QQI Domestic Solar Photovoltaic Course

QQI Domestic Solar PV Course

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

Date Location Duration Cost
 1st October 2018 Dublin 4 Days €795


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


Date Location Duration Cost
 TBC Dublin 4 Days €795

Accreditation: QQI Level 6 & SEAI Listed Course

Chevron Training is Ireland’s largest renewable energy training provider and the 1st provider to be approved to deliver the new QQI level 6 Solar Photovoltaic installer training course.

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 Training, Ireland’s leading training provider, 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.

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.

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

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.

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

Learners 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, overshading 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
  • Assignment 40%
  • Examination – Theory 40%
  • Skills Demonstration 20%

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.

Solar PV system installation. 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 Training and Recruitment Ltd. offers training programmes of 3 months duration or more, Learner Protection cover is in place via a relevant financial product, should Chevron Training & Recruitment Ltd cease to provide QQI programmes before learners have completed awards.

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