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Grid-Connected PV Systems Design & Install

$2,295.00

Online and 3 day face-to-face Practical Course

The GSES Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems Design & Install 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. The delivery mode of this course is designed for busy tradespeople who do not have the time to attend lengthy face-to-face courses to expand their knowledge and skills: the fully flexible web-based format of the online component allows students to complete the theory in their own time.

To enrol in this course, you must be a licensed electrician or electrical apprentice. 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 units of competency UEENEEK125A, UEENEEK135A and UEENEEK148A. This meets the training component of the Clean Energy Council’s requirements for Grid-connect Design and Install Provisional Accreditation.

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

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.
An electrical licence is a prerequisite for enrolment in this course. 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.

Successful completion of this Grid-Connected PV Systems Design and Install course will result in the award
of a Statement of Attainment in the current version of the following Units of Competency:
• UEENEEK125A: Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus and systems
• UEENEEK135A: Design grid connected photovoltaic power supply systems
• UEENEEK148A: Install, configure and commission LV grid connected photovoltaic power systems
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to 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 requirements to apply for Clean Energy Council
Accreditation: www.solaraccreditation.com.au.
Note that GSES cannot guarantee successful completion of this course, which is dependent on the effort of
the individual student. GSES assesses the Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills of students upon
enrolment and may offer a refund to students whose results are below the levels recommended for
successful completion of the course. GSES does not provide entry level Vocational Education Training (VET)
sector training.
When your course is completed, and all requirements have been met including identity verification,
licensing verification and Unique Student Identifier (USI) as required by the Australian Government, you
will be issued with certification within 14 days.

This course uses two delivery methods: online theory completed at students’ own pace and the face-toface component (24 hours over 3 days) held at our GSES Training Facility in either Sydney or Brisbane. Both
components must be successfully completed to receive a Statement of Attainment.
The time to complete the online component will differ between students, but students should expect to
commit around 56 hours (40 hours for online content and assessments, and 16 hours for the design task).
This work may be completed at any time during the student’s enrolment period, which is valid for 12
months, but approximately 60% of the online assessments (up to and including “Matching PV Array and
Inverter”) must be completed before attending the face-to-face 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’s tutors are also available to be contacted by phone (02 9024
5312) during business hours or email (tutor@gses.com.au). For the face-to-face component, students will
work in small groups and individually. One trainer is assigned to a maximum of ten students for practical
activities to ensure focused time with the trainers for any additional questions or advice.

This course uses two delivery methods: online theory completed at students’ own pace and the face-toface component (24 hours over 3 days) held at a GSES Training Facility. Both components must be
successfully completed to receive a Statement of Attainment.
The time to complete the online component will differ between students, but students should expect to
commit around 56 hours (40 hours for online content and assessments, and 16 hours for the design task).
This work may be completed at any time during the student’s enrolment period, which is valid for 12
months, but approximately 60% of the online assessments (up to and including “Matching PV Array and
Inverter”) must be completed before attending the face-to-face 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’s tutors are also available to be contacted by phone (02 9024
5312) during business hours or email (tutor@gses.com.au). For the face-to-face component, students will
work in small groups and individually. One trainer is assigned to a maximum of ten students for practical
activities to ensure focused time with the trainers for any additional questions or advice.

The confirmed date for the Practical Training Component is only available once a student has completed
the necessary online assessments, used the Moodle-provided link to select a date, and received a
confirmation email from GSES. GSES may cancel a scheduled practical session at any time fourteen (14)
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days or more prior to the starting date: any students enrolled in the cancelled practical will be transferred
to another session of their choice.
A student may change the date of their Practical Training Component fourteen (14) days or more prior to
the starting date of the Practical Training Component. Changing the date of any GSES Practical Training
Component less than 14 days prior to the scheduled start date will incur an admin fee of $192.50 inc GST.

Courses are valid for twelve (12) months from the date on which enrolment is finalised, therefore the
course must be completed within the expiry date given at the time of enrolment. If any extensions are
required after the course expiry date, an administration fee of $137.50 inc GST per month will be incurred
to extend the course. Extension fees apply from the date of expiry, and the maximum extension permitted
is six (6) months from the date of expiry. After this time (i.e. eighteen (18) months from enrolment),
students must be re-enrolled into a new course if intending to continue. Standard enrolment fees will apply
in this situation, and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be available for an additional fee.
If a cancellation/extension/change of date is required, please email or telephone GSES at
training@gses.com.au or 02 9024 5312.

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 does not countenance discrimination of any kind in the workplace. We wish to provide a safe and
comfortable place of work.

GSES assesses the Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills of students upon
enrolment and may offer a refund to students whose results are below the levels recommended for
successful completion of the course. GSES does not provide entry level Vocational Education Training (VET)
sector training.
When your course is completed, and all requirements have been met including identity verification,
licensing verification and Unique Student Identifier (USI) as required by the Australian Government, you will
be issued with certification within 14 days.

Your records are accessible in your online course. GSES urges you to keep copies of all your work until the
course is completed and certificate issued.
In the unlikely event that GSES ceases to deliver training services, all current student records will be
transferred to ASQA, who can organise completion of the Units of Competency with another RTO.

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.

GSES has a policy of treating all complaints quickly and professionally. GSES welcomes your feedback.
We ask that you seek to resolve any issue with the GSES staff person who is providing the service. If you are
unsure with whom you need to raise your issue, please:
• Call 02 9024 5312
• Write to GSES, PO Box 614 Botany, NSW, 1455
• Email training@gses.com.au
We will attempt to resolve your complaint within 10 working days.

