The course consists of two main components: online theory completed at students’ own pace and the face-to-face (3 days) component held at a GSES Training Facility in Sydney or Brisbane. The required work includes the online assessments, the 3-day Practical Course and a design task.
Prerequisites: Unrestricted Australian Electrical Licence
Electrical apprentices may enrol in this course, however they will need to show they have completed the prerequisite units in their studies already OR wait till they are issued their unrestricted licence before being awarded a Statement of Attainment.
Students will need to have access to the AS/NZS 5033:2014 and AS/NZS 4777.1:2016 standards to successfully complete this course (and for work in the field). These can be purchased from the SAI Global website and are available at some local libraries.
This course has been designed to address the PV grid-connect market in Australia and is ideal for electricians who wish to expand their knowledge and skills. The delivery mode of this course is designed for busy tradespeople who do not have the time to attend face-to-face courses to gain relevant qualifications.
With a fully flexible web-based format, the online course allows students to complete the theory in their own time. The online course includes vital knowledge for participating in the practical component.
GSES has a team of tutors who mark the online work and as necessary supply feedback or additional technical information to the students. GSES tutors are also available to be contacted by phone or email during the day.
The amount of time needed to complete the online component varies greatly between students and depends on their prior experience, aptitude for mathematical and electrical concepts, and degree of self-motivation. A typical student could expect to spend 60 hours on the online content and assessments, and 16 hours on the design task. After approximately two thirds of the online assessments have been completed, the student is able to book and attend their 3-day practical session.
Face-to-Face Component: 3 Day Practical Course
On completion of the majority of the online component, students then attend the practical component, which provides:
1. Intensive hands-on installation, fault finding and commissioning experience; and
2. Quality time with GSES trainers to review the theory; and
3. Practical exercises as part of the competency based training outcome.
Students will work in small groups and individually. One trainer is assigned to a maximum of eight students for practical activities to ensure focused time with the trainers for any additional questions or advice.
GSES is a Nationally Recognised Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 91461). Upon successful completion of all components of the course, a Statement of Attainment will be awarded for the following Units of Competency:
- Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus (UEENEEK125A)
- Design grid connected power supply systems (UEENEEK135A)
- Install, configure and commission grid-connected power supply systems (UEENEEK148A)
These units meet the PV System Knowledge requirement of the Clean Energy Council’s Grid-connect PV System Design and Install accreditation. Successful students can use their GSES-issued Statement of Attainment to apply for accreditation. The Clean Energy Council has information on their website indicating any additional requirements to apply for Clean Energy Council Accreditation: www.solaraccreditation.com.au