Introduction to Grounding Integrity Testing – 1 Day Course

Ensuring the grounding 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 a grounding 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 grounding 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 grounding test methods and their suitability for identifying different failure modes;
  • Identification of key/critical grounding 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 grounding 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 grounding.


  • 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:

  • Grounding system description – What is an ground grid? Who owns them? What do they look like?
  • Grounding system function – What risks do grounding systems control and what risks do they pose themselves?
  • Performance – What do grounding systems do and how do they do it? What is a failure? How is performance assessed?
  • Condition – Grounding 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 available across the USA and Canada.

Please contact us using the form below to express your interest.

About the Presenters

Safearth has globally recognized expertise in all areas relating to grounding 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 grounding 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.”