Why take the BPEC Solar PV Installers Course?

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. It is recognised by MCS and will support your application to become MCS registered.

This 5 day solar PV installation and maintenance course offers more hands on training of actual installation 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.

Course snapshot: Mix of theory and practical training in solar installation covering both installation and maintenance.   

Course overview

Why take this course?

The renewable energy market is growing fast. If you want to get ahead in this growing industry then this BPEC Solar PV Course is the one for you. This course doesn’t just cover the theory you will also get hands on experience of fitting solar PV equipment.

Due to 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.  It is recognised by MCS and will support your application to become MCS registered.

Is this BPEC Solar PV course for me?

You must have passed your 18th Edition course 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.

This course is designed to give you the necessary skills for basic design, installation, commission and servicing of Solar PV systems. Please note that the course still covers the Feed In Tariffs as almost every existing installation you will come across in the UK will be connected to the grid.

Course Content

Our 5 Day Bpec PV Course covers the following:

This 5 Day course is focussed on UK based grid connected systems. 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

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.

Course Books

No books are required on this course.

Frequently asked questions

What experience do I need?

We expect people to be domestic installers and hold the qualifications such as the 18th 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.

Does this qualification expire?

This qualification needs to be renewed every five years.

Our locations

As well as the having multiple large sites, we also have a number of sites dedicated to delivering the 18th edition wiring regulations & PAT Testing courses.

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Our Mitre Court and Royce Road Facilities are just 2 minutes south of Gatwick Airport and are easily accessible by car, bus and train. They are comfortable, light and airey environments in which students can learn a wide range of practical and theory based skills.

Mitre Court, Fleming Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9JY
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