Electrical Principles


The GSES Electrical Principles course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts of electrical engineering, tailored to cater to both beginners and individuals with a background in electrical work. It covers the Nationally Recognised Training unit of competency UEERE0051 Apply electrical principles to renewable energy design and is the essential prerequisite for non-electricians to enrol in the Solar Accreditation Australia design only accreditation courses.

If you are not an electrician, and want to be a SAA accredited designer, you need to complete this course before enrolling in the Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only course.

If you don’t have any prior experience in electrical theory, you will find this course challenging but rewarding! It is a lengthy course (nominally 60 hours, but you may take more or less time to complete it) that covers the necessary electrical background to start your renewable energy design career.

If you are an engineer, or someone with extensive electrical knowledge aligned with the UEERE0051 unit you may be interested in doing the Electrical Principles Exam instead, which is a shortened version of this course only containing assessments with no tutor support.

Frequently Asked Questions

GSES is a Nationally Recognised Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 91461), and students who successfully complete all components of the course will receive a Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency UEERE0051 Apply electrical principles to renewable energy design.

Please read the essential Course Information and Policies before purchasing this course.


This course does not have any formal prerequisites, although it’s still beneficial to have the following skills:

Recommended Qualifications and Characteristics:

  1. Curiosity and Enthusiasm: A keen interest in understanding how electricity works and its role in renewable energy systems will greatly enhance your engagement with the course content.
  2. Basic Maths Proficiency: While the course covers foundational concepts, a basic understanding of mathematics, including algebra and basic equations, will aid in comprehending electrical calculations and principles.
  3. Technical Interest: If you’re intrigued by technical subjects and enjoy learning about the underlying mechanisms of technology, this course will provide you with a solid introduction to electrical systems.
  4. Desire to Learn: The course is designed to be accessible to learners from various backgrounds. An eagerness to learn and a commitment to engaging with the course materials will contribute to a successful learning journey.
  5. Computer Literacy: As the course is online, basic computer skills are important. You should be comfortable using a computer, browsing the internet, and interacting with online learning platforms.
  6. Future Interest in Renewable Energy: If you’re considering a career in renewable energy, electrical engineering, or related fields, the knowledge gained from this course will lay a strong foundation for your future studies and endeavours.

Who Should Consider Enrolling:

  • Qualified engineers looking for formal recognition of their electrical skills and knowledge within the vocational training sector.
  • Professionals looking to broaden their understanding of electrical principles within the context of renewable energy.
  • Students or enthusiasts with an interest in sustainable energy systems and the desire to explore the basics of electricity.
  • Individuals preparing for further studies or careers in solar energy, grid-connected systems, or electrical engineering.
  • Anyone seeking to make informed decisions about energy consumption and contribute to the transition toward cleaner energy solutions.
Course Outline

The Electrical Principles online course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts of electrical engineering, tailored to cater to both beginners and individuals with a background in electrician work. This course offers a deep understanding of the principles that govern electrical systems, enabling students to grasp essential theoretical knowledge while also furthering their understanding of electrical concepts.

Topics covered include:

  • Acts, Regulation, Standards & Codes of Practice
  • Electrical Isolation & Safe Work Method Statements
  • DC Electricity
  • AC Electricity & AC Power
  • Electrical Instruments
  • Earthing Systems & MEN
  • Switchboards & Protection
  • Cabling
  • The Grid
  • Drawing Types
  • Energy Production & Yield

The course includes self-paced learning materials and topic assessments, and culminates in the completion of an electrical design task.

Students who complete this course will be eligible to enrol in the Grid-Connected PV Systems Design only course.

Training Outcome

Successful completion of this Electrical Principles course will result in the award of a Statement of Attainment in the current version of the following Unit of Competency:

  • UEERE0051: Apply electrical principles to renewable energy design

This Unit of Competency is the prerequisite to the Grid-Connected PV Systems and Stand Alone Power Systems Design Only courses, which lead to Solar Accreditation Australia Design Accreditation. Solar Accreditation Australia has information on their website indicating their requirements to apply for Solar Accreditation Australia Accreditation: https://saaustralia.com.au/about-accreditation/

Materials and Equipment

Students are required to have access to and be familiar with using the current version of the following Australian Standards:

  • AS/NZS 3000
  • AS/NZS 3008.1.1

These are available for purchase from the SAI Global website or Techstreet website, and also available from some libraries, institutions and industry associations. GSES is not able to provide access to these standards.

