining operations.

“When we asked questions, they had answers.”

Course Fee

$875pp + GST (all locations)

Ask us about early-bird discounts and group discounts.

The fee includes:

  • morning and afternoon tea and lunch
  • course notes


Full payment is required to reserve position.

Cancellations or transfers will only be accepted in writing up to 14 days prior to commencement of the training course. After that time, no refunds can be given. A replacement training course participant may be substituted.

This course is offered in good faith and has been carefully planned and prepared. If, however, due to circumstances outside the control of Safearth we are unable to deliver the course in accordance with the published details, our liability shall be limited to the refund of the course fee.