Accreditation pathways and training pathways

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

Accreditation TypeUnrestricted Electrical License RequiredRequired Units of Competency

Grid Connect Photovoltaics (GCPV)

GCPV Design OnlyNoUEERE0054 + UEERE0061 *
or
UEERE0011 + UEERE0022
or
VU22123 + VU22124
GCPV Installation OnlyYesUEERE0054 + UEERE0080 + UEERE0081 *
or
UEERE0022 + UEERE0016
GCPV Design & InstallationYesUEERE0054 + UEERE0061 + UEERE0080 + UEERE0081 *
or
UEERE0011 + UEERE0016 + UEERE0022
or
VU22123 + VU22124 + UEENEEK125A + UEENEEK148A

Grid Connect Battery Storage (GCBS)

GCBS Design OnlyNoUEERE0054 + UEERE0060 *
or
VU22124 + VU22125
GCBS Design & InstallationYesUEERE0054 + UEERE0060 + UEERE0078 + UEERE0077 *
or
UEERRE4001 + UEERE5001
or
VU22124 +VU22125 + UEERE0078 + UEERE0077

Stand Alone Power Systems (SPS)

SPS Design OnlyNoUEERE0055 + UEERE0063 *
or
UEERRE0022 + UEERE0025 + UEERE0031 + UEERE0046
or
VU22123 + VU22124 + VU22125 + 22601VIC
SPS Design & InstallationYesUEERE0055 + 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.

*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

UnitDescription
UEERE0054Conduct site survey for grid-connected photovoltaic and battery storage systems
UEERE0055Conduct site survey for off-grid PV/genset systems
UEERE0060Design grid-connected battery storage systems
UEERE0061Design grid-connected photovoltaic power supply systems
UEERE0063Design off-grid photovoltaic/generating set systems
UEERE0077Install battery storage equipment to grid
UEERE0078Install battery storage to power conversion equipment
UEERE0079Install off-grid power conversion equipment to electrical installation
UEERE0080Install photovoltaic power conversion equipment to grid
UEERE0081Install photovoltaic systems to power conversion equipment
VU22123Undertake site assessment for installation of grid-connected renewable energy generation system
VU22124Design a grid-connected photovoltaic energy generation system to meet client requirements

Working safely at heights

UnitDescription
RIIWHS204D/E or CPCCCM2012or CPCCCM2010 A/B or CPCCCM1006AWorking safely at heights

Other technologies: Required Units of competency

TechnologyRequired unitsDescription
Micro-hydroUEERE0062
UEERE0075
Design micro hydro systems
Install and maintain micro hydro energy systems to PCE
Small-scale windUEERE0065
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).

UniversityAccreditation typeUniversity module / core unit
Murdoch UniversitySPS Design OnlyENG351 + ENG352 + ENG307 or
ENG337 + ENG338 + ENG339 or
PEN590
GCPV Design OnlyENG421 or
ENG442 (ne code post 2016)
University of NSWSPS Design OnlySOLA4012 or
SOLA9007
GCPV Design OnlySOLA4012 or
SOLA9007
Curtin UniversitySPS Design OnlyRenewable Energy Principles 301/603 or
ELEN3004 (v.1) /ELEN6013 (v.1) or
Renewable Energy Systems 402/604 or
ELEN4006 (v.1)
GCPV Design OnlyRenewable Energy Principles 301/603 or
ELEN3004 (v.1) /ELEN6013 (v.1) or
Renewable Energy Systems 402/604 or
ELEN4006 (v.1)
Tafe NSWGCPV Design OnlyAEEGY101A


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.