Maintenance, Testing, and Compliance
146,000+ Students since 1995
There are 170+ emergency power supply system (EPSS) requirements found in the National Fire Protection Association, OSHA, CMS, DNV, and The Joint Commission codes and standards. Motor and Generator Institute makes meeting those requirements simple by ensuring you are well versed in weekly inspections and monthly testing procedures, which includes the cooling, lubrication, fuel, and battery charging subsystems.
- Do I have the proper EPSS documentation and records for inspections, maintenance, and testing?
- Did I perform all monthly and triennial tests properly? Will AHJ surveyors accept the testing reports?
- Am I performing all maintenance activities adequately to ensure the EPSS will start & run when needed, and meet all AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) requirements?
- Does my EPSS installation meet NFPA requirements for lighting, cooling, ventilation, fuel supply and storage?
“I have been studying the CHEPP course and WOW you did an excellent job. I have been in Facilities 20+ years and I am learning and growing professionally.“ – Dewayne
“I am proud to earn this designation and look forward to continuing to progress my knowledge but also help our industry progress and make our facilities safer!“ – Odell
Codes and Standards used in the development of Motor and Generator Institute’s certification programs:
- NFPA 70, National Electrical Code ®
- NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code ® (Health Care Only)
- NFPA 101, Life Safety Code ®
- NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) (Health Care Only)
- The Joint Commission – Environment of Care (EC) Section (Health Care Only)
- DNV Healthcare – Physical Environment (PE) Section (Health Care Only)
About the Instructor
Danny Chisholm began his career in the emergency power industry in 1998 and became a full-time instructor in 2003. Danny serves as an alternate for the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committees responsible for NFPA 110, Emergency and Standby Power Systems, NFPA 111, Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems. Danny began his career as a service technician in 1998 and became a full-time instructor in 2003.
Who is it for?
This online course was developed for ANY individual responsible for the maintenance, testing, or compliance of an emergency power supply system (EPSS). An MGI certificate of completion shows you are well versed in current codes and standards, manufacturer requirements, and AHJ expectations.
What does it cover?
- Requirements: Several standards have something to say about maintenance and testing of EPSSs; however, all the standards refer to NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, for the “final word.”
- Safety: Make sure you follow NFPA and OSHA requirements for training and safety of personnel, including specific PPE recommendations.
- Maintenance: Each component of the EPSS (batteries, cooling, fuel, etc) require specific tasks to be performed at certain intervals.
- Inspections: Performing a visual inspection of your EPSS on a weekly basis is a MUST. Use MGI’s weekly inspection checklist to discover issues before the next generator run.
- Testing: Monthly and triennial testing are essential to extending the life of your EPSS and uncover underperforming items before the next emergency. Also, documentation is REQUIRED for AHJ compliance.
- Health Care Facilities: NFPA 99 requirements and breakdown of the Essential Electrical Distribution System (life safety, critical, and equipment branch) and what circuits belong to each.
How is it different?
The Motor and Generator Institute certification program is the ONLY online course covering emergency power supply system maintenance, testing, and compliance in a single curriculum. Other courses only cover the standards and basic maintenance tasks, plus cost upwards of $1,100 for a two-day session. MGI’s certification program covers all NFPA, manufacturer, and AHJ requirements, plus detailed inspection and testing procedures.
When and How?
Students have 365 days from the issuance of their login to complete the online course. The course is completely self-paced and online lessons are available 24x7x365. All you need is a username and password.
How does it work?
Each student receives a username and password to access the MGI website. The online course consists of video lessons and knowledge quiz. Students who complete all lessons will receive immediate access to print a certificate of completion.
Receive a one-year EPSS maintenance, testing, and compliance manual with update service. Download your manual right from the MGI website and print from your computer. New updates are posted to the student’s account page and notified by email. Stay up-to-date on all EPSS requirement changes during the year. Plus, new maintenance and testing content as it is developed.
Program Fee: $199
146,000+ students since 1995
The online course is $199 per person. Each student receives access to the EPSS maintenance, testing, and compliance manual to download and print from their computer. The lessons are comprised of 37+ videos and knowledge quizzes. Students who complete the course will receive immediate access to print their certificate.
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- Properly Trained Personnel
- Codes and Standards Governing M/T
- Essential Loads Powered by the EPSS
- What Happens When the Power Goes?
- Signage on and Around the EPSS
- Safety Gear
- EPSS Lockout Procedure
- OSHA Letter
- Who Has the Last Word on M/T
- When to Use a “Backup” EPS
- Manuals, Special Tools, and Spare Parts
- Maintenance and Operational Requirements
- When to Start Your M/T Program
- You ARE the “Utility of Record”
- Rental Unit Agreements
- Replacement of Batteries
- Predictive Maintenance
- Incorporating Safety into Routine
- Electrical and Starting Systems
- Starting Batteries
- Starting System Maintenance
- Lead-Acid Battery Maintenance
- Battery Charger
- General Condition of the EPSS
- EPS Prime Mover (EPS)
- Cooling Systems
- Exhaust Systems
- Fuel Systems
- Lubrication Systems
- Transfer Switches
- Circuit Breakers
- Peak Load Shaving
- Frequency and Test Length
- Date and Time of Test
- Equivalent Loads
- Load Run Banks
- Gas Powered Generators
- Cold Starts
- Time Delays
- Monthly Testing Procedure
- Tri-Annual Testing