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Installation of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic Systems (600/5175/9A)

Course Code: IPVS
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Awarding body: EMTA Awards Ltd (EAL)
  • Duration: One week (five days)
  • Course type: Part-time, Short course
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Solar - CCP - NOV'23

What's it all about?

The performance unit will enable you to demonstrate occupational competence. The unit focuses upon the occupational competence required to plan and prepare for, install (including testing and commissioning) and handover of grid connected solar photovoltaic systems with an electrical output of up to five kilowatt peak (kWp) connected to both single and three–phase installations.

City College Plymouth will provide all tools and equipment required for your training. We offer a free breakfast for all of our students and short course delegates will be given a free lunch voucher to use in our Food Court.

Course information

This qualification will allow you to acquire underpinning knowledge and related skills for the installation of small scale solar photovoltaic systems. 

Summary of Learning Outcomes 
1. Plan and prepare for the installation of a solar photovoltaic system 
2. Install solar photovoltaic system components 
3. Inspect and test a new solar photovoltaic system installation 
4. Commission a new solar photovoltaic system installation 
5. Handover a new solar photovoltaic system installation

You must be at least 16 years of age and have an N/SVQ 3 in Electrical
Installation (Buildings and Structures) or equivalent earlier certification that
provides evidence of competence. 

In addition, if not included in the above,
current certification of BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations. 
Delegates should bring with them a copy of the Code of Practice for Grid-connected Solar Photovoltaic Systems, 2nd Edition. We strongly recommend reading this code of practice before attending the course. 

You will be assessed by a mixture of an open book on-screen exam, and
practical assessment. 

On successful completion you may wish to progress to another electrical course at the College, such as Inspection and TestingBattery Storage or Electric Vehicle Charging.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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