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eAPP 3530: SEL-3530 Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC)

CEUs: 2.4
PDHs: 24

Course Base Fees: $1,500 USD*
* Plus Applicable Tax


Course Information

This course is the virtual version of APP 3530: SEL-3530 Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC). This course is currently only available to students in the United States.

Course Base Fees: $1,500 USD

eAPP 3530 will guide you, step by step, through configuring a realistic communications scheme using the SEL-3530 RTAC. This is a virtual training course with self-paced recorded lectures, highly interactive and activity-based exercises, and three weekly check-ins. Equipment and a printed workbook will arrive at your location approximately one week prior to the start of the session. An instructor will be available to assist individually as needed, or via weekly web conference sessions with the full class.

This self-paced virtual course combines virtual training and exercises with opportunities to connect with instructors when you have questions or need further guidance. Equipment must be returned after the course has ended.

Equipment includes the following:

  • One SEL-3530-4 RTAC
  • One SEL-751 Feeder Protection Relay
  • One SEL-2725 Ethernet switch
  • One portable 19” rack, pre-wired and pre-populated with the above items.

Each week, you will be tasked with watching the recorded lectures and completing the exercises for each section. At the end of the week, the instructor will hold a virtual class to review what you learned, provide the opportunity to ask questions, and prepare for the week ahead. At the end of the course, you will send the equipment back.

On average, it will take you about 24 hours, over the span of three weeks, to complete the eAPP 3530 course. In all, there are 13 topics and 12 exercises split between three sections, each completed in one week. To earn continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs), you must complete each week’s course material. Each week will be worth 0.8 CEUs or 8 PDHs, for a possible total of 2.4 CEUs or 24 PDHs. A link to the certificate will appear on the course page next to each course name once it has been completed.


This course is intended for engineers, technical consultants, and technicians who have an understanding of:

  • Boolean, math-based, and IEC 61131-3 logic.
  • Power system topology and architecture.
  • SEL relays, communications methods, and protocols.


Prior to Start of Course

  • Install all software indicated in the Course Preparation
  • Equipment and workbook arrive at your location

Week 1

  • RTAC Product and Automation Overview
  • Initial Setup and Security
  • acSELerator RTAC SEL-5033 Software Overview
  • DNP3/IP: RTAC Client/SEL-751 Server
  • Live virtual class

Week 2

  • RTAC-Tunneled Relay Engineering Access
  • RTAC Time Synchronization and Sequence of Events (SOE) Logging
  • Modbus TCP: RTAC Client/SEL-751 Server
  • SEL Protocol: RTAC Client/SEL-751 Server
  • Mirrored Bits Communications and IEC 61131-3 Introduction
  • Live virtual class

Week 3

  • RTAC IEC 61131-3 User Logic
  • RTAC DNP3/IP Server or RTAC Modbus TCP Server
  • Live virtual class

Week 4

  • Return equipment. Customer agrees to return any SEL equipment provided for use during the Training by shipping the equipment back to SEL within 1 week after the Training. If Customer fails to return the equipment, Customer acknowledges that SEL may charge Customer’s credit card for the retail cost of the equipment.

Course Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the function of modern integrated automation communications systems.
  • Describe typical RTAC system applications.
  • Use the RTAC web interface to configure settings, such as user accounts, and for troubleshooting purposes, such as reading the status and alarm logs from the RTAC.
  • Use acSELerator RTAC to efficiently manage RTAC settings and perform common operations, such as reading/sending settings and backing up/restoring them.
  • Identify and properly configure DNP3, SEL, Modbus, and Mirrored Bits communications protocol application settings.
  • Configure the RTAC to allow engineering access to connected IEDs.

Available Courses

October 4–22, 2021
This course is full. Please click waitlist button to be placed on the waiting list.

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Course Preparation

Make sure your laptop has the following features and updated software:

The following IP ports (TCP Incoming) must be software-available:

  • 5432: acSELerator RTAC project download/retrieval
  • 1217: acSELerator RTAC online status monitoring and point forcing
  • 5433: RTAC firmware upgrades
  • 15453: Communications traffic monitoring for diagnostics/testing
  • 443: HTTPS (RTAC web server)
  • 514: Syslog Watcher (TCP Incoming and UDP Listening)

Additional information is on the Course Policies and FAQ pages.