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Stand Alone Power Systems Design Only

From: $1,295.00

Online Course

The GSES Stand Alone Power Systems Design Only course is a fully online course designed for engineers or those who hold equipment basic electrical units and wish to learn to design stand-alone power systems. The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge in Stand Alone Power systems in order for you to analyse information, create bespoke solutions for clients and communicate these solutions to others. Students will be expected to be highly engaged and motivated, actively designing and managing learning processes appropriate to the context. Students who successfully complete all components of the course will receive a certificate of completion equivalent to UEENEEK123A, UEENEEK125A, UEENEEK128A and UEENEEK139A. This meets the training component of the Clean Energy Council’s requirements for Stand-alone Power Systems Design Provisional Accreditation, but is not considered Nationally Recognised Training for students who have not completed the relevant VET sector prerequisite units of competency. Electricians and others who have completed the prerequisite units may enrol in the Design Only course as Nationally Recognised Training and will receive a Statement of Attainment for UEENEEK123A, UEENEEK125A, UEENEEK128A and UEENEEK139A upon completion. This course is an AQF Level 6 course and Level 5 LLN skills are recommended for successful completion.


GSES offers this Design Only course in three variants, depending on whether you have already studied grid-connected PV systems or grid-connected PV with battery storage. We strongly recommend completing our Grid-Connected PV Systems course, followed by our Grid-Connected PV with Batteries course, if you have not yet completed these courses with us or another registered training organisation. Taking this route is cheaper overall and grants an additional three units of competency – click here for more details.


SAPS Fast Track (must have already acquired the Grid-Connected PV Systems Design accreditation and Grid-Connected Battery Storage endorsement and/or successfully completed the units of competency UEENEEK135A and UEERE5001 and/or have completed the Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only and Grid-Connected PV with Batteries courses).

Cost: $1295 | Shortened online theory


SAPS GCPV Accredited (must have already acquired the Grid-Connected PV Systems Design accreditation and/or successfully completed the unit of competency UEENEEK135A and/or completed the Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only course). We recommend enrolling in the Grid-Connected PV with Batteries course rather than this variant, followed by SAPS Fast Track.

Cost: $2595 | Slightly shortened online theory


SAPS Full Course (no prior grid-connect training or accreditation). We recommend enrolling in the Grid-Connected PV Systems course rather than this variant, followed by Grid-Connected PV with Batteries and SAPS Fast Track.

Cost: $3895 | Online theory


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This fully-online course is designed for people with an electrical background who wish to further their skills by gaining an accreditation to design stand-alone power systems (not grid-connected photovoltaic systems). 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 with ongoing tutor support.


Prerequisites: 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. Note: prospective students will need to have an electrical engineering degree, electrician’s qualification or successful completion of the GSES Electrical Basics Examination in order to be recommended for CEC Design Stand-alone Power Systems Accreditation.

For the GCPV Accredited variant: As above, and additionally UEENEEK125A and UEENEEK135A or equivalents (e.g. completed Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only course).
For the Fast Track variant: As above, and additionally UEERE5001 or equivalent (e.g. completed Grid-Connected PV with Batteries Design Only course).


Outcome of successful completion: Certificate of completion equivalent to the following Units of Competency and eligible to apply for CEC Stand-alone Power Systems Design provisional accreditation (refer to the CEC for any additional requirements).

  • UEENEEK123A: Carry out basic repairs to renewable energy apparatus
  • UEENEEK125A: Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus and systems
  • UEENEEK128A: Solve problems in stand-alone renewable energy systems
  • UEENEEK139A: Design stand-alone renewable energy (RE) systems

Licensed electricians or others who can demonstrate completion of the prerequisite VET sector units of competency will receive a Statement of Attainment for the above units.


Required materials: Students are supplied with the publication Stand Alone Power Systems Edition 8 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 and also available from some libraries, institutions and industry associations:

  • AS/NZS 5033
  • AS/NZS 4777.1
  • AS/NZS 4509.1
  • AS/NZS 4509.2
  • AS/NZS 3000
  • AS/NZS 3008.1.1
  • AS/NZS 3010

Students will also require the following:

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

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