Learn how to become a solar installer

Find your course

Different people need different training. GREEN has a course that matches your requirements and gives you the knowledge you need; let us help you find it! Choose one of the questions below to proceed:

Do you have the basics and are you looking for advanced training now?

We offer advanced-level training in solar design, installation and finance for those who already have a solid foundation in solar energy. Click here to view your options.

Do you have electrical pre-knowledge or experience with PV?

Do you already know which course you want to attend? Click here to view all upcoming trainings. If you need advice on where to begin, follow the prompts below:

Do you want to get the PV GreenCard qualification?

YES
NOT SURE
Do you want to get the PV GreenCard qualification?

YES
NOT SURE
Are you an engineer or technologist or similar?

If you are, click on YES (above)
If not, click on NO (above)

Fast-track to PV GreenCard

You have a technical background and need the PV GreenCard qualification.

Do our 5-day SuperSolarSchool course to gain the knowledge and practical skills required for the PV GreenCard Assessment. After the course, spend time gathering practical experience and studying for the assessment. Then you can book your PV GreenCard Assessment; after passing the assessment, you become a qualified solar installer. The PV GreenCard is like a trade test, so even if you have a technical background, you should take enough time to prepare.

Do the self assessment to see if you’re ready for SuperSolarSchool.

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Comprehensive PV knowledge that opens doors for further qualifications

You have technical pre-knowledge and want to understand solar PV and develop a solid career.

Our 5-day SuperSolarSchool is the course to start with. It is comprehensive and fast-paced, perfect for people with pre-knowledge. Advanced level courses to specialize in a topic or top up knowledge later are available: choose between the disciplines of design, finance and installation or invest in your career and book all three! And the route to PV GreenCard is also open, but don’t worry, you’ll learn all about it in SuperSolarSchool.

Do the self assessment to see if you’re ready for SuperSolarSchool.

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Build your knowledge from scratch with Solar Basics

You have no technical pre-knowledge but want to understand solar PV.

Start with our 3-day Solar Basics Course. No pre-knowledge required, the pace is suitable for beginners and we have time for exercises and questions. At the end you will walk out and have a basic technical understanding of what is solar PV. It is possible to add practical training or advanced training later if you want.

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Work your way up to PV GreenCard from scratch

You have no technical pre-knowledge but want to become a PV GreenCard installer one day.

Start with our 3-day Solar Basics Course to build a solid foundation. You will get all the foundational knowledge you will need to feel comfortable engaging with solar content. Next you are ready for our 5-day SuperSolarSchool course to gain all the knowledge and practical skills to complete the PV GreenCard Assessment. After the course, get some practical experience. You can add 2-days of extra practical training with the PV Mounter training. Then you can book your PV GreenCard Assessment as a trade test and after passing the assessment, become a qualified solar installer. It might be the long way around, but the skills and confidence you will obtain on completion will make it all worthwhile!

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Advanced courses to complete your skills set

You have PV experience already and need advanced level training to get further. Choose between a specialisation in design, finance or installation – or get instruction in all three:

Designer for Commercial PV systems
Obtain the skills to design, supervise construction of and commission commercial PV systems up to 1 MWp. Includes design with PV*SOL software.

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Financing for PV Systems
Learn to calculate the financial viability of SSEG PV systems in one day. We combine the basics with case studies and give you insights into the successful financing of PV projects in South Africa.

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PV Mounter
Two days of pure installation practice. Starting with nothing but a wiring chart and material list, we plan and execute the installation together, up to commissioning and testing of the system.

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Overview of all courses

We’ve included all our trainings in one handy table so that you can easily compare the different offerings:

Course NameDurationLevelAccreditationExamination
Solar Business Basics3 DaysStarterDGS, GREENn.a.
PV Mounter2 DaysStarterDGS, GREEN, SAPVIAGREEN PV Installer Exam
SuperSolarSchool3 DaysIntermediateDGS, SAPVIA (PV Greencard)

ECSA SAIEE 5 CPD Points

GREEN PV Installer Exam

GREEN PV Designer Exam

SAPVIA PV GreenCard Assessment

Financing of PV Systems1 DayAdvancedDGS, GREENn.a.
Commercial System Designer3 DaysAdvancedECSA SAIEE 3 CPD Pointsn.a.
PV Sol Design School1 DayAdvancedValentin Softwaren.a.

Proper accreditation is just as important as the actual training. We have accredited our solar courses with national and international institutions. Click here to read more about the accreditation of our trainings.

Overview of all exams

Ready to get certified? We offer two online GREEN exams to those who’ve completed our trainings, and we also operate 3 SAPVIA PV GreenCard Assessment centres:

Exam NameDurationExam typeQualification
GREEN PV Designer1 weekend (online)Online – Open bookGREEN PV Designer
Accredited by DGS
(Recognised in Africa and Germany)
GREEN PV Installer1 weekend (online)Online – Open bookGREEN PV Installer
Accredited by DGS
(Recognised in Africa and Germany)
SAPVIA PV GreenCard Assessment1.5 days on siteOn Site – Closed book exam

4-hour theoretical exam

1 full day practical installation assessment

SAPVIA PV GreenCard Approved Installer
(Recognised in SA, SA Benchmark)

Get help with your learning journey

Contact Tsakani Mashila:
info@solar-training.org
Office: +27 (0) 10 312 6724
Mobile: +27 (0) 73 223 0521