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PQRS Offers a range of Solar PV design and installation courses with the Excel and Exceed courses presented through the SAEEC. As one of the leaders in the development of brand neutral Solar PV training course material in South Africa; PQRS provides a specialist training environment for and on behalf of most of the major solar equipment distributors locally. Face-to-face Courses are presented at a number of venues in 7 provinces throughout SA and Online Courses are available in Live Webinar and Pre-recorded video format. These two courses are the most popular courses in SA and during 2019 more than 1000 students attended solar installation and design courses through PQRS.
P4 supports PV contractors
The African continent is unique in the types of challenges faced during PV and construction related projects. Due to the continued growth and unique challenges of the PV sector in Africa; PQRS developed a quality assurance program called the “P4 platform“.
P4 is short for PQRS PV Performer Program. This P4 platform allocates a score to contractors involved with PV installations based on their activities in the sector and measures risk using a complex matrix. Passing the online PV test and agreeing to the terms and conditions only fulfill two requirements of the platform. A contractor’s true performance can only really be measured by making use of a P4 Performance certificate (show me an example of a P4 performance certificate).
A variety of Solar PV Design and installation courses on offer from PQRS makes provision for learners with different levels of theoretical knowledge and practical experience wishing to design and install both residential and commercial solar PV systems. The Excel and Exceed courses are ideal for electricians and engineers or candidates with a fair knowledge of electricity wishing to expand their service offerings to include solar design and installation. These two practical courses cover the key components in solar system design and references to standards and regulations support the course content.
Both the Excel and Exceed Course content is aligned with the solar PV service technician formal qualification and a range of unit standards.
Courses are also accredited with ECSA (the Engineering Council of South Africa) for 2CPD points per course.
Assessment & Certification
Upon completion of the Excel course, students write the online P4 Level 1 test and upon completion of the Exceed Course, students write the Online P4 Level 2 Test for accreditation through AREP’s (Association for Renewable Energy Practitioners) Quality Assurance Programme. Candidates attending also receives an attendance certificate from SAEEC/PQRS.
Excel Course Content
The 2,5 Day Excel Online Course is aimed at Electricians and Engineers as well as aspirant installers, entrepreneurs and home owners.
Day 1 covers, Solar Technology & Solar Principles, Power vs Energy, MPPT’s, IV Curves, Hybrid, Off-grid and Grid tied systems, LCOE and Grid parity.
Day 2 covers, An in-depth comparison between Lead acid and Li-ion battery technology during the morning session and a complete system sizing during the afternoon session.
The Exceed Course is aimed at Installers, Electricians and Engineers wishing to further their knowledge on solar technology design and installation.
Day 1 covers, Revision of all calculations in the morning followed by mounting structures and wind forces enacting on solar modules in the afternoon session.
Day 2 covers, regulations and standards during the morning session and lightning protection, surge protection and earthing in the afternoon session
|Solar PV Course topics||Excel||Exceed|
|Introduction to solar principles and solar panel technology||Yes|
|In-depth Comparison between Li-ion and Lead acid tech.||Yes|
|Introduction to Grid parity & LCOE||Yes|
|Off-grid, Hybrid and Grid tied system comparisons||Yes|
|Examples of incorrect installations||Yes|
|Fault finding, Inspecting and maintaining solar systems||Yes|
|IV Curves and what they are||Yes|
|Introduction to MPPT||Yes|
|Electrical Principles, kW vs kWh, series and parallel||Yes|
|Full system calc incl. li-ion and lead acid battery bank calculation||Yes|
|System design simulation on Free Software||Yes|
|Volt drop Calculations||Yes||Yes|
|Conductor Current carrying capacity calculations||Yes||Yes|
|Fuse Calc – Batteries||Yes||Yes|
|Fuse Calc – Modules||Yes||Yes|
|Temperature co-efficients Calculations – Factors||Yes||Yes|
|Temperature coefficients Calculations – Values||Yes|
ONLINE EXCEL COURSE DATES
R3300 excl VAT
NEXT COURSE DATES
Online Excel Solar PV Course 13-14 January 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 10-11 February 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 3- 4 March 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 7-8 April 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 11-12 May 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 8-9 June 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 07-08 July 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 03-04 August 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 01-02 September 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 11-12 October 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 08-09 November 2022
Online Excel Solar PV Course 01-02 December 2022
Face to face Courses
Bloemfontein – 24 & 25 March 2022
Kimberley – 19 & 20 May 2022
George – 05 & 06 May 2022
Cape Town – 05 & 06 April 2022
Centurion – 10 & 11 May 2022
ONLINE EXCEED COURSE DATES
R3600 excl VAT
NEXT COURSE DATES
Exceed Solar PV Course – Midrand – 03-04 October 2022