City & Guilds 2372 Photo Voltaic Systems

Certificate in Installing and Testing Domestic Photovoltaic Systems (City & Guilds 2372)

With the demand for alternative sources of energy, a high priority on the Government agenda, City & Guilds, the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, is now at the forefront of training and education developments who’s awards are highly valued and recognised. This qualification will allow candidates to be recognised as competent in this new field and play a vital role in the use of renewable energy.

The qualifications cover a range of competences in fitting, installing and testing the system components. The content covers health and safety, knowledge of regulations, PV systems and components, roofing, commissioning, testing and customer care.

This award is intended for qualified electricians who will be required to install grid connected domestic photovoltaic systems that are either integrated into, or retro onto, a domestic dwelling. It is concerned with domestic systems installation within prescribed specifications and therefore does not cover design or glazed or curtain wall systems.

It is expected that candidates will be practising electricians and have appropriate qualifications related to electrical installation such as an NVQ at level 3, knowledge of the IEE Wiring Regulations and inspection and testing. They will need to be employed within the electrical contracting industry. The award is designed to offer specific skills and knowledge to electricians to ensure they are conversant with Regulations and Code of Practice related to PV systems. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) supports the recognition of qualified personnel within this initiative and sees PV systems as an essential part of Government energy policy. MCS

General structure

The award is made of two units. The first unit describes the underpinning knowledge that is required to understand the theory behind PV systems, related Regulations, safety requirements and installation and testing. The second unit is concerned with the application of practical skills in carrying out installation and testing.

Course Content Includes:

  • Health and Safety
  • The site survey: Solar Radiance
  • Calculation FIT Estimates
  • Building Regulations
  • Solar Photo-voltaic (PV) – how they work
  • Types of PV panels
  • Solar PV panel designs
  • Grid-connected Systems
  • Grid Tie Inverters
  • DC/AC Supplies and likely hazards
  • Appropriate Standards: G83/BS7671:2008
  • System Testing
  • Final Commissioning and System handover

The award

For the award of a certificate candidates must successfully complete both assessments.

Unit 1 Knowledge of photovoltaic systems 2372-001 Written-short answer
Unit 2 Practical applications 2372-002 Practical assessment

Test specifications

Knowledge of photovoltaic systems Written paper of 20 short answer questions and 1 long answer question 1 ½ hours

Training Start Times: 9.00am to 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday

Duration: 4 – full day course (over 1 weekend) Mid-week courses are available. Please call to enquire

Important Notes:

Delegates must hold the City & Guilds 2382 17th Edition wiring Regulations in order to be accepted on this course and must be 18 years old or over.

Useful links:

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 –

Building Regulations 2000 –

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 –

Engineering recommendations G83/1 and G59/1 –


BS 7671 IEE Wiring Regulations for Electrical Installations Book

HSE Guide GS38 Electrical test equipment for use by electricians

Electrical test equipment for use by electricians
Guidance Note GS38 ISBN 0 7176 0845 X

£635 inc VAT

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