Off-Grid Solar Systems Masterclass

USD 644.95USD 692.06

The Complete International Off-Grid Solar Systems Masterclass.

DC & AC Coupled Systems With Genset Hybrids and Design Project.

The self-paced online course covers all aspects of the design and installation(theory only) of off grid  PV systems and PV/Fuel Generator Hybrid systems. It includes d.c and a.c coupled systems.


The delivery mode allows the students to complete the course in their own time with access to tutors via e-mail.


This course is offered to people who want to be able to:

  • Design any sized off grid system from small 1 or 2 module d.c. only solar home systems comprising PV modules, solar controller and  battery only up to larger hybrid systems comprising PV array/Fuel Generator, batteries  ,solar controllers,  inverters (PV and battery) and associated equipment.
  • The theory of how the equipment is installed to meet relevant international standards and industry best practice.

The course is based on the book: “International Off-Grid PV Systems: Design and Installation First Edition. International Edition Version 1. A copy of the book’s contents is available in the publications section of the website.


The course covers the Standard :

  • IEC62548: Installation of PV Arrays.
  • Plus industry best practice based on the relevant Australian Standards and the various technical guidelines that GSES has developed for the Pacific Islands and West Africa.

As a minimum all course participants should have the following skills:

  • Some knowledge of safe work practices;
  • Minimum Senior Secondary School maths (or in-country equivalent) skills for solving standard problems; and
  • Minimum Senior Secondary School English (or in-country equivalent) and reading skills.

All course participants must be able to read and understand English.

It is preferred that the participants already have knowledge and skills in:

  • Electricity, electrical terms, and common formulae;
  • Working knowledge of tools and meters used in installation and maintenance of electrical systems; and
  • Basic customer education and service practices.

Though having these skills is preferred, the attendees can learn some of these skills during the online course or with extra work while completing the course.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are based on both the Australian endorsed Units of Competencies:

  • Carry out basic repairs to renewable energy apparatus
  • Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus and systems
  • Solve problems in stand-alone renewable energy systems
  • Install ELV stand-alone photovoltaic power systems
  • Design stand-alone renewable energy (RE) systems

And  the following training unit standards that are accredited under the Pacific Islands Education Qualifications and Assessments Programme

  • Designer of Solar Based Off-Grid Power Systems – (Solar Home Systems)
  • Designer of Solar Based Off-Grid Power Systems – (d.c. and a.c. loads)
  • Installer of Solar Based Off-Grid Power Systems – (d.c. loads)
  • Installer of Solar Based Off-Grid Power Systems (d.c. and a.c. loads)
  • Designer of Solar Based Off-Grid Power Systems – (PV/Fuel generator hybrids)
  • Installer of Solar Based Off-Grid Power Systems – (PV/Fuel generator hybrids).


However, the course does not include a practical hands-on installation session, it is only the theory of installation that is covered, and no assessment is undertaken on the practical skills of the student in installing a system.

Design of Off Grid PV systems incl PV/Fuel Generator Hybrids

  1. Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety
  2. Understanding Energy Concepts
  3. Undertaking Energy and Site Assessment
  4. Understanding System Components
  5. Understanding System Design
  6. Interpreting Technical Standards and Regulatory requirements
  7. Undertaking Economic Analysis
  8. Developing Documentation

Installer of Off Grid PV systems incl PV/Fuel Generator Hybrids

Working Safely with Off grid PV Power Systems including PV/Fuel Generator Hybrids

  1. Understanding Energy Concepts
  2. Understanding System Cabling and System Protection Devices
  3. Understanding installation requirements of the different components of the system
  4. What Testing and Commissioning should be undertaken.
Delivery Method and Duration

This course is delivered online at students’ own pace. GSES has a team of tutors who mark the online work and as necessary supply feedback or additional technical information to the students. GSES’s tutors are also available to be contacted by phone during business hours or email.

The course is expected to take between 60-100 hours to complete, although this will vary between students. Access is valid for 12 months.

Assessments and Certificate

Online Quizzes

At the end of each session there is an online quiz.

Each student is allowed three attempts of completing the quiz.

The student must obtain 100% in each of these quizzes.

Design Task

A two part realistic design task culminates the students knowledge as a final project.


 After successfully completing the online quizzes and the design tasks the student will be awarded a certificate from GSES that states:

Name of Person

Had successfully completed the course titled

Design and Installation of Off-Grid PV Systems(Including PV/Fuel Generator Hybrids)

And has been deemed competent in:

Design of Off-Grid PV Systems(Including PV/Fuel Generator Hybrids)

Cancellation and Refunds

Cancellation of online training courses will be subject to the following conditions:

  • Cancellation of online training courses made within fourteen (14) days of the date of payment AND before the online course has been accessed: the student will receive a full refund of the online course payment.
  • Cancellation more than fourteen (14) days after the date of payment OR after the online course has been accessed (whichever occurs first): the student will receive no refund.
  • All course refunds are exclusive of the price of the supplied course publication as advertised at the time of enrolment, unless the publication is returned to GSES in an undamaged and unused condition. GSES reserves the right to refuse a refund of the publication on the basis that goods are damaged or have been used prior to return.

Additional information

Weight 2.3 kg
Dimensions 31 × 26 × 3 cm
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