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Why Create Industry Standards?

NETA was created to fill a necessary requirement in the application and use of electrical power. The electric power industry has always been in the forefront of design and installation of systems and apparatus focusing on maximum reliability to provide continuity of service to users of this essential element of modern civilization. To this end, NETA has developed and promulgated standards for testing newly installed power systems prior to energization as well as existing in-service power systems. To aid in the assessment of these systems, NETA has developed protocols to train and certify technicians in the testing methodology necessary to correctly evaluate the equipment and systems.

Documents produced to accomplish this endeavor are:

Standard for Acceptance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems, 2013 edition

Standard for Maintenance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems, 2011 edition

Standard for Certification of Electrical Testing Technicians, 2010 edition


Acceptance tests are not manufacturers factory tests. They comprise those tests necessary to determine that the electrical equipment has been selected in accordance with the engineer's requirements, installed in accordance with applicable codes and installation standards, and perform in accordance with their design and setting parameters. The ANSI/NETA Standard for Acceptance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems assists designers, specifiers, architects, and users of electrical equipment and systems in specifying required tests on newly-installed power systems and apparatus, before energizing, to ensure that the installation and equipment comply with specifications and intended use as well as with regulatory and safety requirements.


Maintenance tests are those tests that allow the determination of whether or not the electrical equipment is suitable for safe and continued service.

When dealing with service-aged equipment, many criteria are used in determining what equipment is to be tested, at what intervals, and to what extent. Ambient conditions, availability of down time, and maintenance budgets are but a few of the considerations that go into the planning of a maintenance schedule. The owner must make many decisions each time maintenance is considered. It is the intent of the ANSI/NETA Standard for Maintenance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems to list a majority of the field tests available for assessing the suitability for continued service and reliability of the power distribution system.


The Standard for Electrical Test Technicians was developed to ensure that those individuals performing electrical tests are competent not only to perform the tests but are also able to evaluate the results and make a competent judgment on the condition of the electrical equipment. The Standard sets four levels of expertise from entry level to Senior Technician in describing a career path for those individuals desiring employment in this field. It establishes knowledge and skill requirements for each level and the testing requirements necessary to attain each certification.

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