Students will require the following:

  • Computer with reliable Internet connection
  • Scientific calculator
  • A regularly monitored email account for registration purposes
Delivery Method and Duration

This course is delivered online at students’ own pace. The course is nominally 60 hours of training, including the online assessments and design task, but students may take more or less time to complete the course. Courses are valid for twelve (12) months. Extension fees apply from the date of expiry, and the maximum extension permitted is six (6) months from the date of expiry.

GSES has a team of tutors who mark the online work and as necessary supply feedback or additional technical information to the students. GSES’s tutors are also available to be contacted by phone during business hours or email.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a registered training organisation (RTO) GSES complies with the Standards set out by the regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), for Vocational Education Training (VET).

GSES will inform students within 30 days of any changes to services provided to them. This includes any changes to education and support services, any change in the RTO ownership or to third party arrangements.

GSES maintains an adult workplace. We do not countenance any behaviour that is contrary to safe work practice. We do not countenance inappropriate language in all forms of communication. GSES asks that all persons treat others with respect.

Cheating will not be tolerated. If detected, sanctions may be implemented at the discretion of GSES. Students are required to ensure that all responses and/or work they submit is their own work. Any referenced material should be annotated as to its origin. Sanctions may be implemented at the discretion of GSES if plagiarism or fraud is detected, including revocation of certification.

All GSES course participants have the right to appeal the results they obtain in assessments and examinations. The appeal should be sent in writing to the RTO Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will review the result and respond in writing. GSES may use mediation and conciliation to resolve the complaint. Students also have the right to engage a suitably qualified independent assessor.

Cancellation and Refunds

Cancellation of online training courses will be subject to the following conditions:

  • If the student’s Learning, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) levels are determined by GSES to be below the standard required to complete the coursework successfully, and the student has not yet submitted coursework for assessment, GSES may offer a full refund of the online course material and practical training component. If the student then opts to continue with the course, the standard cancellation and refund policy applies.
  • Cancellation of online training courses made within fourteen (14) days of the date of payment AND before the online course has been accessed: the student will receive a full refund of the online course payment.
  • Cancellation of online training courses made within fourteen (14) days of the date of payment AND after the online course has been accessed AND before any coursework has been submitted for assessment: the student will receive a refund of the online course payment less a cancellation fee of $440, unless the value of the course is lower than this, in which case the student will receive no
  • Cancellation more than fourteen (14) days after the date of payment OR after the first coursework is submitted for assessment (whichever occurs first): the student will receive no refund.
Recognition of Prior Learning

In accordance with the Australian Quality Framework, GSES is committed to providing a quality recognition process to all students that is:

  • Fair
  • Flexible
  • Reliable
  • Valid

This course has been designed as a Recognition of Prior Learning pathway for electrical engineers and others who have higher education or non-formal training in electrical principles. These students are able to complete the assessment tasks without engaging in the training content, and thus receive formal recognition of their electrical competency within the Nationally Recognised Training structure, as a prerequisite pathway to further renewable energy training.

For more information on our Recognition of Prior Learning policy, please see the Course Information and Policies section 4.

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This online examination is designed for engineers with electrical knowledge who wish to further their skills by gaining an accreditation to design either grid-connected photovoltaic or stand-alone power systems.

Prerequisites: An engineering degree is the current prerequisite for attempting the electrical basics examination. You will be asked for a copy of your academic transcript upon enrolment. It is expected that only engineers who have previously completed a subject in basic electrical principles will achieve the pass mark.

Terms: The examination fee includes two attempts at the examination, which can be started at any time up to one month after purchase. Access to the examination will expire after 30 days. After an attempt is started, it must be completed within 24 hours. There are 50 questions, and a minimum score of 45/50 (90%) must be achieved to successfully pass. If the pass mark is not achieved after the second attempt, the candidate will not be able to re-attempt the examination for 6 months and will be required to repurchase the examination.

Students will require the following:

Computer with reliable Internet connection
Scientific calculator
A regularly monitored email account for registration purposes

Outcome of successful completion: Certificate of completion and eligible to apply for CEC accreditation following the completion of a CEC-accredited GSES course (e.g. Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only). This certificate must be submitted in conjunction with the certificate of completion for the GSES course when applying for CEC provisional accreditation.