Specialist electrical training for those working in the events industry from people who do. 


All training courses

James Eade has delivered training for many organisations including broadcasters, theatres, production companies as well as freelancers with good results. All the courses are fairly generic and suited to all those involved in temporary power systems whether or not that might be for events. Most can be tailored for specific audiences or companies relatively expediently if required. Alternatively specific courses can be generated to serve particular needs. All courses result in an attendance certificate and a print out of the course is also given to delegates. To encourage interactivity and a lively learning session, course numbers are typically limited to around 12 candidates, except where more time is made available within a course for one-to-one assistance. These courses have reduced numbers accordingly as indicated. Half day courses may be run as two concurrent ones (AM and PM) for more delegates and a discount applies. Note all course prices are guidelines and are based on the course being held in-house (i.e. your venue) with refreshments/lunch provided by the host. The cost shown covers the lecturing fees, course materials, a travel allowance (limited) and future support - we're happy to continue to support our clients with advice and assistance (within reason!) after we've left the classroom. Prices for courses hosted by us at other locations can be obtained by contacting us.

Small/simple systems SPR (<6 kVA)

(Full day, £700 + VAT) This course is aimed particularly at non-electrical crew who may have responsibility for small and simple systems, typically under 6 kVA as defined in BS 7909. It was originally designed for ENG crews and similar who would have responsibility for taking a news truck on location, using the on-board generator and deploying basic electrical systems. At the end of the course candidates will: 1. Understand the requirements of the law to provide a safe working environment; 2. Know how electrical safety measures work including RCDs and MCBs for automatic disconnection. 3. Understand the basic principles of earthing, protective bonding and when an earth electrode may (or may not) be required for generator supplies. 4. Understand the user checks and testing requirements. 5. Know why the supply of tested, safe equipment is very important. 6. Gain an appreciation of the basic requirements for portable appliance testing. The key aspect of this course is that delegates will understand the principles of protection against electric shock and fire and how we provide protection accordingly. With this knowledge, they can then being to understand their own limitations and crucially their own competence in relation to the use of electricity.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

(Half day, £395 plus VAT) A short succinct course aimed at giving delegates a firm understanding of the legal requirements of why PAT is conducted, and how. It covers the essential inspection and tests and also discusses what is not necessary, focussing on the main intention of ensuring portable appliances are safe to use rather than the multitude of functions available in modern appliance testers.  It is suitable for training those who are not 'electrically minded' to act as instructed persons accordingly. At the end of the course candidates will: 1. Understand the requirements of the law to provide a safe working environment; 2. Know how electrical safety is part of the providing a safe working environment; 3. Understand the basic principle of earthing and overcurrent protection as a means of protection against electric shock; 4. Know why insulation is important; 5. Understand the user checks and why they are necessary; 6. Know how to conduct a formal visual inspection of appliances including ascertaining whether they are Class 1 or Class 11. 7. Know how to conduct the appropriate tests for each type of appliance to ensure that it is safe. 8. Be able to complete appropriate recording of the results. Note that this course can be readily adapted to suit companies who may already have appliance testing procedures in place and can use in-house test equipment for hands- on training as required.

Event manager awareness

(Half day, £395 plus VAT) This is a short course designed to enable those responsible for commissioning or managing temporary events to understand their legal obligations with regard to electrical systems. It illustrates the relevant aspect of the law, the appropriate British Standards and how to ensure compliance is met by suppliers and contractors. It also discusses typical problems that may be encountered and fosters an understanding of the need for systems to be properly designed and planned through typical examples of poor practice.

Electrical safety for event managers

(Full day, £700 plus VAT) This course augments the 'Event manager awareness' course with some additional electrical basics. Delegates are taught the basics of electrical distribution and what methods of protection are typically used and what problems are - or maybe - encountered with temporary electrical systems. The aim is to give delegates a deeper understanding of why electrical systems should be designed and planned appropriately. No previous electrical knowledge is required and there's no maths either, so it's suitable for most managers with little or no technical background.

