IEC 61850 – Virtual Hands-On Training

March 1-5, 2021

9:30am – 6:30pm EST

40 CEH Hours

Register For $2499*

Overview and Objectives: This five-day training provides an overview of key fundamentals and principles of IEC 61850, including the data modeling, communication, testing and networking aspects. This customized course includes classroom sessions as well as hands-on workshops that integrate the latest Ed.2 devices from ABB, GE, SEL, Schneider, Siemens, Tekron, and Vizimax. This “Mobile Digital Substation” also incorporates process bus devices.

Attendees will “hear” about the IEC 61850 constructs, and then “see” them in the lab where they gain exposure configuring these IEC 61850 parameters. The IEC 61850 theoretical information is shared in an intuitive manner that is easily understood, regardless of the participants IEC 61850 proficiencies. The intent of the training is:

The training modules are structured in a manner to gradually increase the complexity as the participants build their confidence using the IEC 61850 standard. The training course includes the theoretical aspects, as well as the practical hands-on exercises, which allow participants to become comfortable putting this theory into practice using preferred IED vendor(s). This includes hands-on configurations of MMS reports, MMS controls, GOOSE configurations, Sample Value configurations, and other networking related configurations, including PTP and PRP.

Course Outline: This IEC 61850 Training is an intensive 5-day, 8-hours per day course, for a total of 24 hours of classroom training and 16 hours of workshops.

Objective: Introduce all the basic concepts of IEC 61850, including the key fundamentals and principles of the standard.
  1. History, Benefits and Comparison:
    1. History
    2. Guiding Principles
    3. Traditional vs Modern
    4. IEC 61850 vs DNP
    5. Structure of Standard
  2. IEC 61850 System Architecture
    1. Station Bus
    2. Process Bus
    3. Performance Classes
    4. Transfer Time
  3. IEC 61850 Communication Services
    1. ACSI and SCSM
    2. Sample Values
    3. GOOSE
    4. MMS Reporting
    5. Logging
    6. Control Models
    7. Time Sync
  4. IEC 61850 Data Models
    1. Hierarchical Data Model
    2. LD, LN, DO, DA, CDC, and FC
    3. Dynamic Datasets
    4. Setting Groups
  5. IEC 61850 Conformance Process
    1. TISSUE Process
    2. Conformance and Statements Certificates
    3. Comparison of Two IEDs
  6. Other IEC 61850 Examples
    1. HMI Application
    2. Proxy Servers
    3. Other IEC 61850 Applications Inside and Outside the Substation

Objective: Become familiar with the concept of the process bus, including architectures, process bus profiles, 9-2LE Versus IEC61869.  This section covers the basics of time synchronization, and its importance to sample value-based protection and power quality metering.

  1. Process Bus Fundamentals
    1. Traditional vs Digital Substation
    2. Process Bus Components
    3. P2P vs P2MP
    4. Applications and Benefits
  2. Process Bus Parameters
    1. Publisher and Subscriber Associations
    2. Logical Nodes and Control Blocks
    3. Hold-Over vs Free-Running
  3. Process Bus Profiles
    1. IEC 61850- 9-2
    2. IEC 61850- 9-2LE
    3. IEC 61869- 9
    4. IEC 61869- 13
  4. Time Sync Options
    1. IEEE 1588 (PTP)
    2. IEC 61850- 9-3
    3. PPS
    4. IRIG-B
    5. NTP

Objective: Become familiar with GOOSE publish/subscription services, including the configurable parameters within the GOOSE control block.  It also includes an introduction to the networking aspects including PRP, HSR, RSTP, and the various network shaping techniques (VLAN/MAC filtering).

  1. GOOSE Fundamentals
    1. Hard-wired vs Digital Interface
    2. GOOSE State Diagram
    3. GOOSE Transfer Times
    4. R-GOOSE
  2. GOOSE Parameters
    1. Publisher and Subscriber Associations
    2. Logical Nodes and Control Blocks
    3. Re-Transmission and TAL
  3. General Networking Principles
    1. Redundancy of Components
    2. Calculation of Availability
    3. PRP/HSR
    4. VLAN vs Multicasting

Objective: Become familiar with MMS client/server communication services, including the configurable parameters within the report control block.  It also includes an introduction to the SCL aspects such as the semantics, syntax, and namespace considerations, with hands-on experiences configuring and interpreting the SCL.

  1. MMS Fundamentals
    1. MMS Client/Server Associations
    2. MMS I/O Model
    3. Control Model
    4. MMS State Machines
  2. MMS Parameters
    1. Buffered/Unbuffered Report Control Blocks
    2. Log and Setting Group Control Blocks
  3. SCL Fundamentals
    1. Semantics and Syntax
    2. Namespaces
    3. Function vs Product Naming
    4. Decomposition of SCL File
  4. SCL Modeling Exercise
    1. SCL Modeling Exercise with Helinks STS Tool with MMS/GOOSE/SMV

Objective: Become familiar with engineering workflow, the various SCL file types and how they are meant to be exchanged between the tools.  It also includes the testing and commissioning aspects and how these IEC 61850 testing mechanisms are intended to be configured for a safe and reliable means of virtual isolation.

