Why different PQ courses are on offer?
Because the Eskom handbook on PQ is used and PQ cannot be mastered in one.
The history of PQ in Southern Africa was initiated, developed made and maintained by Eskom. Initial technical experience was developed within Eskom and Eskom was the major role player in the development of NERSA’s PQ Directive and the South African NRS 048 document on PQ. This minimum standards document was later adopted all over Southern and Eastern Africa as the benchmark in minimum standards on PQ.
Eskom has recognised the need for dissemination of the knowledge and application of QoS practises by publishing a handbook on PQ. This book covers all aspects from fundamental principles to the advanced application thereof. It is currently by far the best reference material for anyone interested in the general aspects of PQ, even beyond our continent. Many different experts have contributed to the book. It documents the knowledge and experience from many different role-players in Southern African PQ over many years.
This Eskom handbook is used in the SAPQI PQ training and included in the course fee.
The content is too comprehensive to cover during a single course.
A student of PQ has to develop knowledge and skills methodologically and that requires participation in a worked-out curriculum. The experience of SAPQI by presenting PQ courses over the last decade and having trained a few hundred engineers and technicians on various aspects of PQ was used to structure different courses based and now based on the Eskom PQ handbook. The different chapters in this handbook collectively support a curriculum designed to empower an engineer (and technologist) to become a PQ specialist.
Not all the different PQ courses have to be attended. If interest in a specific course exists, it remains the responsibility of the interested individual to self-evaluate his/her prior learning. That prior learning could have been acquired by attending a SAPQI course, or by being exposed to PQ as part of a career.