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4 Reasons Why Checking And Testing Is Essential

4 Reasons Why Checking And Testing Is Essential

As an electrician, you’ll likely install and modify countless electrical installations in your career. And whilst you may know the tricks to installing equipment, it’s equally important to know how to check and test the installation before putting it into service.

The Checking and Testing an Electrical Installation course at CET can teach you to competently check and test a low voltage electrical installation in compliance with the requirement of AS/NZS 3000 and AS/NZS 3017.

Other than ensuring you comply with safety standards, this course can benefit your career in other ways as well. Let’s take a look at four reasons why you should do this course.

Checking and Testing is a Mandatory Requirement

Checking and testing is an essential part of electrical work as stated in the AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules. These rules outline the electrical testing procedures necessary in Australia which must be followed to ensure the safe operation of an electrical installation.

Below are eight mandatory tests during an electrical installation inspection according to the Wiring Rules.

  1. Earth resistance test – continuity of main earthing conductor
  2. Earth resistance test for other earthed and equipotential bonded parts
  3. Insulation resistance test of installation
  4. Consumer mains test - polarity
  5. Submains test - polarity
  6. Final sub circuit tests – polarity, connections
  7. Earth fault-loop impedance test
  8. Verification of operation of residual current devices
Besides the compulsory tests mentioned above, this course will teach how to conduct other necessary tests, identify faults and document the test results.

Don’t Risk Being Fined or Reported

Failing to conduct the necessary tests during an electrical equipment installation leads to a higher chance that a fault goes undetected and causes an incident. In situations like that, you or your company will get reported and most likely fined for not completing proper electrical work that led to damages and injury. As directed by the state’s industry regulator Building and Energy, it’s imperative that checking and testing be carried out to avoid potentially catastrophic incidents occurring.   

By completing this course, you’ll be better equipped to catch any issues that may appear in an electrical installation and rectify it to prevent any accidents.

Protect Your Reputation as an Electrician

It pays to be thorough when checking an installation. Even a single error could result in equipment failure, property damage and other accidents which could tarnish your reputation as an electrician.

If you happen to be unfortunate enough to be fined or charged as a result of not completing an electrical installation inspection, you could even find your name or company listed in the media such as in the state’s industry regulator Building and Energy bulletins for the wrong reasons.

Improve Your Electrical Checking and Testing Knowledge

This short course is ideal for final year apprentice electrical mechanics and licensed electricians. It not only teaches you how to test your electrical installations, repairs and upgrades so they operate correctly and safely, but helps you understand the existing standards and regulations. Furthermore, you can complete this course in just a single day.

If you’d like to know more about this course or need assistance looking for other courses, please get in touch with us.  

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