CEC ACCREDITATION PATHWAYS

The below information shows an overview of various pathways for electricians and electrical engineers to become Clean energy council accredited designers and/or installers. Accreditation with the Clean Energy Council recognises people who have undertaken the necessary training to design and install solar, batteries and other renewable energy systems.

CEC Accreditation

Clean Energy Council – Accreditation Pathways Trade Based Training

Accreditation Type

Electrical Knowledge – Required Units of Competency*

PV System Knowledge – Required Units of Competency

Stand-alone Power System Accreditation

SPS Design

E101A, E104A, E107A

K123A, K125A, K128A, K139A

SPS Install

All units

K123A, K125A, K128A, K134A

SPS Design & Install

All units

K123A, K125A, K128A, K134A, K139A

Accreditation TypeElectrical Knowledge – Required Units of Competency*PV System Knowledge – Required Units of Competency
Grid-connect PV System Accreditation
GC DesignE101A, E104A, E107AK125A, K135A
GC InstallMust hold unrestricted electrical licenseK125A, K148A
GC Design & InstallMust hold unrestricted electrical licenseK125A, K135A, K148A

 

Electrical Knowledge – Units of Competency*

 

PV System Knowledge – Units of Competency

 

E101A

Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace

 

K123A

Carry out basic repairs to renewable energy apparatus

 

E102A

Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components

K125A

Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus

 

E104A

 

Solve problems in d.c. circuits

K128A

Solve problems in stand-alone renewable energy systems

 

E105A

Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment

K134A

Install ELV standalone photovoltaic power systems

 

E107A

Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications

K135A

Design grid connected photovoltaic power supply systems

 

E108A

Lay wiring/cabling and terminate accessories for ELV circuits

K139A

Design stand-alone renewable energy (RE) systems

 

G101A

Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits

 

K148A

Install, configure and commission LV grid connected photovoltaic power systems

*For accreditation purposes, Fully Licensed Electricians and Electrical/Electronics Engineers may provide evidence of their Electrical qualifications in place of the listed Electrical knowledge components

Endorsements – Required Units of Competency

Hybrid

K133A

Design hybrid renewable power systems

 

 

Micro-Hydro

K124A

Solve Basic problems in micro-hydro systems

K137A,

Install, set up and maintain ELV micro-hydro systems rated up to 6.4 kW

K138A

Design micro-hydro systems rated to 6.4 kW

 

Small Wind

K130A

Solve problems in wind energy conversion systems rated up to 10 kW

K131A

Design wind energy conversion systems (WECS) rated to 10 kW .

K143A

Install small wind energy conversion systems rated up to 10 kW for ELV stand-alone applications

 

Grid Connect with Storage

UEERE4002A

Install, Maintain and Fault Find Battery Storage Systems for Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems

UEERE5001A

Design Battery Storage Systems for Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems

The following process is for applicants who were students from the following universities:

 

  • Murdoch University | Bachelor of Science – Energy Studies
  • University of NSW | Bachelor of Engineering Photovoltaic and Solar Energy and Masters in Photovoltaic and Solar Energy
  • Curtin University | Master of Engineering Science (Renewable Energy Electrical Power Systems).

 

 

Murdoch University Bachelor of Science – Energy studies must show proof of satisfactory completion of the following modules to receive Provisional Accreditation – SPS Design Only:

  • PEC 152 Principle of Physics
  • PEC 390 Energy Systems
  • PEC 298 Scientific monitoring and data analysis

 

 

 

University of NSW must show proof of satisfactory completion of the following modules to receive Provisional Accreditation – SPS Design Only:

 

-     SOLA5054 / SOLA9014

 

University of NSW must show proof of satisfactory completion of the following modules to receive Provisional Accreditation – GC Design Only:

 

-     SOLA4012 / SOLA9007

 

 

Curtain University Masters graduates must show proof of satisfactory completion of the following modules to receive Provisional Accreditation – SPS & GC Design Only:

 

  • Renewable Energy Principles 603
  • Renewable Energy Systems 402

 

 

 

Students must provide proof of completion of these studies in the form of a certified academic record. This academic record must be submitted as part of a normal Provisional Accreditation application, including all other required aspects of this application.

FAQ - CEC Accreditation

The Clean Energy Council is a non for profit organisation which works on the development of the clean energy industry in Australia. CEC issues accreditations to solar and battery installers and designers and makes sure those people are skilled to undertake those kinds of jobs.  

To become a CEC accredited installer you need to :

  • Complete your Grid Connect training including those units of competency : UEENEEK125A + UEENEEK148A 
  • Apply for a provisional accreditation valid for 3 months by providing all the required documents (including : certificates, insurance, electrical licence, working at heights certificate)
  • Pass the online assessments within 30 days 
  • Do the practical assessment which consists in performing an actual installation of a system
  • Submit your assessments and pay the fees to get fully accredited. This accreditation will need to be renewed every year.

To become a CEC accredited designer you need to :

  • Complete your Grid Connect training including those units of competency : UEENEEK125A + UEENEEK135A
  • Apply for a provisional accreditation valid for 3 months by providing all the required documents (including : certificates, insurance, electrical licence, working at heights certificate)
  • Pass the online assessments within 30 days 
  • Submit your assessments and pay the fees to get fully accredited. This accreditation will need to be renewed every year.

Yes you need to be an electrician to install solar panels. If you are an electrical engineer you can design solar panels. 

No, but you won't be able to claim STCs if you are not CEC accredited. If you are looking to get a job in the solar industry having a CEC accreditation is a good thing to have. 

No they are different organisations. 

Yes

No you need to renew your accreditation

Only in Australia and New Zealand

 

Yes it is

No

You can get your CEC battery storage accreditation or endorsement after you have completed your battery training. 

  • To become a CEC accredited Battery Installer you will need to get a certificate for the following unit : UEERE5001 
  • To become a CEC accredited Battery Designer you will need to get a certificate for the following unit : UEERE4001 
  • You can then apply for a provisional accreditation and pass the CEC online assessments to get the full accreditation. For the install component you will need to install a battery system. 

CEC membership is for companies who work in the clean energy industry and want to be part of the conversations, about the sector. Options for membership range from $630 + GST to $55,500+GST per year depending on what option you choose.

You can become a CEC accredited solar retailer and show your customers that you are following the industry's best practices and that you have high standards of service. 

As of October 2020 the fees on the CEC website are as follows :

  • Provisional accreditation : $120 + GST
  • Full accreditation : $500 + GST
  • Annual renewal : $190 + GST

Visit the CEC website to know how to become a Clean Energy Council accredited installer and access information on guidelines, standards, Continuous Professional Development and more

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