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Powerpro Training and Technologies offers accredited trade qualifications to individuals and tradesmen. Pic credit: Powerpro

Private trade test and apprenticeship school offers electrical powerline mechanic training

A huge shortcoming in the powerline training industry has always been that the powerline industry operates with semi-skilled and short skilled artisans. Similar to many other sectors in the country young entrants are deterred from entering this trade due to a lack of formal standards, recognition of prior learning processes and qualifications in the powerline training sector.

Industry bodies formulate a solution

In conjunction with industry role players, NAMB (National Artisan Moderation Body), Department of Higher Education and Eskom, the first formal qualification was launched in 2013. Aptly called the Electric Line Mechanic qualification, the certification includes all the modules and preliminary training required for the training in powerline foundations, assembly, erecting, stringing, regulations and handover procedures.

For the first time private individuals, municipalities, contractors, sub-contractors and any company or business involved in the building and/or maintenance of low and medium voltage powerlines can now get their workers properly trained, assessed and certified to not only an unified national standard, but also to an internationally accepted standard.

Powerpro Training and Technologies training centre

The accredited training company, Powerpro Training and Technologies, is the first private trade and training centre accredited to deliver this trade qualification to individuals and tradesmen.

In order for applicants to be trade test prepared and tested, the following criteria apply:

  • Grade 9 (Std 7) and a minimum of 5 years powerline working experience or,
  • A National certificate (N2) including the relevant trade theory subjects and a minimum of 3 years working experience, or
  • A relevant Engineering qualification and a minimum of 18 months working experience, or
  • Technical Grade 12 with mathematics and related trade theory subjects and a minimum of 3 years work experience.

Learners start with the basics of line construction training, which includes excavation work, pole planting and dressing, cable jointing and terminations, earth resistance testing, equipotential earthing, transformers, interpreting drawings, crimping, hardware assembly, pre-form product applications and identification of line hardware and equipment.

Pre-requisites required

Certain Pre-requisites are required in order to successfully become red-sealed trade tested (meaning the candidate has completed an apprenticeship of the appropriate length and has had the proper training necessary to competently operate in the dangerous working environments that go with artisanal trades) including:

  • Apply health and safety in the work area
  • First aid
  • Fire fighting
  • Working at height and rescues
  • Ladder safety
  • Fundamentals of electricity
  • Hand and power tools
  • OHRVS awareness
  • Construction regulations
  • Transportation of people and equipment

Trade testing (for recognition of prior learning applicants)

  • The trade tested component includes a trade preparation period of 2 weeks
  • Successful completion of a Foundation Learning Competence Test
  • The actual trade test of 2 – 3 days

Complete full training programme (for new applicants who wish to complete the entire programme)

  • A comprehensive and practical training period of 75 – 80 days that includes all the aspects required as per SAQA and NAMB (National Artisan Moderation Body) requirements

In the case of apprenticeship training, this includes all the aspects of low and medium voltage distribution training and high voltage infrastructure training.

For more information, contact Powerpro on +27 11 739 4200 or visit the website on www.powerpro-training.com

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