Arc Flash Hazard Awareness

This online course offers a well-rounded approach to the basics of electrical safety, and helps increase understanding of the dangers of electricity from both a shock protection and an arc flash point of view. On completion of the course the AWWOA will issue to the registered member 0.3 CEU’s


When an electric current passes through air between ungrounded conductors or between ungrounded conductors and grounded conductors, temperatures can reach levels as high as 20,000°C (35,000°F). Exposure to these extreme temperatures burns the skin directly and ignites clothing, which adds to the burn injury. The majority of hospital admissions due to electrical accidents are from arc flash burns, not from shocks. Each year more than 2,000 people in the United States are admitted to burn centres with severe arc flash burns. Arc flashes can kill at a distance of 3 meters (10 ft).

(CSA Z462 Annex K)

This course is designed with the intent of educating the participant in the hazards associated with the use of electricity. Whether you are a seasoned journey person, apprentice, engineer, student or manager, this course has been designed with you in mind.


On completion of the course the AWWOA will issue to the registered member 0.3 CEU’s

This course has been updated to meet 2018 Arc Flash regulations


  • What is an arc flash?
  • How does an arc flash happen?
  • Factors that affect the severity of an arc flash
  • Effects of an arc flash on a person
  • Arc flash protection methods
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Labelling of electrical equipment
  • Electrical approach boundaries
  • Arc flash boundary
  • Limited approach boundary
  • Restricted approach boundary
  • Hazard assessment and risk evaluation process


Approximately 4.5 hours (Including reading materials)


Testing conducted in this online Arc Flash Awareness course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved on the first attempt. Supplemental materials necessary to complete this course can be accessed online.


Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.


This course qualifies for Continuing Education Credits from the Engineering Institute of Canada.

The Engineering Institute of Canada encourages continued education for all engineers. They help do this by recognizing training providers that offer quality courses for professional development.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are one way the Engineering Institute of Canada helps to support professional development. CEUs are recognized by the engineering community at large as providing clear evidence of continued learning in the engineering field.

One CEU is defined as “ten hours of participation in a continuing education program organized in compliance with prescribed standards under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction”.

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