Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Systems (Part-Time)

Course Overview

This course is ideal for electricians and domestic installers looking to up skill and provide services to the growing renewable energy sector. If you are registered with a competent person scheme it will support your application to become MCS registered.

This 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.
This course is focused 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 center 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

  • Entry Requirements

    Trainees should hold a formal craft qualification e.g. N/SVQ 3 in Electrical Installation (Buildings and Structures) or equivalent earlier certification that includes Inspection & Testing or a recognised Part P competence certification that includes Inspection & Testing. Trainees MUST also hold a BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (18th Edition) qualification.

    You will be required to provide evidence on the first day of the course as so please ensure you bring all of your qualification certificates and any evidence of membership such as Gold card or Part P Scheme Membership.

  • Summary of Outcomes

    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.

  • Course Modules

    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
    Control and power requirements
    System commissioning and handover to client

  • Method of Assessment

    Assessments normally consist of a combination of practical and theory examinations.
    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

    Recognised as a demonstration of competence for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).


Locations across wales or in-house at your business

Course length



£0 – funding available, subject to eligibility