Switching Operator Assistant (SOA) in QLD (1017)


Provides the knowledge and skills required for contractors who needs to perform the authorised role of Switching Operator Assistant (Electrical) or Switching Operator Assistant (Non-Electrical) for the Ergon Energy and Energex networks.

Participants following the Switching Operator Assistant (Electrical) training pathway MUST be a licensed electrical worker or an apprentice on an electrical training plan.

Portfolio: Yes. Electrical outcome requires the completion of a training portfolio to be finalised within 12 months of completing the course.

Training refresher: Every 3 years

Training Mode Face to face
Duration 24 hours hours
COST (ex. GST) $1620 per person

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7 Locations

Rocklea Rocklea Depot 103 Marshall Road, Rocklea QLD 4106
Toowoomba Building 3, Cnr South and Hampton Streets, Toowoomba QLD 4350
Maryborough 52-62 Searle Street, Maryborough QLD 4650
Rockhampton Building 8, 63 Glenmore Road, North Rockhampton QLD 4700
Mackay 23 Cemetery Road, West Mackay QLD 4740
Townsville 4-28 Hartley Street, Garbutt QLD 4814
Cairns 107-125 McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Upcoming Course Sessions

Tue 27th Sep 2022 -
Thu 29th Sep 2022
7:30am - 4:00pm
3 spots available
Cost (ex. GST) $1620.00
Date & Time Locations Availability No. of People COST (ex. GST)
Tue 27th Sep 2022 -
Thu 29th Sep 2022
7:30am - 4:00pm
3 spots

Skills Acquired

On successful completion of this module including all prerequisites and assessments you should have these skills:

  • Describe the role and associated responsibilities of an authorised Switching Operator Assistant and Switching Operator Recipient.
  • Explain the purpose and function of electrical apparatus encountered when performing switching and access activities on the high voltage network.
  • Explain high voltage switching principles and practices.
  • Explain the basic principles of isolation and earthing.
  • Explain the purpose of feeder and substation protection systems.
  • Describe and demonstrate the requirements for teamwork in switching.
  • Demonstrate the role and responsibilities of the Switching Operator Assistant when assisting with switching operations being carried out on the high voltage network.