Substations training

Transpower’s Service Specification TP.SS 06.25 sets out the minimum levels of competence required for transmission workers engaged in inspecting, constructing, maintaining, testing or dismantling transmission assets in substations on the National Grid.

This includes those entering Transpower restricted areas for other work for Transpower or connected party operations.

Grid Skills provides the training to deliver the skills and knowledge required to meet the competency pathway for substations. When added to experience gained in the workplace, it will lead to workers gaining the necessary competence to carry out their required work.

Substation training is split into three main areas:

  • Substation Compliance
  • Substation Technical
  • Substation Refresher

Substation Compliance

To enter and work in a Transpower Substation you are required to complete training relevant to the type of work you are undertaking.  Once training has been undertaken, further competency assessment must be completed your employer to deem you competent.

In October 2017, Transpower is introducing new compliance courses as specified in 06.25. Click here to view the new compliance pathway.

For those who need to complete a Site Specific Induction (SSI) click here to download the SSI resources:  SSI - Part A [ pdf 7.65 MB ]  and SSI – Part B [ PDF 2.01 MB ].   Further instructions on how best to use the two resources is included in Part A.





Substation Technical

This training is for anyone who needs to carry out any work within a substation and consists of a number of different training modules to provide the necessary knowledge and skills towards the competency required. Training provided in this area is far more detailed and involved, and the courses are more technical in nature.

This year we have added a number of new offerings in the substation trade courses. Please click here for the new learner pathway for substation technical training.

Substation Refresher

Training that must be maintained regularly is provided via refresher courses. This training, shorter in duration than the original course, is focused on the core skills to be maintained. Refresher courses for substation entry, work management and permit recipient are now available via distance learning (webinar).


substation Pathways_Final.pdf [ pdf 120.06 KB ]
compliance_pathways.pdf [ pdf 64.37 KB ]