Distribution Fitting Training

Our courses are designed to give learners a sound working knowledge of a wide variety of fitting work and obtain knowledge of safe working practices and the practical skills and techniques to enable them to become valuable members of the workforce.

Who is it for?

People who wish to start a career a Substation Fitter, and are motivated to work hard to become valuable members of the utility workforce. Learners should have a highly developed sense of responsibility.

Fitting training is split in to 2 main areas;

- Distribution (LV to 33kV)

- EHV (132kV to 400kV)


3 apprentices lifting a cable drum with a crane


Practical Training

Fitting programs are modular to facilitate the learning process and to allow time to impart knowledge learned in on site conditions.

Module 1 - Plant and Equipment

Module 2 - Workshop Hand Skills

Module 3 - Construction and Maintenance

Module 4 - Construction and fault maintenance, install auxiliary equipment

Module 5 - Advance fitting skills

Modules 4 & 5 are specific to the field of work activity

In addition, welding, slinging and lifting, MEWPs can be included in the programmes.


Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering - Substation Plant (2339-21)

Experienced operatives and apprentices can undertake nationally recognised diploma in the Utility trade

The diploma is the recognised competency based qualification for the power industry; it can be achieved as a stand-alone qualification or as part of the level 2 apprenticeship framework for the power sector.

This qualification is achieved by the production of a portfolio of evidence to prove competence against the standards, although the physical evidence will come from the delegate the portfolio will be completed with the aid of the assessor to collate and link the evidence provided by the delegate to the individual standards. This assessor lead approach minimises the operational down time for the delegate. E- portfolio available for computer literate reducing printed evidence with upload facility.

Fitting programmes are modular to facilitate the learning process and to allow time to impart knowledge learned in on site conditions.

Fitting is split in to Distribution (LV to 33kV), and EHV (132kV to 400kV)

Delegates should be able to prove competence in the following areas;

  • Working safely and efficiently in the power sector
  • Compliance with legislative and industry standards with regards to Health, Safety and the Environment
  • Use and communication of technical information
  • Safe access and egress to site including working at height
  • Correct installation and dismantling techniques relevant to substation plant and equipment.
  • Electrical testing of apparatus , or installation of substation earthing systems
  • Fault repair on substation plant, or substation inspection

All of the performance criteria must be evidenced. The requisite evidence is attained through completion of the relevant skill based units on a minimum of three separate occasions.

Diplomas are valid for life


Level 3 Fitting Qualifications

UCT can deliver the following Level 3, City & Guilds, qualifications in Substation Fitting

  • Level 3 Diploma - Substation Plant
  • Level 3 Diploma - Lead Substation Crafts Person
  • Level 3 Technical Certificate - Distribution and Transmission

In addition, UCT can also deliver the Energy and Utility Skills (EUS) Level 3 Trailblazer - Substation Plant Fitter

As a prerequisite, all programs require learners to have a minimum grade C GCSE in Maths and English Language

For experienced workers, the level 3 diplomas are available as stand-alone qualifications in substation fitting, this is sufficient to meet the requirements of Lloyds as a demonstration of competence in this field of power engineering.


Apprentice Training

Where operatives have very little knowledge and experience it is recommended to do the full apprenticeship framework, this will provide the formal training and underpinning knowledge required to achieve the fitting competence qualification.


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