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This BPEC course gives you plenty of practical ‘on the roof’ training in order to provide you with hands on, practical experience of installing solar PV equipment.

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BPEC have an established record of delivering quality courses in the building trade and their Solar PV course is no exception. This course is ideal for electricians and domestic installers looking to up skill and provide services to the growing renewable energy sector. 

This 5 day solar PV installation and maintenance course offers more hands on training of actual installation in a realistic setting than most other BPEC courses. As such you will leave our centre confident in your ability to design and install solar PV. Find out more below.


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Why take this course?

The renewable energy market is growing fast. Top of the skills list in demand at present is the ability to install solar PV equipment. If you want to get ahead in this growing industry then this BPEC Solar PV Course is the one for you.

We are the first and only electrical training company to carry out the working at height training at height on our specially designed buildings incorporating real roofs. As part of this course you will be using ginn wheels, pulleys and working on real scaffolding. This course doesn’t just cover the theory you will also get hands on experience of fitting solar PV equipment.

Due to recent changes in the qualification the BPEC Solar qualification has been upgraded to a Level 3 on the QCF Framework from November 2012. From this date the 5 days contains the additional assessments and upgrades to the qualification.

Should you wish to gain MCS accreditation then you will need to attend the One day NICEIC Health & Safety Qualification.

Is this BPEC Solar PV course for me?

You must have passed your 17th Edition wiring regs and will be required to supply a copy of your certificate on the first day of the course.

You will be Part P registered or already have the ability to work to the standard required to join a competent person’s scheme or can provide evidence of Inspection and Testing. Candidates must be over 18 years old.

What’s Included?

With this Trade Skills 4U course you will receive 1 extra days training compared to the normal 4 day BPEC course. The extra day allows for hands on, practical experience of installing solar PV equipment and testing live rigs in the centre. We will deliver the theory and technical guidance as you work with the relevant equipment in your hands on our specially designed training roof.

This course is designed to give you the necessary skills for basic design, installation, commission and servicing of Solar PV systems. It will also deliver two certificates of competence to individuals who wish to apply to join the MCS Installer Scheme. Please note that the course covers the Feed In Tariffs as almost every installation you will come across in the UK will be connected to the grid.

MCS Accreditation info

Please note: If you are a sole trader/contractor it is required that you own a Quality Management System to adhere to the Micro-generation Standard MCS001 in order to obtain MCS accreditation and obtain the Feed In Tariffs. 

If you do not intend to register for MCS accreditation (i.e. you are training to work for and an employer who already has the accreditation), you are able to work as a PV installer under their accreditation.

Please call one of our course advisors on 01293 529777 or book online today.


Our 5 Day Bpec PV Course covers the following:

This 5 Day course is focussed on UK based grid connected systems. We are the first and only electrical training company to carry out the working at height training at height on our specially designed buildings incorporating real roofs. As part of this course you will be using ginn wheels, pulleys and working on real scaffolding. During the classroom based sessions you will cover the following:

Photovoltaic Panels in context of Renewable Technologies

How a Photovoltaic System Works – Principles and Components

Design of a PV System

Installation of a PV System

Commissioning and Client Hand-Over

Maintenance and Fault Finding

You will also spend a day on the tiles where you will get rigged up and practice the actual physical act of installing solar panels. This will take place on a realistic roof where you will learn to lift the heavy panels using specialist equipment, attach them to the roof and also remove them again. We also have a number of demo roofs which we will use to show you how roofs are made up and the different ways to break through them. We even have a slate roof for you to check out!

On the last day of the course you will take your assessments. This will involve connecting up real solar panels to live inverters in our centre and ensuring they are all working correctly.

Key practical skills learnt and assessed will be:

How to plan and prepare for installation

How to install the roof array

How to install cabling, inverter and AC supply

Schedule of inspections

PV array tests

Commission the system including; electrical installation certs, schedule of test results, DNO notification, Handover system

Fault finding and rectification

Exams & Qualifications

The assessments for the training course consists of a multi-choice question paper and a short written answer paper and a practical assessment job sheet.

The time allocated to each are as follows:

2 x Multi-choice question Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes

Short Written Paper 2: 1 hour

Practical Assessment: 3 hours

Please note that you must bring photographic ID such as a passport or driving license with you in order to sit the assessments on this course.


“Enjoyed the course, learnt a lot” Graham Deakin Bpec PV 13/12/13

“ The course has been brilliant” Daniel Potts Solar PV 04/10/13

“Mark was a very professional tutor, he knows everything with regards to solar pv and electrical installations. Top man” Simon Collins Solar PV 04/10/13

"Excellent additional information available on the moodle site. thoroughly enjoyed the course." Stuart 16/03/2015

"All questions asked were answered well by the tutor. Some information was over and above course content which was extremely useful." Mark 10/06/2016

Text books required:

None. All course materials will be supplied.


What experience do I need ?

We expect people to be domestic installers and hold the qualifications such as the 17th edition and 2392.

What is the difference between the BPEC and City and Guilds solar course ?

The BPEC course is designed for domestic installers only.

Is the training realistic, I have seen may other companys using cheap ground rigs?

We have one of the best if not the best training rig in the country, all our training is as realistic as you are going to find.

Does this qualification expire?

This qualification needs to be renewed every five years


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