Continuous professional development, or CPD, aims to improve the performance and professionalism of the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry and to ensure that the skills and knowledge of solar installers remain relevant and up-to-date.
The CPD program enables designers and installers to maintain their current knowledge base, and encourages continuous updating of skills and knowledge.
It also helps installers and designers to install correctly, offer customers the most up-to-date technology and installation options, and keep informed of changes and updates to Australian Standards.
By providing a framework for all Clean Energy Council-accredited installers and designers to undergo continuous training, the CPD programs also contributes to overall improvements in the standard of work in the solar PV industry.
Flexible training options
We understand that you can't always 'down tools' to attend training, due to time constraints, costs or both. We also understand that there may not always be a local training facility with relevant courses.
The Clean Energy Council has developed online training options as part of the CPD program to ensure maximum flexibility with minimum cost. A few examples of low-cost and flexible CPD options that can be completed outside of office hours or in your own time on a rainy day include:
- case study submission
- attending a Clean Energy Council Installer Night (small fee, from 5pm)
- Clean Energy Council webinar (no cost, held at various times or you can download and complete anytime)
- online video tutorials with follow-up assessment (no cost and complete in your own time).
Opportunities to expand personal capabilities
While not strictly solar-related, courses that improve your abilities while up-skilling the industry as a whole also count towards CPD. These include courses like First Aid, Working at Heights, Construction Induction and Wiring Rules refreshers.
Opportunities for business expansion
CPD courses do not need to be repetitive. You can use the opportunities of CPD to help expand your business capabilities and offerings. For example, if you are currently accredited only for grid-connect, training for stand-alone would expand your opportunities and count towards your CPD.
There are also a number of opportunities for businesses in energy efficiency and energy auditing. Courses for these areas are also eligible for CPD points.
Frequently asked questions
Can anyone sign on to CPD?
The CPD renewal option is only available to fully accredited designers and installers who are renewing their accreditation. Provisionally accredited people still need to follow the upgrade process.
I want to sign on to CPD. When should I start completing my training?
When you renew your accreditation and move to the CPD cycle, you commit to completing 100 points of approved training over the following 12 months. Any courses you undertake before signing on to the CPD renewal will not count towards your 100 points, so please ensure you have signed on to CPD prior to enrolling in any courses. A Maximum of 30 CPD points can be carried over to the following year.
How long before my accreditation expires should I make my application to renew?
It is good practice to submit your application one to two weeks prior to your accreditation expiring.
There is a period of 30 days from your expiry in which you may qualify to have your accreditation re-instated.
If you do not apply for re-instatement of your accreditation and you wish to regain your accreditation in the future you will need to re-apply for Provisional accreditation, fulfilling all the current accreditation requirements (including any training requirements and case studies).
I don't live near a major city. How can I get my points?
You can complete one case study as part of the renewal process if you are unable to attend training. A case study submission is worth 50 points. There are also a number of online courses included in our list, and the Clean Energy Council runs regular webinars.
I found a course I want to complete but it isn't included on the website. What do I do?
You can request that a course be added to our list at any time. The Clean Energy Council will then review the training, make a decision on whether it's appropriate for CPD, determine the number of points it will be allocated, and add it to the website. You will need to wait until it has been added before completing the course in order for the points to count.
I want to do a course but I haven't signed on to CPD yet. What can I do to have it counted?
You have the option to renew your accreditation before the due date and sign on to CPD early. This means you will lose the remaining time on your accreditation, so you will need to weigh up the costs to find out whether it's the best option for you. It may be worth sacrificing the remaining time on your current accreditation in order to attend a specific course and have the points accepted.
I work at a training organisation. How can I add my institution's courses to the list?
Please fill out the CPD application form for training organisations.