Training Courses

Solar PV Technician Qualification

The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC), with the support of the Green Cape and SAPVIA, has developed the Solar PV technician qualification (SPTQ). The formal Solar Photovoltaic Technician (SPVT) qualification was approved by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations) on 25 August 2016 and has been submitted to SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority). As soon as the SAQA administration process concludes, the qualification will exist formally in the national quality framework and serve as the benchmark for professionals in the industry.
Duration: 18 Months (matriculant)

Course Outline:

  • PV system design
  • Health and safety
  • PV installation and wiring
  • Inverters
  • Roof types and mounting
  • Shading analysis

Main Requirements:

  • Artisan qualification in any of the following electrical/ mechanical trades
    – NQF level 4 qualification electro-mechanics
    – NQF level 4 qualification electrical
    – NQF level 4 qualification Mechatronics
  • Or a national diploma in mechanical engineering, mechatronics or electrical engineering-subject to RPL
  • A high level of fitness and good health
  • Ability to work at height

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PV assessment programme

The PV assessment programme, which is currently still under development, will be a voluntary assessment programme that will roll out nationally and function as a quality control mechanism for installers. Installers will be able to benchmark their knowledge and identify any short falls, if any, and subsequently be able to address these via the approved short course programme.

For more information, please contact Niveshen Govender:

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