Short Courses

Grid Connected PV Systems - Design

Keep up to date with the Australian standards for designing grid connected solar power systems.

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Keep up to date with the Australian standards for designing grid connected solar power systems.

As newer technology leads to improvements in efficiency and less expense for consumers, solar becomes a more viable source of energy to fossil fuels.

This course provides you with a sound understanding of the system components for a grid connected photovoltaic system, how to combine these components and ensure that the installation of the system equipment meets Australian standards. In addition, the course covers system output optimisation, how to assess a potential installation site, solar radiation and system economics.

After completing this course, you can apply for the Design of Grid-Connect PV Systems Accreditation from the Clean Energy Council. (As an applicant, you’ll need to also provide proof that you have completed the equivalent of 'electrical basics' at university or a similar level.)

The course is delivered online and takes approximately 60 hours to complete. After registering online, access will be provided to the online teaching material. Participants can complete the course at their own pace and will be granted access into the course for a total of 12 months upon enrolment. Tutors are available for additional help either by phone, email or in person.

This online course is delivered by EEA education partner Global Sustainable Energy Solutions, an Australian leader in renewable energy engineering, training and consultancy specialising in photovoltaic technology.




60 hours
Location & dates

1 January - 31 December

Additional Information

Enrolments for this course are managed by Global Sustainable Energy Solutions.

Click on the button above to start your enrolment or enquire about the course.

This course is not eligible for the Engineers Australia member discount.

Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course is for you if you are the member of an engineering team involved in the design of grid-connected photovoltaic systems.

It will be particularly useful for electrical engineers, electronics engineers or any other engineers who have completed electrical basics studies.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

  • Electrical basics
  • Solar radiation
  • PV cells
  • Connecting to the grid
  • PV modules
  • Inverters
  • Mounting systems
  • Balance of system equipment
  • Energy efficiency
  • Site assessment
  • Matching array and inverters
  • System protection
  • Cable sizing
  • Losses and system yield
  • System installation
  • Commissioning, maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Economics
  • Large-scale PV systems
  • Assessments

Participants will be required to complete a full design task and final exam using all of the knowledge learned throughout this course. There will also be quizzes from every topic that must be completed in full.

Towards chartered

Towards chartered

This training course builds skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

6. Identify, assess and manage risks
12. Advanced engineering knowledge
13. Local engineering knowledge
14. Problem analysis
15. Creativity and innovation
16. Evaluation

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency, it provides participants with the underpinning knowledge required to develop specific Chartered competencies.

Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES)

Participants 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.

  • AS/NZS 5033 – Photovoltaic arrays
  • AS/NZS 4777.1 – Grid connection of energy systems via inverters
  • AS/NZS 3000 – Wiring rules
  • AS/NZS 3008.1.1 – Selection of cables Part 1.1

You'll also be supplied with the publication: Grid-Connected PV Systems Design and Installation 8th Edition after enrolment at no additional cost*.

*Please note, if you are located outside of Australia there will be additional fees for shipping of the course handbook. GSES will contact you directly regarding this amount and payment options for this.

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