Site Survey for Stand Alone Power Systems


The Site Survey for Stand Alone Power Systems is a comprehensive short course designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to conduct effective solar site surveys for Stand Alone Power Systems (SAPS). This course is tailored for professionals in the renewable energy industry, including engineers, technicians, and project managers, who are involved in the planning and implementation of solar energy projects. This course covers the Nationally Recognised Training unit of competency UEERE0055 Conduct Site Survey for Off-Grid Photovoltaic/Generating Set Systems.

During the course, participants will delve into the key principles and practices of site surveying, focusing on the specific requirements of Stand Alone Power Systems. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including load analysis, solar irradiance assessment, shading analysis, system sizing, and different equipment integration considerations.

This unit of competency is included withing the Stand Alone Power Systems accreditation courses. If you are enrolling in one of our Design & Install, Design Only or Install Only courses, do not enrol separately into this course – it will be added automatically to your order at no cost.

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 unit of competency UEERE0055 Conduct Site Survey for Off-Grid Photovoltaic/Generating Set Systems.

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


This course does not have any formal prerequisites, although it’s still beneficial to have the following skills:

Recommended Prerequisites:

  1. Basic Understanding of Renewable Energy: While not mandatory, a foundational knowledge of renewable energy concepts, including solar power generation and energy storage, can help participants grasp the course content more effectively.
  2. Background in Engineering or Related Field: Participants with a background in engineering, physics, environmental science, or a related field may find it easier to comprehend the technical aspects covered in the course.
  3. Familiarity with Electrical Concepts: An understanding of basic electrical concepts, such as voltage, current, resistance, and circuit diagrams, can be advantageous when discussing solar system components and connections.
  4. Mathematics Proficiency: Basic maths skills, including algebra and geometry, are useful for calculations related to system sizing, energy production estimations, and orientation optimization.
  5. Computer Literacy: Participants should be comfortable using computers, browsing the internet, and interacting with online learning platforms. This ensures a smooth experience while accessing course materials and engaging in discussions.
  6. Critical Thinking Skills: Problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically are essential for analysing site conditions, identifying shading issues, and making informed decisions during the site survey process.

Who Should Enrol:

This course is designed for professionals and enthusiasts interested in advancing their knowledge of solar energy and site surveying techniques for stand alone power systems. Individuals working in renewable energy, electrical engineering, project management, or related fields will find this course beneficial for enhancing their skill set.

Training Outcome

Successful completion of this Grid-Connected Site Survey course will result in the award of a Statement of Attainment in the current version of the following Unit of Competency:

  • UEERE0055: Conduct Site Survey for Off-Grid Photovoltaic/Generating Set Systems

By completing the Site Survey for Stand Alone Power Systems course, participants will emerge with a well-rounded understanding of solar site surveying principles, enabling them to contribute effectively to the successful planning and execution of stand alone power systems.

Materials and Equipment

Students will require the following:

  • Computer with reliable Internet connection
  • Scientific calculator
  • A regularly monitored email account for registration purposes
Delivery Method and Duration

This course is delivered online at students’ own pace. The course is nominally 40 hours of training, including the online assessments and site survey reports, 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.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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 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.

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) 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 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 refund.
  • 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.
Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

For more information on our Recognition of Prior Learning policy, please see the Course Information and Policies section 4.

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