Reliable Relevant Electrical Measurements

Training course

Good electrical measurement starts with being clear on why you are making the measurement, including the decisions that will come from the measurement results.



After completion of the course students can be expected to decide how accurately an electrical measurement needs to be made and how best to achieve that accuracy with available equipment.

2 Day course

Cost $1595 + GST earlybird

EARLY BIRD RATES apply until 30 June 2018. From 1 July $1695 + GST.


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Laurie Christian

Principal Research Scientist | Electricity

Laurie has spent 40 years working as a metrologist specialising in electrical measurements. He is responsible for the 10 V Josephson Voltage Standard, which is New Zealand’s standard of dc voltage. In 1997 he spent 10 months working with the team at the NIST, Boulder, Colorado laboratories who developed the Josephson array chip that is the heart of this standard. He has carried out research into developments of this technology that allow the synthesis of arbitrary low-frequency waveforms. Laurie has been active in many areas of electrical metrology, including DC voltage, current and resistance.

In 1999 Laurie developed the Reference Step Method for measuring dc voltage ratios for resistive dividers up to 1000 V and has since then applied it to calibrating both dc voltage sources and meters over the same range. Several NMIs are using this method for dc voltage scaling. In 2006 he applied the core principle of this method to create the Current Reference Step Method, which can be used to scale from a low current to a much higher current (hundreds of amperes). Laurie has been a technical expert for many IANZ accredited electrical calibration laboratories and has peer-reviewed several NMIs in the Asia-Pacific region.


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Keith Jones

Distinguished Scientist | Electricity

Keith’s early scientific work was with developing primary standards of impedance, starting with a mechanical-based capacitance standard. The discovery of the quantum Hall effect in 1980 (by Klaus von Klitzing) led to a period of intense international research, and Keith contributed to the international effort that ultimately led to the adoption of the quantum Hall effect as the new standard of resistance.

He has significant experience with developing national quality infrastructures from his time spent as Director of MSL and as Chairperson of the Asia-Pacific Metrology Programme. He has provided strategic advice in Malaysia, Chile, the Philippines and Myanmar. Keith has worked closely with the New Zealand electricity supply since 1993 to support the development of metrology codes of practice for metering installations. A significant continuing part of his work has been the provision of training courses and software to assist Approved Test Houses with the certification of metering installations.

Keith has been technical expert or peer reviewer for many IANZ accredited laboratories in New Zealand and as a technical peer reviewer for national metrology institutes in the Asia-Pacific region.

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 The Course is Suitable For:

Industry staff who are making electrical measurements that are important to a production process, looking after critical electronic instrumentation, or working in a calibration or test laboratory.

General Programme and Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to upskill staff involved with electrical measurements to avoid common measurement pitfalls and to get the best out of their instruments.

Day 1

  • Measurement traceability and the SI
  • Principles of calibration
  • Understanding a calibration certificate
  • Circuit theory refresher
  • Measurement problem definition
  • Electrical interference and other environmental effects
  • RREM Social Function

Day Two goes into more practical application and specific detail in technical areas.

Principles of operation of:

  • Digital multimeters
  • Process calibrators
  • Multifunction calibrators.

Instrument selection and use for:

  • DC resistance
  • DC voltage
  • DC current
  • AC voltage
  • AC current
  • AC capacitance, inductance and resistance
  • Power and energy.

Simple tools for uncertainty.

Course Qualification:

Students will receive a course attendance certificate.

Preparation: Students who attend day two are encouraged to bring specifications for a particular meter or metering installation that can be used as a worked example. Students will require laptops to gain hands-on experience of the software being demonstrated.

Date and Venue

To be scheduled

Lower Hutt

MacDiarmid Centre, Callaghan Innovation
69 Gracefield Road, Gracefield
Lower Hutt

  • Free Parking

  • Approximately 45 minute drive from Wellington Airport, 30 minutes from Wellington CBD

Course Times - 2 Day course

  • 8:30am - 9:00am

Welcome tea and coffee


  • 9:00am - 5:00pm

All courses commence at 9:00am sharp. All courses are expected to end by 5:00pm unless otherwise noted in the registration page.



Catering includes Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.  Please indicate dietary requirements on the registration form.