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CEC Accreditation and your career

Solar Worker

A great career in solar energy starts with Training and CEC Accreditation

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) is the governing body for Australia’s solar designers and installers. They ensure a high standard of work for the Australian solar and battery industry. GSES provides the required training to apply for accreditation with the CEC, and jump start your career.

An Accredited Designer and Installers can approve solar & battery designs and installations. This means they are built to AS/NZ standards and of high quality. Accreditation also lets you obtain solar Small-Scale Technology Certificates, (STC’s) which can be worth thousands of dollars. This sets you and your business ahead of the competition, and builds trust in the renewable energy industry. There are however, specific regulations for who is eligible for accreditation and the process to follow.

Which Accreditation Career Path are you on?

Electrician CEC Accreditation Carreer

Electrician

Can become Accredited as a Designer, Installer or Both

Step 1

  • 3rd & 4th year apprentices can take our courses but must have a full license to apply with CEC. Contact us beforehand.
  • Enrol in your course, receive your resource book and complete your language, literacy and numeracy assessment.

Step 2

  • Study at your own pace, using our tutor support for help.
  • Installation Course students book their hands-on practical session at 60% completion.
  • Finish the course within a few weeks up to 1 year.

Step 3

  • Ensure you or your company have public liability insurance, and a Working Safely at Heights certificate
  • Apply for Provisional Accreditation with the CEC. Approved in about 1 week.

Step 4

  • Complete the Online CEC Assessments within 30 Days.
  • Submit your first installation for the CEC practical assessment.
  • Obtain full accreditation upon approval

CEC Accredited Career

  • Maintain Accreditation with Continuous Professional Development Courses
  • Expand your knowledge with other accreditation pathways in Grid-connected, Battery Storage, and Stand Alone Design
Engineer CEC Accreditation Career

Engineer/ Engineering Technologist

Can only become an Accredited Designer

Step 1

  • Note: Those without an non-electrical engineering degree (mechanical, civil, chemical etc.) will need to take the Electrical Basics exam.

Step 2

  • Enrol in your course, receive your resource book and complete your language, literacy and numeracy assessment.
  • Study at your own pace, using our tutor support for help.
  • Finish the course within a few weeks up to 1 year.

Step 3

  • Ensure you or your company have public liability insurance.
  • Apply for Provisional Accreditation with the CEC. Approved in about 1 week.

Step 4

  • Complete the Online CEC Assessment within 30 Days.
  • Obtain full accreditation

CEC Accredited Career

  • Design residential, commercial and utility scale solar systems.
  • Maintain Accreditation with Professional Development Courses
  • Expand your knowledge with other accreditation pathways in Grid-connected, Battery Storage, and Stand Alone Design
Solar Worker

No electrical or engineering background

Currently, there is no immediate pathway to accreditation.

We are working to create a pathway in the future here. Stay tuned.

A Career without CEC Accreditation

Benefits of CEC Accreditation

In addition to the major benefits listed above, you will also have the following benefits with the CEC:

  • Access to the CEC’s solar technical advice support line
  • Access to toolbox talks, how to’s and technical information
  • Informed of important changes to industry standards and guidelines
  • Informed of CEC approved products
  • Informed of issues found from Clean Energy Regulator inspections
  • Have yourself included on the CEC’s find an installer tool  (This also applies for designers)
  • Voice your opinion to government and regulators

Customers are more likely to choose an accredited company or installer because they work to the highest standard, and can offer competitive pricing due to the STC offsets.

How much will all this cost?

Any time you invest in education, you are investing in yourself, and your future career. The payback of having reliable, well paying work for years to come is easily worth your initial investment. We also are the only Renewable Energy RTO offering Zip Pay & Zip Money payment plan options! If you already have the prerequisite qualifications, costs may look similar to the following:

  • Accreditation courses with GSES ranges from $1295 to $2295. The electrical basics exam is $120 (prices subject to change)
  • Liability insurance can be obtained from many suppliers, and is surprisingly affordable, around $65 per month, or $780 a year. Most companies will already have insurance.
  • Installers require a Working Safely at Heights certificate which is about $200
  • If you are starting a business, a sole trader ABN application is free.
  • Provisional application currently costs $120 +GST, and the upgrade to full accreditation costs 500+GST.
  • Annual renewals currently cost $190, and adding additional accreditations like Batteries and Stand Alone Systems costs $190 as well.

Total Costs in your first year: About $1900 to $3900 depending on your situation.

When can I start? In about a day!

First, gather your prerequisite documents. This could be your electrical license, engineering degree or Australian equivalence certificates. Next, read the course description and polices to ensure you understand, and contact us if you have questions.

Finally, purchase your selected course through our shop page. You will receive enrolment instructions while your resource book will be shipped out to you. Once you have your login details, you will need to complete a short Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. This lets us know how well you will understand the material. This is manually checked and approved by our tutor team. Once approved, you are off and running!

To ensure your smooth progress through the course, try to schedule at least 1 day a week to read and work through the course. If you need help, reach out to the GSES tutor team. We are here to get you through and on to the next stage of your career!

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