Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only – non-NRT


This course is for students who wish to enrol in the non-Nationally Recognised Training version of the Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only course. Students who live outside of Australia may complete this course if they are not eligible to enrol in the Nationally Recognised Training course. Email us at if you have any questions prior to enrolment.

This course does not lead to Clean Energy Council accreditation. Students who intend to apply for Clean Energy Council accreditation should enrol in the Nationally Recognised Training Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only course instead, including completing the relevant prerequisites.

Please read the Course Information and Policies prior to enrolling.


This course is designed for those who have an interest in learning to design grid-connected PV systems for self-development, and who are not interested in gaining a nationally recognised training outcome nor applying for Clean Energy Council accreditation.

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.

The course assumes a basic level of competence in electrical design, such as skills and knowledge attained in university-level electrical engineering subjects, or core units of competency included in the electrician qualification.

Course Outline

This course covers the following theory topics:

  • Introduction to Grid-Connected PV Systems
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • DC Electricity
  • Solar Radiation
  • PV Cells
  • AC Electricity
  • PV Modules
  • Inverters
  • PV Mounting Systems
  • Balance of System Equipment
  • Energy Analysis
  • Site Survey
  • Matching Array and Inverter
  • System Protection
  • Cable Design
  • System Efficiency and Yield
  • Preparing for the Installation
  • System Installation
  • System Commissioning
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Economics of a Grid-Connected System
  • Commercial and Utility Scale PV Systems
  • Introduction to Grid-Connected Battery Storage Systems

Most topics contain learning material, exercises, and an assessment quiz. There are also some Site Survey reports to complete, a Final Exam, and a Design Task where you design two grid-connected PV systems for provided sites.

Training Outcome

Students who successfully complete all course assessments will receive a certificate of completion stating they have completed the GSES Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only course.

Materials and Equipment

Students are supplied with the publication Grid-Connected PV Systems Design and Installation 8th Edition as part of enrolment; the cost of the publication and shipping is included in the course price. 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 a reliable Internet connection
  • Scientific calculator
  • Email account, checked regularly
Delivery Method and Duration

This course is delivered online at students’ own pace. The course is nominally 90 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.

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.
  • 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.
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