Solar Installation for Designers


Solar installation for designers is an introductory level, hands-on 1-day course located in Western Sydney. This allows designers to learn solar installations without needing a working at heights certificate or electrical license. Please note this is NOT an accreditation course.

Please contact GSES staff for the next date available.

Note: This course is subject to minimum numbers, GSES will give appropriate notice to any changes.

Is this course for me?
This is ideal for engineers, CEC accredited designers, or those with basic electrical training wanting to excel in their field. Graduate Engineers looking to land their first job will stand out with this training. This course will allow you to understand everything solar installers will do with your designs. A complete skillset of grid-connected solar design and installation is essential to advancing your career. We assume students will have prior solar design knowledge similar to our GCPV Design course

What will I learn?

This is a non-accredited training course to allow participants to experience a real installation safely. You will be trained by a CEC accredited, licensed electrician with many years of experience in the solar industry.

The day starts with a short introduction & site considerations. Next, you will complete two full installations of de-energized solar systems on two types of roofs. Finally, a Q&A session will finish the course. Please view the dropdown for detailed course contents.

Where is the course located?

Our training centre is located at 122 Hume Highway, Chullora, NSW.


Recommended Knowledge

  • Familiarity with Work Health and Safety
  • Familiarity with grid-connected PV system design
  • Familiarity of standards such as AS/NZS 5033, AS/NZS 4777.1 and AS/NZS 3000 for discussion
  • Alternatively you can enrol in GSES Grid-Connected PV Systems Design Only course then participate in this extension course.
Course Outline

Topics Covered:

  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Knowledge Gap Discussion
  • Roof Preparation
    • Roofing Type (Tin + Tile)
    • Rafter/ Purlin locations
    • Feet spacing
    • Waterproofing
    • WEEB washers
    • Cables Ties
  • Balance of System
    • Connectors
    • Connecting Genuine MC4 vs imitations
    • Cable Lugs
    • DC Isolator Wiring
    • Cable Management
    • Protection Devices
  • Power Conversion Equipment
    • Commissioning an Inverter
    • Troubleshooting
  • Switchboard
    • Switchgear installation
  • Question & Answer Session
Materials and Equipment

Students will use a variety of onsite tools including:

  • Wire Strippers
  • Cable Crimpers
  • Allen Keys
  • Angle Grinders
  • Heat Guns
Delivery Method and Duration

The bulk of the course is performed on de-energised (not live) system components. Any Low Voltage electrical installation work will be done by a licensed electrician.

Timetable for Solar Installation for Designers course

Bulk Enrolments for Companies

This course runs with 8 to 12 students. Companies can book a private session on this course with the option of focusing on specific topics that are relevant to the work of the group.

Bulk enrolments for groups of 6 or more are eligible for a discount.

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While there are no formal prerequisites for the course, we advise you to have;

Recommended knowledge

Familiarity with Work Health and Safety
The course will provide a site relevant overview

Knowledge of basic electrical units
This will not be taught in the course

Familiarity of standards such as AS/NZS 5033:2014
This will be discussed during the installation, but not taught.

Alternatively you can enrol in GSES GCPV Design Only course then participate in this extension course.

NOTE: The bulk of the practical installation is performed on de-energised (not live) system components. As this will ultimately be an energised system, any Low Voltage electrical installation work can only be done by a licensed electrician, however once Low Voltage electrical work is complete, non-electricians will then participate in the remainder of the practical training.

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