QQI Domestic Solar Photovoltaic Course

Funding Available


QQI Level 6 Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation (6N0306)

Duration: 3 days Online live interactive course through zoom
Dates: July 2024 – 8th, 9th and 10th
Time: 9am – 5pm
Cost: €599*
*Cost includes 40% funding (terms and conditions apply)
40% funding available*

QQI Level 6 Electrical Installation and Commissioning of Micro Generators (6N0307)

Duration: 3 days Online live interactive course through zoom
Dates: July 2024 – 15th, 16th and 17th
Time: 9am to 5pm
Cost: €599*
*Cost includes 40% funding (terms and conditions apply)
40% funding available*

Practical day:

July 2024 – Monday 22nd or Tuesday 23rd

Exam Date:

July 2024 – Wednesday 24th July

QQI Domestic Solar PV Course

Will this course qualify me to register with SEAI?

Becoming a SEAI registered installer for Solar pv

The above courses will qualify you to register with SEAI as an approved contractor for Solar PV grants. These courses also meet the Dept of Agriculture requirement for contractors to register on TAMS Solar PV installers register.

What is a Domestic Solar PV System

SEAI  webpage states a domestic solar PV system is as follows:

“A domestic solar PV system consists of a number of solar panels mounted tosolar pv your roof (or in your garden) and connected into the electrical loads within your building. The solar panels generate DC (direct current – like a battery) electricity, which is then converted in an inverter to AC (alternating current – like the electricity in your domestic socket). Solar PV systems are rated in kilowatts (kW). A 1kW solar PV system would require 3 or 4 solar panels on your roof.

Any excess electricity produced can be stored in a battery, or other storage solution like your hot water immersion tank. It can also be exported from your house into the electrical network on your street.”

SEAI Solar PV Grant

On Tuesday the 31st July 2018, SEAI launched a grant of up to €3,800 to support the installation of Solar PV panels and battery energy storage systems.

This grant is available to all dwellings constructed and occupied prior to 2011. If a homeowner is eligible for the Solar PV grant, an SEAI registered PV installer must be used.

Grant Amount

€700 per installed KWP, to a maximum of 4 KWP.

€1000 battery storage system, any installation over 2kWp must install a battery.

Becoming a SEAI Registered Installers for Solar PV

Contractors must successfully complete both the QQI Level 6 Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation (6N0306) and QQI Level 6 Electrical Installation and Commissioning of Micro Generators Award (6N0307) courses.

Contractors are required to complete the contractor registration form, sign code of practice, submit proof of tax clearance cert and provide proof of insurance.

All documentation must be submitted directly to SEAI.

Our course trainer Toddy Byrne is one of the foremost experts on Solar Photovoltaic technology in Ireland today. His company Southern Wind and Solar has supplied and installed Solar PV systems nationwide to private and commercial customers along with public sector organisations. Toddy was a also a member of the standards development committee for the development of this QQI accredited course.

Domestic Solar Photovoltaic systems can be financially attractive projects for many electricity consumers due to the systems ability to significantly reduce electricity costs, e.g. a typical domestic Solar PV system can produce 50% of the annual electricity consumption of an Irish home. Furthermore, any surplus electricity generated by the Solar PV system may be exported back to the Grid, thus creating an additional income stream for the consumer.

solar pv courseTherefore the Department of Energy sees PV systems as an essential part of Government energy policy.

In order to optimise the full benefits that can be derived from a domestic Solar PV system, it is essential that the system is installed by a competent individual. Consequently, Chevron College delivers Solar PV training programmes which aim to impart learners with the appropriate knowledge and skills to competently install domestic Solar PV systems. These programmes examine both the Implementation of Micro Scale Solar PV Systems and the Electrical Installation and Commissioning of Microgenerators. These courses will be accredited by QQI.

It is essential that candidates participating on the Electrical Installation and Commissioning of Microgenerators course will have obtained the appropriate qualifications related to electrical installation, knowledge of the IEE Wiring Regulations and inspection and testing.

Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation

The purpose of this award is to equip you with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to implement micro scale solar photo-voltaic (p-v) projects, up to 11 kilowatt, according to the applicable standards, legislation, guidelines, and manufacturer’s specifications, whilst working autonomously.


Micro-Generator Electrical Installation

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to perform electrical installation, connection, testing and commissioning of microgenerators with type-approved network interfaces in accordance with applicable standards, legislation, manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines, whilst working autonomously.

Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation

Minimum Level 5 Certificate – relevant life or work experience may also be accepted.

Micro-Generator Electrical Installation

Minimum Level 6  Electrical Trade Certificate.

Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation

The course will cater for a variety of adult learners with a minimum Level 5 Certificate/ Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education. You should have previously have completed a relevant Level 5 award.


Micro-Generator Electrical Installation

Learners who successfully achieve this award will be expected to perform “controlled works”, such as connecting generators to the national electricity network. To perform controlled works, they must be registered electrical contractors with RECI (Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland).

Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation

Learner will receive QQI level 6 minor awards in the following: Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation 6N0306.


Micro-Generator Electrical Installation

Learner will receive QQI level 6 minor awards in the following: Electrical Installation and Commissioning of Micro Generators 6N0307.