BS 7909 exposed

(Full day, £1000 plus VAT) This is a popular course originally run on behalf of Avitas Global. Delegates to date have ranged from technicians to production managers as well as local authorities and even the HSE. The course is aimed at technicians, rental companies and also venues that either host different events regularly or perform their own. The one day course focuses on how - and why - the IET Wiring Regulations and BS 7909 apply to temporary events and delves a little into why they are relevant and more importantly how compliance is not necessarily difficult. As well as looking at how to implement them correctly it also examples where current practice is not always best practice, showing where potential dangers exist in a typical event. It will also be of particular use to rental companies as the course gives the delegate a sound understanding of the importance of portable appliance testing. The content is aimed at those with a reasonable appreciation of electrical systems and covers areas such as multiple sources of supply, RCDs, earthing and bonding, inspection and testing as well as the management of temporary electrical infrastructure amongst others. Both those with a technical managerial background as well as technicians will gain from the course. No previous experience of BS 7909 is required although it is recommended to obtain and read a copy so that delegates can take the opportunity to question a member of the committee that was responsible for it if required. Some basic electrical knowledge is beneficial to help understanding of some of the principles but not essential. At the end of the course delegates will be able to: 1. Understand the interaction and application of legislation, standards and codes of practice. 2. Understand the content and application of BS 7909 3. Learn how and when to apply BS 7671 and BS 7909 and how they complement each other. 4. Gain an awareness about the need for the management of temporary electrical systems so that they are designed, set-up and operated safely. 5. Understand the difference between what are described as 'simple' and 'complex' events in the context of BS 7909. 6. Understand the importance of knowing that electrical equipment to be used is in safe and serviceable order. 7. Learn about the duties of Senior Persons Responsible and Persons Responsible and how 'complex' events might be split into manageable parts. 8. Gain an awareness of the added complications of multiple/different sources of supply. 9. Gain an awareness of the importance of earthing arrangements and understand how potentially dangerous situations can occur in typical event scenarios. 10. Learn about supplies at venues and information that should pass between venue owners and event mangers. 11. Gain an awareness of the inspection and testing requirements and the associated completion certificate. This course is often augmented with a practical element by some clients. A couple of theatres for example combine the course with a couple of days consultancy where we coach the person in the theatre who would normally act as the SPR on an event of their choosing. We assist with the specification, design and deployment of the temporary system especially where it is more complex (such as broadcast events with a range of OB vehicles attending). It is often said the best way of learning is by doing; this method of training serves as an ideal opportunity for clients to have the theory and then the assistance in putting it into practice in their typical working environment.

Basic electrical theory

(Full day, £850 plus VAT. Maximum 8 delegates) This course has been developed in response to requests on feedback forms completed at previous seminars. Many technicians do not hold any formal electrical qualifications or have a sufficient electrical knowledge to ensure temporary systems operate safely or to be able to fault-find effectively. This course takes delegates from the basics of electricity to correctly specifying circuits using the IET Wiring Regulations as well as operation and design of protective devices such as RCDs and circuit breakers.  There is a mathematical content which will be taught, although candidates would benefit from an ability to use basic algebra in the form of equations such as ohms law. Candidates will need to bring with them their own copy of BS 7671 (the On-site Guide is not sufficient) and a calculator. At the end of the course delegates will: 1. Understand the nature of three-phase electrical generation and distribution; 2. Understand different earthing methods and techniques (including spikes and other electrodes); 3. Understand the operation of protective devices such as fuses, circuit breakers and RCDs and their appropriate use; 4. Be able to design systems to have appropriate protective device discrimination to prevent unwanted ('nuisance') tripping; 5. Understand the use and practical application of other protective measures such as electrical separation; 6. Understand how to work out cable calculations to prevent cable overheating and excessive voltage drop; 7. Know how to work out prospective short circuit currents and earth fault loop impedances to ensure protective devices operate effectively; 8. Understand how and what to test on-site along with certification requirements; 9. Know how to specify generator capacity and calculate maximum loads; 10. Gain an appreciation of power quality issues such as harmonics and the effects this can have; 11. Know how to calculate the effects of imbalanced three phase systems.

NAPIT City & Guilds Accredited Training Program  in temporary power


(Three days, £495 per candidate plus VAT. Maximum of 12 delegates, minimum numbers may apply) This course has been developed on behalf of Skillset to assesses the competence of those wanting to (or who already are) currently acting in the Senior Person Responsible (SPR) role. Delegates will get the certificate awarded if they pass the assessment. For more information on the requirements and origin of the course, dates and venues, visit the subsite www.skillset.eade.uk.com The course consists of 10 modules as below and assessments are carried out at the end of each module to ascertain the candidates understanding of the content. Candidates also undergo a final more general practical assessment to help assess their competence.     Unit Description 1. Understanding health and safety requirements in the electrical environment. Gain an appreciation of the application of Standards, regulations and the law. 2. Understanding different earthing arrangements, sources of supply and earthing practices. 3. Understanding cable losses, specification and power quality. 4. Understanding protection methods including RCDs, electrical separation and automatic disconnection 5. Equipment testing and certification 6. Temporary electrical system testing and certification 7. Management of temporary electrical distributions and management structure 8. Requirements for systems in agricultural, water based and similar environments 9. Power supply arrangements in mobile and transportable units 10. Generator operation. 11. Practical assessment There are no entry requirements although you must be conversant with basic electrical theory and the Wiring Regulations. Candidates would be expected to hold an electrical NVQ level 3 or City and Guilds or have equivalent knowledge gained through other means such as private study. If this is not you, we'd recommend doing the basic electrical theory day. Candidates will need their own copy of BS 7671 and also BS 7909, as well as a calculator. Those passing this course will be recognised by the BBC, Sky and ITV as having the necessary competency to act as an SPR.
A recent quote from a happy delegate: Having an experienced course leader who could apply his knowledge to our experiences was most useful. I've been on quite a few courses when the course leader knows the syllabus and nothing more and that is rubbish.