Prepare battery lighting equipment and systems

Business Sectors (Suites): Lighting for Film and TV
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


‚ÄčThis standard is about recognising the differences between AC and DC lighting, preparing batteries and chargers and working with the battery lighting equipment.

This standard is also about the selection of different types of batteries and the use and safe storage of these.

This standard is for those working as Lighting Technicians, Best Boys and Gaffers.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. follow health and safety regulations to carry out your role, including the use of personal protective equipment
  2. calculate current flow in DC circuits
  3. ensure that exposed terminals to connectors do not become a safety hazard
  4. check the wiring integrity on battery belts
  5. connect inverters safely to battery systems
  6. estimate the useful life of a fully charged battery subject to load
  7. mark and label batteries according to their charge state
  8. label, store and transport batteries in accordance with relevant health and safety regulations and guidelines
  9. ensure that all batteries are charged in rotation, and are marked correctly when provided
  10. ensure the safe use of battery equipment

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. health and safety regulations and how these affect your work and safety practices including the use of personal protective equipment
  2. the difference between AC and DC power systems
  3. the difference between series and parallel charging
  4. the dangers and restrictions in the use of battery supplies including charging
  5. the charging parameters and limitations as applied to lead acid, nickel- cadmium, and lithium battery supplies; and their ratings
  6. the problems that can arise from the misuse of, or incorrect, polarity
  7. how to deal with battery acid spills, and what remedial action must be taken
  8. how to transport and store batteries safely
  9. how to carry out mandatory labelling of batteries and why
  10. the safe methods for the disposal of batteries and requirements according to relevant environmental policies and procedures
  11. the importance of ensuring that that batteries get charged in rotation and how to carry out the process
  12. the safe use of battery equipment


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Performing Arts, Skilled Trades NEC, Skilled Trades Occupations

SOC Code



power requirements; battery systems, circuits; installation; battery equipment; personal protective equipment; health and safety regulations;