Grid-Connected PV Systems

This course has been designed to address the PV grid-connect market in Australia and is ideal for electricians and engineers who wish to expand their knowledge and skills.

GSES Design & Install Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems

This course provides a pathway for electricians to Clean Energy Council Grid Connected PV Design and Installation Accreditation. This competency based training program combines online and face-to-face content delivery with a comprehensive text book, ongoing tutor support and a practical design task.

  • Outcome: Statement of Attainment and Eligible for CEC Design & Install Grid-Connected PV Systems Accreditation
  • Delivery Method: Online and 3 day face-to-face practical
  • Delivery Dates: Ongoing
  • Current Price: $2,250

Course Structure

The course consists of two main components: online theory completed at students’ own pace and the face-to-face (3 days) component held at our GSES Training Facility in Botany, Sydney. The required work includes the online and written assessments, the 3-day Practical Course and a written open book exam.

Electricians must complete both the online and practical components to be eligible for CEC Provisional Design & Install Grid-Connected PV Systems Accreditation.

NOTE: The online theory component is recommended to be completed BEFORE attending practical training days.
If possible, we recommend students register for the face-to-face practical training before the online component is completed, this will help to secure a place on the dates required. Numbers at the practical training course are restricted for quality assurance and to maintain trainer to student ratios.

This course is designed for electricians who already hold an electrician’s qualification, and wish to further their skills by gaining a qualification to design and install grid-connected photovoltaic systems (not Stand Alone Power systems).

Prerequisites: Electrical License

To be awarded a Statement of Attainment, you must hold a current unrestricted electrical license issued by an Australian state or territory OR refer to the CEC for units which need to be completed in lieu of a license:

http://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/acccec/becomingaccreditation/training.html

Electrical apprentices may enrol in this course, however they will need to show they have completed the above units in their studies already OR wait till they are issued their unrestricted license before being awards a Statement of Attainment.

Students will need to have access to the AS/NZS 5033:2014 standard to successfully complete this course (and for work in the field). This can be purchased from the SAI Global website and is available at some local libraries.

Online Component

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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the 3-day practical course, students will have the knowledge and skills to safely work on roofs and competently install a grid connect PV system.

Course Content

  • Installing two systems on different types of roofs
  • Commissioning and Decommissioning a system
  • Fault-finding on a system
  • Finer points of installation
  • Written assessments on completion of course content

Trainer to Student Ratio

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.

Training Outcome

1.        Statement of Attainment

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)

Electricians who successfully complete the online and practical components can then apply to the Clean Energy Council of Australia for the Design & Installation of Grid-Connect PV Systems Accreditation.  The Clean Energy Council has information on their website indicating their information requirements to apply for Clean Energy Council Accreditation.

www.solaraccreditation.com.au

Outcome: Statement of Attainment and Eligible to Apply for Provisional Accreditation

GSES Install Only Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems

This course is for electricians who already hold an electrician’s qualification, and wish to further their skills by also being able to install grid-connected photovoltaic systems. This training program combines online and face-to-face content delivery with a comprehensive text book and ongoing tutor support.
  • Outcome: Statement of Attainment and Eligible for CEC Install Grid-Connected PV Systems Accreditation
  • Delivery Method: Online and 2 day face-to-face practical
  • Delivery Dates: Ongoing
  • Current Price: $1,650
The course consists of two components:

Online Component

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 available to be contacted via phone during the day.

Face-to-Face Component: 2 Day Practical

On completion of the majority of the online component, students then attend the practical component at the GSES Training Facility in Botany, Sydney. This 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.

NOTE: The online theory component must be completed BEFORE attending practical training days.
We recommend students register for the Face-to-Face training before completing the online component to secure a place. Numbers are restricted for quality assurance and to maintain trainer to student ratios.

Prerequisites: Electrical License

Students will need to have access to the AS/NZS 5033:2014 standard to successfully complete this course (and for work in the field). This can be purchased from the SAI Global website and is available at some local libraries.

To be awarded a Statement of Attainment, you must hold a current unrestricted electrical license issued by an Australian state or territory OR refer to the CEC for units which need to be completed in lieu of a license:

http://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/acccec/becomingaccreditation/training.html

Electrical apprentices may enrol in this course, however they will need to show they have completed the above units in their studies already OR wait till they are issued their unrestricted license before being awarded a Statement of Attainment.

Course Content
  • Installing two systems on different types of roofs
  • Commissioning and Decommissioning a system
  • Fault-finding on a system
  • Written assessments on completion of course content

Trainer to Student Ratio

Students will work in small groups and individually. One trainer is assigned to up to eight students for practical activities to ensure focused one-on-one time with the trainers for any additional questions or advice.

