To become endorsed to install grid-connected battery storage, accreditation must also be held for the design and install of grid-connected (GC) photovoltaic systems.

To apply for the Clean Energy Council Storage endorsement, an individual must complete the additional training modules on grid-connected battery storage design and installation.

The draft training codes for these units are:

  • UEERE4002A Install, maintain and fault find battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic systems 
  • UEERE5001A Design battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic systems

These draft training units will continue to be accepted until 1 January 2018. 

After this date, the requirements to be able to install and/or supervise battery storage will change and further training may be required. See below for more information about the changes to the requirements for installing battery storage.

Changes to requirements for installing battery storage

For a number of years, the CEC has been using draft national training units as the requirement for adding the storage endorsement to CEC grid-connect accreditation. After a lot of hard work, the new battery storage training units have been endorsed and added to the Electroctechnology Training Package.

With the approval of new battery storage training units, the requirements to be able to install and/or supervise battery storage will change. These units will be required to add the storage endorsement to current grid-connect accreditation.

As it will take Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) a few months to add these new training units to their scope, the CEC is implementing a transition period to allow people a reasonable amount of time to complete the new training while still being able to install these systems.

To work on grid-connected systems with battery storage, there are currently two options available:

  1. Hold Grid-connect Accreditation with Battery Storage Endorsement. Currently, to apply for the Storage Endorsement, you must complete the additional draft training modules on grid-connected battery storage design and installation.

    From 1 January 2018, we will no longer accept training completed to the draft units. Only training completed by an RTO with the endorsed training on scope will be accepted. We will ensure that a list of training providers is available online.
     
  2. Hold Grid-connect (GC) Accreditation and Stand-alone Power Systems (SPS) Accreditation. At present, an installer who holds both GC and SPS Accreditation can sign off on the installation of grid-connected systems with battery storage.

    From 1 January 2019, all people holding both GC and SPS Accreditation will need to complete the battery storage training to continue installing grid-connected systems with battery storage.

Adding the storage endorsement to your current grid-connect PV accreditation?

You can apply to add the storage endorsement to your current accreditation at no cost.

To do this, please send a copy of your training results to accreditation@cleanenergycouncil.org.au

You will then be required to submit a case study within three months. 

A fee of $190 (excluding GST) applies for case study assessment.

Please note: The grid-connected battery storage training and endorsement will not qualify you to design and install off grid/stand-alone power systems (SPS). The full SPS training is required for this.

CEC battery installation guidelines

The CEC has created guidelines to assist installers with grid-connect battery storage systems. Accredited installers are required to follow these guidelines: