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Campus Safety: General Requirements for Installation of Lightning Protection Systems



This online course provides an overview of Lightning Protection Systems and the requirements that govern their construction and performance. This training draws from several applicable standards, including NFPA 780 and UL 96A, to introduce key regulations about each element of a complete lightning protection system. These elements include strike termination devices, cable conductors, grounding electrodes, bonding, and surge protection devices. Each of these elements must follow specific material requirements that are outlined in this training.  Upon completion of this course, participants will understand critical methods to ensure that entire structures are covered in lightning-proof zones of protection. We will also briefly identify other miscellaneous structures that have specific lightning protection system requirements.


Course Topics

  • Lightning Protection Systems and Standards

  • System Component Materials

  • Strike Termination Devices

  • Zones of Protection

  • Cable Conductors

  • Grounding Electrodes

  • Bonding

  • Surge Protection Devices


Following the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental purpose and principles of lightning protection systems, as well as the standards regulating their construction and performance.

  • Understand minimum material requirements for different classes of structures as well as measures to protect system components against mechanical damage and corrosion.

  • Understand the requirements associated with the various types of strike termination devices.

  • Calculate the appropriate placement of strike termination devices to provide maximum protection from lighting strikes.

  • Understand the different types of cable conductors, as well as the key regulations governing their use.

  • Explain appropriate methods for grounding to dissipate lightning discharge without damage to the structure.

  • Understand how to appropriately protect structures through common bonding of grounded systems.

  • Understand how to protect sensitive electronic equipment through correctly located and rated surge protection devices.

Target Audience

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

UL Knowledge Solutions is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this eLearning series; contact your local jurisdiction for CEU recognition. 0.1 CEU will be awarded upon completion of the module.

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Time Requirement


Web-Based 1 hour $99.00

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