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Arc Flash Calculation Methods

COURSE NO: E04-033
Arc Flash Calculation Methods
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an overview of arc flash hazard computations suggested by IEEE and NFPA. All formulas and calculation procedures presented in this course are the property of the IEEE and NFPA. Students are encouraged to consult the standards for additional details.


An electric arc or an arcing fault is a flashover of electric current through air in electrical devices from one exposed live conductor to another or to ground. Arc flash hazard is the risk of excessive heat exposure and severe burn hurt due to arcing faults in electrical systems. Electric arcs generate intense heat, sound blast and pressure waves. They have really high temperatures, radiate acute heat, can inflame clothes and induce serious injuries that can be fateful.


This 4 PDH online course is suitable for engineers with a desire to understand procedures for completing arc flash studies.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the arch flash calculation methods
  • Learning about the approach boundaries
  • Learning about incident energy
  • Learning how to calculate arcing time
  • Determining the risk category
  • Understanding the assessment results format used on single line diagrams, reports and labels
Course Document

In this professional online engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document which is based on IEEE 1584, NFPA 70E standards and practical experience of completing arc flash hazard calculations.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Arc Flash Calculation Methods (241 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 4 PDH credits.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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