If you cannot resolve the complaint informally with a staff member, you may lodge the complaint in writing
with the RTO Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at gses@bigpond.com. With your permission the CEO or senior
manager will respond in writing within 10 working days. GSES may use mediation and conciliation to
resolve the complaint.

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) at
gses@bigpond.com 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 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 inc GST, unless the value of the course is lower than this, in which case the student will
receive no refund.
• Cancellation more than fourteen (14) days after the date of payment OR after the first coursework
(i.e. the Workplace Health & Safety Assessment) is submitted for assessment (whichever occurs
first): the student will receive no refund.
• All course refunds are exclusive of the price of the supplied course publication as advertised at the
time of enrolment, unless the publication is returned to GSES in an undamaged and unused
condition. GSES reserves the right to refuse a refund of the publication on the basis that goods are
damaged or have been used prior to return.
• The cost of an online training course is inclusive of the Practical Training Component (if applicable),
as are course refunds

The confirmed date for the Practical Training Component is only available once a student has completed
the necessary online assessments, used the Moodle-provided link to select a date, and received a
confirmation email from GSES. GSES may cancel a scheduled practical session at any time fourteen (14)
days or more prior to the starting date: any students enrolled in the cancelled practical will be transferred
to another session of their choice.
A student may change the date of their Practical Training Component fourteen (14) days or more prior to
the starting date of the Practical Training Component. Changing the date of any GSES Practical Training
Component less than 14 days prior to the scheduled start date will incur an admin fee of $192.50 inc GST.

Courses are valid for twelve (12) months from the date on which enrolment is finalised, therefore the
course must be completed within the expiry date given at the time of enrolment. If any extensions are
required after the course expiry date, an administration fee of $137.50 inc GST per month will be incurred
to extend the course. Extension fees apply from the date of expiry, and the maximum extension permitted
is six (6) months from the date of expiry. After this time (i.e. eighteen (18) months from enrolment),
students must be re-enrolled into a new course if intending to continue. Standard enrolment fees will apply
in this situation, and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be available for an additional fee.
If a cancellation/extension/change of date is required, please email or telephone GSES at
training@gses.com.au or 02 9024 5312.

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
GSES will on request engage in a recognition of prior learning evaluation. GSES does not offer entry level
VET sector training.
GSES will ensure that an individual’s learning and skills are recognised irrespective of how or where they
have been acquired. This policy, therefore, recognises that prior study together with work and life
experiences may have provided the participant (subject to the provision of suitable evidence) with
competence in the outcomes prescribed in a curriculum or Training Package.
Skills recognition assessments and outcomes will be recorded, and Statements of Attainment will be issued
to the participant where applicable and appropriate.

If a Unit of Competency (UOC) has been completed as part of an earlier taught course, that UOC will be
evaluated to determine if there are any gaps in the previous training and any required training will be
provided as part of a higher level or new course.

Should the participant seek RPL, an appropriately skilled staff member will assess the participant’s
competence against the performance criteria or learning outcomes of the unit or session.
GSES advocates a consultative approach to assessing both prior and current competencies through
planning, implementing and evaluating the process.
Participants who are dissatisfied with the outcome of a recognition process are able to lodge an appeal
through GSES’s Customer Complaints and Appeals process, and participant feedback regarding the
recognition process is used as a valuable mechanism to continually improve the process.
If competence is established a Statement of Attainment will be issued, and the student must provide USI
and AVETMISS information.
Where competence is not established, the applicant will be informed on the training solution that can be
offered to prove this competence.

Fees for RPL evaluation will vary based on the extent of assessment and administrative services required. A
simple credit transfer will typically incur a once-off administration fee, while a full RPL procedure may be
billed at an hourly rate.

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This course is designed for electricians who wish to further their skills by learning to design and install grid-connected photovoltaic systems (not stand alone power systems). The majority of the course is completed online; students can book the dates for their 3 day face-to-face practical after attempting a certain proportion of the online work. Practical sessions are held regularly in Sydney and the current schedule can be found at this link. Note that dates are subject to minimum and maximum numbers, and places cannot be guaranteed until the necessary amount of online work is completed. Course access is valid for 12 months.

Prerequisites: Unrestricted electrical licence issued by an Australian state or territory. Electrical apprentices may enrol but will not be awarded a Statement of Attainment until they can show they have completed the prerequisite units, and will not be able to apply for their Provisional Accreditation until they have their unrestricted licence.

Outcome of successful completion: Statement of Attainment for the following Units of Competency and eligible to apply for CEC Grid-connect design and install provisional accreditation (refer to the CEC for any additional requirements).

  • UEENEEK125A: Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus and systems
  • UEENEEK135A: Design grid connected photovoltaic power supply systems
  • UEENEEK148A: Install, configure and commission LV grid connected photovoltaic power systems

Required materials: Students are supplied with the publication Grid-Connected PV Systems Design and Installation 8th Edition after enrolment at no additional cost. Students are responsible for obtaining current copies of the following Australian Standards, available for purchase from the SAI Global website or Techstreet website, and also available from some libraries, institutions and industry associations:

  • AS/NZS 5033 – Photovoltaic arrays
  • AS/NZS 4777.1 – Grid connection of energy systems via inverters
  • AS/NZS 3000 – Wiring rules
  • AS/NZS 3008.1.1 – Selection of cables Part 1.1

Students will also require the following:

  • Computer with reliable Internet connection
  • Scientific calculator
  • Email account, checked regularly

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