Outcome: Statement of Attainment and Eligible to Apply for Provisional Accreditation

Electricians who successfully complete the online and practical components will be able to apply for CEC Provisional Accreditation for Install of Grid-Connected PV Systems.

Training Outcome

NRT ColLogo1.        Statement of Attainment
Electricians who successfully complete the online and practical components can then apply to the Clean Energy Council of Australia for the Installation of Grid-Connect PV Systems Accreditation.  The Clean Energy Council has information on their website indicating their information requirements to apply for Clean Energy Council Accreditation.

www.solaraccreditation.com.au

A Statement of Attainment will be awarded for the following Units of Competency:

  • Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus (UEENEEK125A)
  • Install, configure and commission grid-connected power supply systems (UEENEEK148A)

Outcome: Statement of Attainment and Eligible to Apply for Provisional Accreditation

GSES Design Only Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems

This course is designed for engineers or those who hold equivalent basic electrical units, and wish to further their skills by also being able to design grid-connected photovoltaic systems. This competency based training program is an online course with a comprehensive text book, ongoing tutor support and a design task.
  • Outcome: Statement of Attainment (Electricians only) or Certificate of Completion and Eligible for CEC Design Grid-Connected PV Systems Accreditation
  • Delivery Method: Online
  • Delivery Dates: Ongoing
  • Current Cost: $1,250

Course Structure

This course comprises online theory component comprising online and written assessments which can be completed at students’ own pace. There is also a written open book exam to be completed.

While there is no practical requirement for Design Only Grid-Connected PV Systems Accreditation, GSES provides the opportunity to attend an optional practical for those wishing to gain hands-on experience. The price and availability of attending the practical component is shown in this section.

Prerequisites: None

While there are no formal prerequisites to complete this course, there is heavy use of computer, calculator and mathematical equations. For this reason it is strongly recommended that students have prior knowledge of mathematics, as well as computer and calculator skills.

IMPORTANT: In order to receive a statement of attainment , you must satisfy the specific prerequisites for these units. Other course participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Note: Anyone wishing to apply for accreditation with the CEC Design Only Grid-Connected PV Systems will need to complete this course AND hold an electrician, electronics or electrical engineer qualification.

Students will need to have access to the AS/NZS 5033:2014 standard to successfully complete this course (and for work in the field). This can be purchased from the SAI Global website and is available at some local libraries.

Course Content

The course outlines the design principles of grid-connected PV systems covering the following content:

  • Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus
  • Design grid connected power supply systems

Outcome: Certificate of Completion

On successful completion of the course content, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Electrical or electronics engineers who successfully complete the Design Only course can then apply to the Clean Energy Council of Australia for the Design of Grid-Connect PV Systems Accreditation.  The Clean Energy Council has information on their website indicating their information requirements to apply for Clean Energy Council Accreditation.

www.solaraccreditation.com.au

For all other cases, please check your eligibility for CEC Design Only of Grid Connected PV Systems on the CEC’s accreditation website www.solaraccreditation.com.au or call 03 9929 4100.

GSES Introduction to Installation Best Practices (Optional Practical Extension Course)

This is an extension course developed principally for engineers, CEC accredited designers or those who hold equivalent basic electrical units and wish to get hands on experience of grid connected photovoltaic system installation. This is a one day, face to face, non-accredited training course to allow participants to experience a real installation.
  • Outcome: Hands on experience
  • Delivery Method: 1 day face-to face practical
  • Delivery Dates: Ongoing
  • Current Price: $495 (inc. GST)

Course Structure

This course comprises a short introductory session on site considerations, followed by a hands-on practical session to install a real system (de-energized). You will be trained by a CEC accredited, licensed electrician with many years of experience in Solar Industry. This course will give you an insight of all the things required to carry out an actual installation, commissioning, testing and basic fault finding.

 

Course Content

  • Shading Analysis (Path Finder and Sun path diagram)
  • Installation of rails, modules and DC Isolator (de-energized)
  • Demonstration of pre commissioning tests (Short circuit test, Insulation resistance test etc.)
  • Demonstration of Commissioning and De-commissioning procedure
  • Fault Finding Exercise

Prerequisites

While there are no formal prerequisites for the course, we advise you to have;

Recommended knowledge Notes
Familiarity with Work Health and Safety The course will provide a site relevant overview
Knowledge of basic electrical units This will not be taught in the course
Familiarity of standards such as AS/NZS 5033:2014 This will be discussed during the installation, but not taught.

Alternatively you can enrol in GSES GCPV Design Only course then participate in this extension course.

NOTE: The bulk of the practical installation is performed on de-energised (not live) system components. As this will ultimately be an energised system, any Low Voltage electrical installation work can only be done by a licensed electrician, however once Low Voltage electrical work is complete, non-electricians will then participate in the remainder of the practical training

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