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 or Techstreet website, and also available from some libraries, institutions and industry associations:
Students will also require the following:
Computer with reliable Internet connection
Email account, checked regularly