High Voltage Operator - Initial


The High Voltage Operator course provides Participants with the knowledge and skills required to understand and safely act as an Authorised Operator on High Voltage plant. Emphasis is placed on practical switching exercises, performed on the Client's own HV equipment. Participants are also taught switching theory and the responsibilities of permit users and recipients. This Course addresses standards and legislation, and the site's specific HV procedures, including switching officer responsibilities, access, test and work permit issuing and recipient duties. Our Technical Design team will contextualise the curriculum for your Site, State Regulations and procedures.

Units of Competency

Our Courses are mapped to a number of Units of Competency from the following training packages:
UEP Electricity Supply Industry – Generation Sector Training Package and
UET Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector Training Package.
Certification will depend upon Course duration and content of the tailored program.

Training Location

At Client Site.

Course aim

HV Operator Initial training is required for operators to switch HV plant and issue permits. The aim of the Course is to provide the participant with the opportunity to establish competency, knowledge and skills to safely act as a HV Operator.

Learning activities

Thomson Bridge tailors HV Operator training programs to the Client's specific Site, equipment and enterprise procedures. Delivery includes:
Theory and assessment
Onsite practical exercises and assessment.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Course, a participant will have developed an understanding of the following:
the legislative framework that governs work activities on their site
relevant regulations and Enterprise procedures
hazards associated with the generating equipment and balance of plant
the work permit process from application, preparation, isolation, issue, completion, cancelation and restoration, in compliance with the Enterprise procedures
operation of high voltage, low voltage, control and protection devices associated with the site, in compliance with the Enterprise procedures
application and removal of fixed and portable earthing equipment, in compliance with Enterprise procedures.


5 days (duration may vary subject to site, equipment and complexity of switching tasks).


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Maximum of 6 attendees for an Initial Course.

Equipment & PPE

Access to HV apparatus for practical exercises and assessment;
Site portable earthing equipment, voltage detection equipment;
Site approved PPE for switching exercises; and
Access to SCADA (where applicable).

Attendee Prerequisites

Participants must be literate in spoken English and competent in reading, writing and numeracy;
Completion of a Recipient in Charge or Recipient training; and
Electrical appreciation is preferred but not required.

Assessment approach

A combination of theory and practical assessments.

Accreditation Status

Nationally recognised training

Contact Us

Call Thomson Bridge to discuss your training requirements.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 18:00 EST.

1300 15 66 85

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