Course – High Voltage Operations

(11 National HV/Switching Competency Standards)

This five day course covers the following subjects;

  • Introduction & Overview of Course
  • Acts, Regulations, Legislation & Guides
  • Basic Electrical Theory
  • Power System Basics
  • Generation & Substations
  • Ratings, Fault Current & Earthing
  • Safety
  • Arc Flash
  • Basic Switching Programs
  • Electrical Permits
  • Fault Finding in Industry
  • Network Equipment
  • Protection & Control
  • Reclosers & Sectionalisers
  • Transformers
  • Ring Main Equipment
  • Switching Programs Theory & Practical

On successful completion of the course a “Statement of Attainment or Certificate of Completion” will be issued for Eleven National HV Switching Competencies.

HV Operators Course Customisation

Prior to a course at the clients site, Clients are asked for the following;

  • Single line diagrams of the HV installation.
  • The make, type and model of the HV switchgear that will be used for the practical assessment.
  • Relevant company documents, such as Access Permits, Sanction to Test, Vicinity Permits etc.
  • Photo of switchgear.

These documents can then be used to customise the course. to the client’s worksite.

Competency Standards 

  • UEPOPS349B Operate Local HV Switchgear
  • UEPOPS456A Perform switching to a switching program
  • UEPOPS525A Coordinate and direct switching programs
  • UEPOPS428B Develop High Voltage Switching Programs
  • UETTDRIS67A Solve problems in energy supply network equipment
  • UETTDRIS44A Perform HV field switching operation to a given schedule
  • UETTDRIS48A Develop high voltage switching schedule
  • UETTDRIS50A Coordinate power system permit procedure
  • UETTDRIS51A Coordinate and direct power system switching schedule
  • UETTDRSB39A Perform power system substation switching operation to a given schedule

Profile of Pat Mynett
Former Electrical Superintendent for Rio Tinto Weipa


Pat Mynett, HV Training and Consulting (HVTAC) Director, has extensive industrial, mining and supply industry experience. He formed his first specialized electrical training business in 1996, built it successfully and sold the business in 2000. That business is still trading today. He has now re-entered the market setting up HV Training and Consulting Pty Ltd to provide up to date quality electrical training.

Recent Experience

From 2008 until 2012 he was the Electrical Superintendent for Rio Tinto in Weipa responsible for two power stations, the Weipa town electrical reticulation, two mine sites, a processing plant and the electrical workshop. He instigated and supervised the Arc Flash study for Weipa’s electrical system.

From 2012 until March 2015 he was employed by Alcoa to develop, re-write and facilitate their high voltage training program’s for some 400 workers. He also developed and wrote training packages for Arc Flash safety for electrical and non-electrical personnel.

Company Information

In 2014, Pat decided there was room in the market for another RTO to provide quality electrical training. Especially from a person with recent industry experience, who’s main interest is in the safety of workers and the welfare of the plant.

Pat philosophy is to use the best trainers’ with the best knowledge, to provide a quality service to the industry.

General Course Conditions and Criteria

Skills Recognition (RPL)

Competencies gained and/or formal education or training gained through experience can be formally assessed through the Required Prior learning (RPL) process.   If you believe that you have the requirements for skills recognition you are encouraged to fill out an application form for Required Prior Learning. The form can be obtained from our office. Each applicant’s application will be assessed on an individual basis. Fees and charges will apply.


Where fees are less that $1000, payment is required on booking or at a minimum 10 days prior to the course.

Where fees are more that $1000, a deposit of a $1000 is required on booking or at a minimum 10 days prior to the course. The balance of payment is required on the first day prior to the starting of the course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing.

  • 9 days prior to course date  100% refund
  • 2-9 days prior to course date  90% refund
  • 1 day or less                Nil refund

Travelling expenses incurred will only be refunded if refunds can be obtained from air fares, car hire etc. Admin charges will not be refunded.

Course Certification

  • National Competencies

To obtain a full “Statement of Attainment” course attendees will need to provide evidence of the required pre-requisites before enrolment.   If evidence is not provided then a “Certificate of Attendance” can be issued.

  • Not National Competencies

A “Certificate of Attendance” can be issued.

Complaint or Appeal Procedure

Participants will be able to appeal assessment decisions for a period of up to and including four weeks from the date of the assessment. Participants will be aware of the appeals procedures. Appeals will be promptly dealt with and the participant advised of the appeal outcome.

The client should first discuss their concerns with their Trainer/Assessor, or other staff members they feel comfortable with. If the matter is satisfactorily resolved during initial discussions no action is required.

The Trainer/Assessor should make a note of the client’s concern on the Enrolment Form, or similar document, so the feedback is kept and reviewed. Where a person is dissatisfied with the outcome of the complaint they may then complain to the CEO, who will make a decision and record the outcome of the complaint.

The learner’s obligations:

Prior to enrolment or the commencement of training and assessment, whichever comes first. HVTAC provides, in print or through referral to an electronic copy, current and accurate information that enables the learner to make informed decisions about undertaking training with the HVTAC and at a minimum includes the following content:i) in relation to the repayment of any debt to be incurred under the VET FEEHELP scheme arising from the provision of services;

ii) any requirements the RTO requires the learner to meet to enter and successfully complete their chosen training product; and

iii) any materials and equipment that the learner must provide.