The Solar Homes Program is expected to generate more than 5,500 jobs in the solar industry. To ensure that solar workers are well-equipped to carry out this work safely and to a high standard, we are working with installers, industry associations, unions, regulators and Registered Training Organisations (including TAFEs) to expand training and accreditation.
A short course in ‘Working Safely in the Solar Industry’ has already been developed and a pilot program will be rolled out as of 1 July 2019 through public TAFEs and private training providers. The government-subsidised course includes units on ‘Working Safely at Heights’ customised for the solar industry, First Aid and ‘White Card’ certification.
The course is recommended for all CEC accredited installers, apprentices and other solar workers. Workers that have already completed First Aid and ‘White Card’ certification before taking the course will get a credit transfer and will only need to complete the balance of the study units.
Compulsory training – 1 July 2020
NOTE: By 1 July 2020, it will be mandatory for all workers participating in the Solar Homes Program to:
* have successfully completed or be enrolled to complete the Course in Working Safely in the Solar Industry.
* have undertaken or be enrolled to undertake the ‘Working safely at heights customised for the solar industry’ unit of the short course, if they have already completed the First Aid and ‘White Card’ certification outside of the course.
Over the life of the Solar Homes program, Solar Victoria will provide $9 million to develop a subsidised, comprehensive training and workforce development strategy for the solar industry.
Reviewed 10 July 2019