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 national training codes for these units are:

  • UEERE4001 Install, maintain and fault find battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic systems (draft code UEERE4002A)
  • UEERE5001 Design battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic systems (draft code UEERE5001A)

Changes to requirements for installing battery storage

New battery storage training units have now been endorsed, meaning that the requirements to be able to install and/or supervise battery storage have changed.

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.

How does this affect you?

  • If you have completed or are applying for Grid-connect Accreditation and Stand-alone Power Systems Accreditation under the draft training units, you will need to have completed the new training units by 1 April 2019 to continue installing grid-connected systems with battery storage.

Click here to see a list of registered training organisations that offer these units.

Grid connected battery storage gap training

From 1 April 2019, all accredited persons designing and installing grid-connected battery storage systems must have battery storage endorsement.

Those who already have grid-connect and SPS accreditation (design/install, design/supervise and design only) may be eligible to undertake online gap training through the Holmesglen Institute of TAFE.

Holmesglen is now taking enrolments for experienced accredited persons to obtain the necessary units to obtain grid-connected battery storage endorsement. For eligibility requirements or additional information, email David Tolliday (david.tolliday@holmesglen.edu.au) with GCBATTS-"your name" in the subject line.

Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES) is also offering two bridging courses for stand-alone power system designers and installers as a pathway to obtain the CEC battery storage endorsement before 1 April 2019.

The Design & Install bridging course is intended for electricians who hold both grid-connect and stand-alone CEC accreditations, and are able to provide evidence of designs and installations of two grid-connected battery systems.

The Design Only bridging course is intended for engineers and others who hold grid-connect and stand-alone design accreditations, including those with design and supervise grid-connect accreditation or design and install stand-alone accreditation, and are able to provide evidence of designs of two grid-connected battery systems.

Both courses heavily utilise Recognition of Prior Learning to minimise the amount of assessment required, which involves submitting evidence of previous designs/installations as well as a few short online quizzes.

Prospective students can find more information about the Design & Install and Design Only courses on the GSES website or by emailing training@gses.com.au.

Those that do not meet Holmesglen or GSES's eligibility requirements will need to complete a full course including a face-to-face component. Visit our website for a list of registered training providers to find your preferred registered training organisation.

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 also need to contact the administration team by phone to activate your endorsement.

You will then be required to complete the grid-connect battery storage assessment within three months. This will be sent to you when you activate your endorsement.

A fee of $190 (excluding GST) applies for this 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: