IEC: IEC 61850 Training

IEC 61850 Training

Virtual Training



December 6-10, 2021  
Monday, December 6, 2021 9:30am – 6:30pm EST
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1-5pm EST
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 1-5pm EST
Thursday, December 9, 2021 1-5pm EST
Friday, December 10, 2021 1-5pm EST



Overview and Objectives: This 24-hour course is held across five days to provide an overview of key fundamentals and principles of IEC 61850, including the data modeling, communication, testing and networking aspects.

Attendees will learn about the IEC 61850 constructs and 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.



Course Outline: This IEC 61850 Training is a 24-hour virtual classroom course held over five days. Participants will spend the first eight-hour day covering the fundamentals and principles of IEC 61850. Days two through five are each half days each covering an important aspect of IEC 61850.



Day 1: Fundamentals and Principles of IEC 61850

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 Times
  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


Day 2: Process Bus – “The Analog to Digital Mechanism”

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


Day 3: GOOSE – “The Peer-to-Peer Mechanism”

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


Day 4: MMS – “The SCADA Mechanism”

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, demonstrations 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 Modelling Exercise
    1. SCL Modelling Exercise with Helinks STS Tool with MMS/GOOSE/SMV


Day 5: Engineering and Testing – “The Virtual Isolation Mechanism”

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 File 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


Course registration is $1,499 for the five-day virtual training.  Registration fee includes lecture and electronic copies of training slides.

Delivered in partnership with TESCO Automation and IEC 61850 University.

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Software Requirements

Course registration does not include software. Training course will be delivered over an online meeting platform with interaction opportunities throughout the program. Computer specifications will be provided.


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.



About TESCO Automation and IEC 61850 University

Qualus University is proud to partner with TESCO Automation and IEC 61850 University to deliver this IEC 61850 virtual training. 


TESCO Automation is a group of professional power utility automation experts. Working with disruptive technologies such as IEC 61850 can be challenging, and TESCO understands the importance of building a cohesive team that has a unified vision. Instilled in the team is the passion and work ethic to ensure clients are successful with their grid modernization projects.

Tesco offers a broad range of consulting, testing and training services to the power utility sector, with a focus on IEC 61850/DNP3 solutions.  An extension of the TESCO Automation organization is IEC 61850 University.  Click here for more information on TESCO Automation.


IEC 61850 University is a group of global training providers who are subject matter experts in the field of IEC 61850.  Each global trainer exhibits exemplary understanding in the academic fields of Substation and Distribution Automation, Microgrids, and Cyber Security. The faculty encourages collaboration amongst the various IEC 61850 stakeholders to empower the user community with accurate, concise and current IEC 61850 information.  Click here for more information on IEC 61850 University.

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