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.
Battery storage endorsement FAQ
There have been some questions raised by the industry about battery endorsement. Please see the responses in the frequently asked questions below.
Why does applying for the battery storage endorsement cost extra?
The $190 (ex GST) administration fee covers the cost of the practical application assessment. It also contributes towards covering the costs of all the other technical support services the CEC provides to Accredited Installers. These include writing the Install and Supervise Guidelines, over the phone and online technical support such as webinars and Toolbox Talk videos, and compliance work that keeps the cowboys out of our industry.
Why do we have to complete additional assessments to get the endorsement after I’ve already completed the training?
Training is important but it is only half of the story. The online and practical assessment process helps to confirm that installers are doing the right thing in the real world, and highlights any gaps an individual may have. Unfortunately, the initial pass rate for practical assessments is less than 50%. The CEC also works with various training advisory committees to address wider industry training gaps.
The CEC is not an RTO; how come they can assess me?
The purpose of the additional assessments is to assist in maintaining the standard of the CEC’s Accreditation program, which is voluntary and demonstrates to consumers and government agencies a high standard of work. The CEC is not looking to verify the course content presented by an RTO beyond the endorsement of the units.
On a higher level, the CEC’s mission is to accelerate Australia’s transition to a clean energy future. To achieve this, it is critical that we, the small-scale solar and storage industry, earn and maintain the trust placed in us by energy consumers to ensure that government does not feel the need to impose unnecessary regulation or restriction on the industry.
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 ([email protected]) 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.
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 [email protected].
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: