Advances in solar power generation is driving increasing demand for skills in this area. By understanding how solar systems work, you'll be able to choose and maintain a system to meet the needs of a home or business.
In this self-paced online course, you'll learn about on-grid PV systems. You'll review the latest solar technology, equipment and installation practices.
Using practical tasks and quizzes, you'll cover:
- how each component of a PV system works
- how to design and cost a system
- what to consider for installation
- ongoing solar system safety, operation and maintenance
- how to work safely around a PV system
You'll also learn how to choose a solar retail company or recommend a system.
At the end of this course, you'll apply your understanding of the different solar technologies to choose the right system to meet the site's needs. You'll also be able to estimate the system's performance, costs and potential savings.
1 January - 31 December
Once you register, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online platform to start this course.
- How solar power systems are designed and installed
- Solar system components and their functionalities
- Solar technologies and their efficiencies
- How to estimate system performance output, costs, and greenhouse gas savings
- Maintenance requirements for solar power systems
- Safety procedures for working on sites with solar power systems
Is this course for you?
This course suits professionals in the solar industry, including:
- sales professionals
It also suits homeowners or business owners who have, or are about to install, a solar PV system.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Topics we'll cover
Understanding photovoltaic (PV) systems
- Solar power and PV systems
- Solar resource theory
- Photovoltaic modules
- Grid-connected inverters
- Balance of system equipment
Planning and installing a grid-connected PV system
- System expectations
- Site assessment
- Introduction to energy efficiency
- Economics of a PV system
- Choosing a solar retailer
Owning and maintaining a PV system
- The shutdown procedure
- Monitoring system output
- Maintaining the system
- Is my system working?
- Working safely around PV systems
Fernanda Oliveira is an engineer and trainer with Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES)—a leading Australian education and training provider in renewable energy innovation.
Fernanda delivers face-to-face and online courses about renewable energy across Australia and the Solomon Islands. She has also developed several international solar courses.
Drawing on her experience in renewable energy engineering, Fernanda's courses bring you the latest thinking on solar design, technology and operation. Her enthusiasm for clean, sustainable energy shines through her teaching.
This course is delivered through EEA Online, our digital learning platform.
You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks and learning checks.
It will take approximately eight hours to complete. As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.
Once you register for the course, you have 90 days to complete it.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of your achievement. Learn more about Engineering Education Australia’s digital badges including how to claim and share on our Frequently asked questions page.
This also counts towards the number of Engineers Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours you can claim.
EEA Online access
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The course provided good overall knowledge and the material was easy to understand. I liked learning via the quizzes, the practical examples including photos of real installations, and reference material for the future.