  1. SCL Files Types and Tools
    1. Basic Application Profiles
    2. Device Profiles
    3. Domain Profiles
  2. Specification and Engineering Process
    1. SCL File Types
    2. SCL Config Tools
    3. Hybrid Ed.1 and Ed.2 Systems
  3. Top-Down Engineering Demo
    1. End-to-End System Specification and Configuration Process
    2. Helinks STS
  4. Testing and Commissioning Aspects
    1. Traditional Testing vs Modern Testing
    2. IEC 61850 Testing Mechanisms
    3. Testing and Commissioning Group Exercise


Mr. Dustin Tessier

Dustin Tessier is the Managing Director for Tesco Automation, a Canadian-based company specializing in power system design and consulting services. In his 15-year career, Dustin has taken on a broad range of roles throughout his 15-year career; including hands-on experience as a technician, network planning engineer, station design engineer, IEC 61850 system integration engineer, and project manager. He was an early advocate for IEC 61850 during his days with a Canadian Utility as a stations design engineer and spent a number of years working for Siemens where he was involved in Australia’s first IEC 61850 applications. He has since moved back to Canada to pursue his entrepreneurial dream and has been involved with IEC 61850 on a global context ever since. Dustin actively contributes towards the standardization in the field of substation and distribution automation, and provides systems level standardization, coordination, and consulting services within the Smart Grid domain.

Mr. Michael Ritchie

Michael Ritchie holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) from the University of Adelaide (Australia). His practical expertise with IEC 61850 stems from applying IEC 61850 technologies in a wide array of applications, including transmission and distribution substations both greenfield and brownfield, generation and cogeneration, mining and industrial installations, and remote oil and gas plants. He is particularly focused on the specification, design, testing and commissioning aspects of IEC 61850 projects. Michael is an active member of the IEC 61850 Working Group (Canadian Member) and has been a key expert that has contributed towards the development of IEC 61850-6-2.

CEH Credits

The IEC 61850 Training has been approved by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers for 40 hour of Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). For attendees seeking PE credits for other states, please check your state’s CEH regulations.


*Early Registration Ends February 1, 2021. Course registration will increase after February 1, 2021.

Course registration is $2,499 for the full five-day virtual training with virtual hands-on labs. Registration fee includes lecture and electronic copies of training slides.

Delivered in partnership with TESCO Automation and IEC 61850 University. Contact QualU to discuss group discounts for groups of 5 or more.


Software Requirements

Course registration does not include software. See below for information on the virtual platforms used for the training and system requirements.

Go To Training

This virtual training platform allows you to attend training from anywhere, anytime using a compatible computer. You may join from a web browser or download and install the full-featured desktop software. Click here for full details on system requirements.

Mobile Digital Substation

The hands-on workshop uses a state-of-the-art mobile digital substation designed with new IEC 61850 Ed. 2 and IEC 61869 Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) from all major vendors. The substation includes devices from ABB, Arbiter, Cisco, GE, Omicron, Schneider, SEL, Siemens, Tekron and Vizimax. This multi-vendor digital substation is a key aspect in training and getting users to experience the interoperability between different vendors.

Who should attend the PGE Power Systems Seminars?

  • Electric Power Utility Engineers
  • Relay Technicians
  • Test Engineers
  • University Power System Educators
  • Protection & Control Engineers
  • Engineers Seeking CEHs & Graduate Students

What are the benefits of attending?

  • Learn from subject matter experts
  • Small class sizes of up to 50 attendees allows for dynamic classroom discussion
  • Network with other industry professionals
  • Discounted guest room rates at host hotels
  • Course registration fees include electronic curriculum, breakfast, snacks, andevening social activities
  • Earn CEH credits to maintain your PE license or earn CTDs for NETA Certification.

CEH Credits

The Power Systems Seminars have been approved by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers for continuing education hours. Power Systems 101, 102, and 103 have been approved for 32 continuing education hours; Power Systems 104 has been approved for 24. For attendees seeking PE credits for other states, please check your state’s CEH regulations.


The Power Systems 101, 102, and 103 courses are eligible for 32 NETA Continuing Technical Development Credits (CTDs) and Power Systems 104 is eligible for 24 NETA Continuing Technical Development Credits (CTDs). NETA Certified Technicians (Level III and Level IV) are required to earn a minimum of 48 CTDs every three years to maintain their certification. For more information about the CTD program and requirements, please contact the NETA office at or 888-300-6382.

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