5 Days
£610(£720 inc VAT)

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. 

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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. 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. 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.

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.

Is the training realistic, I have seen may other companies 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.


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

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

Quick enquiry

If enquiring about a course , please let us know your preferred start dates.