This short course for the renewable energy sector is for people currently working in the electrical industry who want to apply for provisional Clean Energy Council (CEC) certification – Solar Grid Connect Design Accreditation (design only). You will learn how to research, design and implement a grid connected photovoltaic (PV) system with energy storage.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Research, design and implement a grid connected photovoltaic (PV) system with energy storage
Measure solar PV panels in practical laboratory classes
Calculate energy output and monetary payback
Install, commission and maintain grid connected PV power systems
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
A microcredential certificate
Theoretical knowledge of key technologies in the renewable energy sector and a broad knowledge of Australia’s energy transition
Recognition of prior learning if you choose to continue on to study the Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Provide evidence of relevant previous studies such as a course transcript
Experience working in the industry
Attend a pre-admission interview where you will also be asked to complete a numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support
Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A PC or laptop to access study materials and complete your assessments. You can access this equipment on campus, however it is highly recommended you have your own equipment available.
You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.
Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: design officer in an engineering team, technical sales in the renewable industry and technical support in renewable energy industry
Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be eligible to apply to the Clean Energy Council (CEC) for your provisional Solar Grid-connect Design Only accreditation. This accreditation is for individuals who want to design solar systems that are connected to the grid. It is not compulsory, but is a popular pathway for people who want to enter the industry. Visit the CEC website for more information on how to apply for provisional accreditation, and how to upgrade to full accreditation.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Grid-Connected Solar PV Systems Design Accreditation does not have any pre-requisite courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 1 subject.
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