On successfully completion of both awards learners meet the qualifications requirements for SEAI’s register for PV installers

Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation

This is a 4 day, 9am-5pm, programme. The course will involve theory and practical work. On completion you will be able to:

  • Describe the main p-v cell technologies including the characteristics, configurations, and components of solar p-v systems
  • Describe factors affecting solar p-v output to include tilt, orientation, over shading and p-v module mismatch
  • Describe the relationship between rated output at standard test conditions and actual output in use
  • Summarise the planning requirements for solar p-v installations including any possible exemptions
  • Summarise relevant legislation, standards and regulation to include CE marking and New Approach 2 directives, product testing and certification standards and building regulations
  • Describe maintenance requirements for solar p-v systems to include cleaning, checking torque of fixing bolts and visual inspection of array integrity and electrical connections
  • Propose an appropriate mounting technique based on aerodynamic and static load considerations
  • Describe the potential hazards and mitigating action associated with solar p-v operation to include electrical hazards, “always live” systems, labeling and signage requirements and fixing of panels
  • Describe the relevant health and safety requirements for installation to include working at height, securing ladders, safety requirements for scaffolds, guard rails and personal safety equipment
  • Describe the recommended installation sequence for solar p-v systems identifying relevant standards and guidelines applicable to each phase of installation
  • Outline the main considerations for roof-mounted solar p-v systems including roof types, construction, loading, integrity and weather proofing
  • Assess roof loading and load bearing capacity and recommend suitable mounting and weather sealing techniques
  • Use the recommended tools for deploying all required solar p-v system components in accordance with manufacturer’s specification
  • Carry out a feasibility study for solar p-v system to include a resource assessment and economic evaluation
  • Generate a design layout for a solar p-v system to include a specification of array location, mounting techniques, cable runs and inverter location
  • Assess the conformance of a solar p-v system in accordance with standards for module fixings, fixing of the array, weather proofing, and integrity of the array
  • Test a solar p-v installation to include normal shutdown, emergency shutdown, and power control against solar intensity


Micro-Generator Electrical Installation

This is a 4 day, 9am-5pm, programme. The course will involve theory and practical work. On completion you will be able to:

  • Describe key characteristics of micro-generation systems including the major components and system layout of wind, solar p-v (photo-voltaic), hydro- and micro-CHP (combined heat and power) systems
  • Identify the characteristics of generator types to include permanent magnet, induction, synchronous and asynchronous
  • Describe solar p-v module types and arrays to include current-voltage characteristics, open circuit voltage, short circuit current, maximum power current and voltage
  • Describe wind turbine types to include variable voltage and frequency output
  • Describe output controls on wind generator to include dump loads and electrical braking
  • Summarise the requirements for electrical works with respect to applicable regulations, certification, and national rules for electrical installation
  • Summarise relevant product requirements including those relating to European conformity CE marking, and testing and certification standards
  • Identify hazards associated with micro-generation installations to include “always live” systems, leakage current detection, earthing and lightning protection systems and isolation devices, proposing suitable mitigation measures
  • Describe network connection requirements including the network connection application process
  • Summarise appropriate signage and labeling requirements as per the National Rules for Electrical Installations to include identification of cable locations and “always live” systems.
  • Justify the selection of a suitable battery system based on sizing and safety requirements as per IS EN 50272-2
  • Calculate recommended minimum capacities for electrical components including voltage and current ratings for direct current plugs, connectors and switches, and cable capacity based on size
  • Program inverters with generator power curves in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and set-up instructions
  • Commission a solar p-v system completing all required electrical testing
  • Commission a simulated rotating generator system completing all required electrical testing
  • Identify faults in solar p-v and rotating generator systems using test and measurement equipment.

Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation

Assignment 40%

Examination – Theory 40%

Skills Demonstration 20%


Micro-Generator Electrical Installation

Examination – Theory 70%

Skills Demonstration 30%

Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation

You are not required to obtain formal work placement for this award


Micro-Generator Electrical Installation

You are not required to obtain formal work placement for this award

Recognition of prior learning can only by sought if the learner is working towards a major award.

Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation

Solar PV system installation. Progression to Further Education.  Progression to 3rd Level education.


Micro-Generator Electrical Installation

Electrical installation and commission on micro solar PV, hydro and wind. Progression to Further Education.  Progression to 3rd Level education.

You can progress to a relevant level 6 major award  on the National Framework of Qualifications.

In compliance with Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 Part 6, where Chevron College offers training programmes of 3 months duration or more, Learner Protection cover is in place via a relevant financial product, should Chevron College cease to provide QQI programmes before learners have completed awards.

4,078 installations were carried out in 2021, with the SEAI, up to February this year, having supported the installation of Solar PV for 9,674 homes. Applications for solar grants by domestic households in Ireland increased by 300% in Q1 2022 versus the same period last year. 4,926 installations have been supported so for this year by the SEAI.


Solar panels can now save homeowners more than €24,000

Homeowners who add solar panels to their homes can now cover the cost of the work in seven years – and they can make net savings of more than €24,000 over 25 years after installation costs, a new survey reveals.

The Irish Independent Swyft Energy Solar PV Index shows that a standard 12-panel system can completely pay for itself in seven years.

The repayment period has dropped by almost half – it was 12 years in 2021.

Experts said this was due to the fact that average Irish electricity market prices are 53pc higher than in 2021. The removal of Vat on solar panel installation has also meant the pay-back time has reduced.

Chief executive of Swyft Energy, Adrian Casey, said: “The figures show that, on average, Irish householders could make net savings of €24,327 over the next 25 years by installing solar PV (photovoltaic) panels now.

solar pv

Business Grants Improved For Solar Panels

Ministers Eamon Ryan and Simon Coveney have announced enhanced supports for businesses purchasing solar panels through the Solar PV Scheme.

Improved funding ranges from €2,700 to up to €162,600 to support an even wider range of businesses to switch to solar.

This will typically support 20-30% of the investment cost, reducing payback to five years, according to the ministers.

The government approved amendments to the existing non-domestic microgeneration scheme to extend supports to a wider range of businesses and non-domestic applicants.

This will be done through tiered grant supports for solar PV – for installation sizes greater than 6 kWp up to 1,000 kWp (1 MW) capacity.

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