Ensuring that the solar industry is well-equipped to carry out installations safely and to a high standard.

Pilot training program

The Solar Homes Program will support the installation of 770,000 solar PV systems, 10,000 solar batteries and 60,000 solar hot water systems across Victoria over its 10-year life-span.

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 TAFES/Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver industry training tailored to the solar industry.

Together, we have developed a specialised training unit called Work Safely in the Solar Industry (unit code VU22744). This unit will be piloted from September to December 2019, through public TAFEs and RTOs.

Solar Victoria has worked with the Victorian Skills Commissioner to ensure this training is offered free of charge for the duration of the pilot.

If you would like to be part of this pilot program, there are limited places currently available with the providers listed below. More places will be offered in the near future. After the pilot program is complete, the training unit is expected to roll out across Victoria through TAFEs and RTOs.

Important: Work safely in the solar industry (VU22744) will be a mandatory qualification for all solar workers carrying out installations for the Solar Homes Program as of 1 July 2020. (Read more under ‘Compulsory training’ below). We recommend that all CEC accredited installers, apprentices and other solar workers undertake this unit of study as early as possible.

If you miss out on a place in the pilot program, you can ask to go on a waiting list for future dates when you call the providers below. Or check this web page regularly for an updated list of providers offering the unit.

Participating Training Providers

Currently there are two Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) delivering the pilot program, with two more RTOs coming on board, shortly.

Please mention the unit code VU2274 for this training module when you contact the training provider, and tell the operator you want to study it as a single unit.

Chisolm Institute

Unit code: VU2274
Unit name: Work safely in the solar industry
Location: Berwick Campus
Duration: full time, 2 days
Dates: 23-24 September OR 21-22 October 2019
Phone: 1300 393 018
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TAFE Gippsland

Unit Code: VU2274
Unit name: Work safely in the solar industry
Location: Yallourn Campus
Duration: full time, 2 days
Dates: 10-11 October 2019
Phone: 1300 133 717
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Compulsory training – 1 July 2020

By 1 July 2020, it will be mandatory for all workers participating in the Solar Homes Program to have undertaken or be enrolled to undertake Work safely in the solar industry VU22744.

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.

You can refer back to this page for updates on training requirements and opportunities, or subscribe to our industry newsletter.

Reviewed 19 September 2019

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