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
Email account, checked regularly