Accreditation pathways and training pathways

If you have questions, please contact accreditation@saaustralia.com.au.

Accreditation Type

Unrestricted Electrical License Required

Required Units of Competency

Grid Connect Photovoltaics (GCPV)

GCPV Design Only

No

UEERE0054 + UEERE0061 *
or
UEERE0011 + UEERE0022
or
VU22123 + VU22124

GCPV Installation Only

Yes

UEERE0054 + UEERE0080 + UEERE0081 *
or
UEERE0022 + UEERE0016

GCPV Design & Installation

Yes

UEERE0054 + UEERE0061 + UEERE0080 + UEERE0081 *
or
UEERE0011 + UEERE0016 + UEERE0022
or
VU22123 + VU22124 + UEENEEK125A + UEENEEK148A

Grid Connect Battery Storage (GCBS)

GCBS Design Only

No

UEERE0054 + UEERE0060 *
or
VU22124 + VU22125

GCBS Design & Installation

Yes

UEERE0054 + UEERE0060 + UEERE0078 + UEERE0077 *
or
UEERRE4001 + UEERE5001
or
VU22124 +VU22125 + UEERE0078 + UEERE0077

Stand Alone Power Systems (SPS)

SPS Design Only

No

UEERE0055 + UEERE0063 *
or
UEERRE0022 + UEERE0025 + UEERE0031 + UEERE0046
or
VU22123 + VU22124 + VU22125 + 22601VIC

SPS Design & Installation

Yes

UEERE0055 + UEERE0063 + UEERE0079 + UEERE0081 + UEERE0078 *
or
UEERE0022 + UEERE0025 + UEERE0031 + UEERE0035, UEERE0046
or
VU22123 + VU22124 + VU22125 + UEERE0016, UEERE4001 + 22601VIC + 22600VIC

*Units in bold represent the most current training pathway, released by the Australian Industry Skills Commission (AISC) in December 2022.

PV system knowledge – Units of competency

Unit

Description

UEERE0054

Conduct site survey for grid-connected photovoltaic and battery storage systems

UEERE0055

Conduct site survey for off-grid PV/genset systems

UEERE0060

Design grid-connected battery storage systems

UEERE0061

Design grid-connected photovoltaic power supply systems

UEERE0063

Design off-grid photovoltaic/generating set systems

UEERE0077

Install battery storage equipment to grid

UEERE0078

Install battery storage to power conversion equipment

UEERE0079

Install off-grid power conversion equipment to electrical installation

UEERE0080

Install photovoltaic power conversion equipment to grid

UEERE0081

Install photovoltaic systems to power conversion equipment

VU22123

Undertake site assessment for installation of grid-connected renewable energy generation system

VU22124

Design a grid-connected photovoltaic energy generation system to meet client requirements

Working safely at heights

Unit

Description

RIIWHS204D/E
or
CPCCCM2010A/B
or
CPCCCM1006A

Working safely at heights

Other technologies: Required Units of competency

Technology

Required units

Description

Micro-hydro

UEERE0062

 

UEERE0075

Design micro hydro systems

 

Install and maintain micro hydro energy systems to PCE

Small-scale wind

UEERE0065

 

UEERE0076

Design wind energy systems

 

Install and maintain wind energy systems to power conversion equipment

 

University-based training

Applicants must provide proof of satisfactory completion of the university modules listed below. Where a period of greater than two years has elapsed between the completion of the degree and the SAA Accreditation application date, the applicant must also provide a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from an RTO in the relevant accreditation type (date on ‘Certificate of Completion’ must be within two years of the application date). 

 

University

Accreditation type

University module / core unit

Murdoch University

SPS Design Only

ENG351 + ENG352 + ENG307 or

ENG337 + ENG338 + ENG339 or

PEN590

GCPV Design Only

ENG421 or

ENG442 (ne code post 2016)

University of NSW

SPS Design Only

SOLA4012 or

SOLA9007

GCPV Design Only

SOLA4012 or

SOLA9007

Curtin University

SPS Design Only

Renewable Energy Principles 301/603 or

ELEN3004 (v.1) /ELEN6013 (v.1) or

Renewable Energy Systems 402/604 or

ELEN4006 (v.1)

GCPV Design Only

Renewable Energy Principles 301/603 or

ELEN3004 (v.1) /ELEN6013 (v.1) or

Renewable Energy Systems 402/604 or

ELEN4006 (v.1)

Tafe NSW

GCPV Design Only

AEEGY101A

 

Proof of completion these studies in the form of a certified academic record. This academic record must be submitted as part of a normal provisional accreditation application, including all other required aspects of this application.

Electrical Engineers 

Electrical Engineers seeking Design Only Accreditation through Solar Accreditation Australia (SAA) in either Grid Connect PV (GCPV) or Stand-Alone Power Systems (SPS) are required to submit the following as part of their accreditation application:  

  1. a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from an RTO in the relevant accreditation type (date on ‘Certificate of Completion’ must be within two years of the application date) 
  2. evidence of their Electrical Engineering qualification in Australia. NOTE: This can be either the successful completion of an Electrical Engineering Degree in Australia or by mutual recognition through Engineers Australian of an Electrical Engineering Degree obtained overseas.