Course in Working Safely in the Solar Industry

Free* course
Course Code 22515VIC
Locations Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)

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Study Mode Part-time, On Campus
Length One day to one week (depending on the number of units required to complete)
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable To be confirmed
Course Overview

This course will provide you with an overview of safety hazards and appropriate safety measures relevant to solar installations.

The course is designed for electricians, plumbers, apprentices and trade assistants who want to increase their safety awareness on solar installations.

It will also be a mandatory requirement for installers, apprentices and trade assistants working in the Victorian Government’s Solar Homes program through Solar Victoria as of 1 January 2021.

Solar Homes workers - mandatory requirements

The Work safely in the solar industry (VU22744) unit will be a mandatory requirement for all solar installation workers (e.g. PV installers, plumbers, apprentices and trade assistants) working in the Victorian Government’s Solar Homes program as of 1 January 2021.

All workers who are involved in the installation of solar PV or solar hot water systems in the Solar Homes program (typically electricians, plumbers, apprentices and trade assistants) will need to complete this unit in the Course in Working Safely in the Solar Industry (22515VIC) by 31 December 2020 to continue participating in the program.

Holding a valid White Card is already a mandatory requirement for working on any solar installation, however as of 1 July 2020, it will also be a mandatory requirement for Solar Homes installation workers.

Experienced workers who wish to update their qualifications can undertake Work safely in the solar industry (VU22744), and apply for credit transfers/RPL on remaining subjects, where appropriate, to gain the full course certification.

For example, an electrician who already has a White Card and Working at Heights could undertake the Work safely in the solar industry (VU22744) unit and Provide first aid (HLTAID003), then apply for a combination of RPL and Credit Transfer for the balance of the units to get the full course certification.

What will I Learn?

During this course, you will gain an understanding of the required industry health and safety standards and implications of safety hazards that may arise whilst working in the solar industry.  

Upon successful completion of the full course, participants will be able to: 

  • work safely on roofs
  • work safely at heights
  • identify and report asbestos.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, you will have an understanding of the required industry health and safety standards and implications of safety hazards that may arise whilst working in the solar industry.


On completion of this course, you may continue study in:

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

To be eligible to apply for this course, you must be an electrician, plumber, building practitioner, trade assistant or an apprentice across these industries who want to learn about the safety requirements associated with solar installations.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification, you must successfully complete 5 core units.

Participants who exit the course without completing all five units will receive a Statement of Attainment listing those units that were successfully completed.

Units offered

Core units

Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours
VU22744 Work safely in the solar industry 12
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry 20
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6
HLTAID003 Provide first aid 18
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights 8

Note:  Work safely in the solar industry (VU22744) must be completed before undertaking any other unit in the course.

The unit Work safely in the solar industry (VU22744) is also a mandatory requirement for all solar workers carrying out installations under the State Government’s Solar Homes program. For more information visit Solar Homes Training page.


This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.


This course will be funded as part of the Victorian Government's Solar Homes training and workforce development package in conjunction with the Department of Education and Training’s Skills First package.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank-you email.
  2. Literacy and Numeracy Assessment - we will assess whether you need to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and email it to you if required.
    If you are not required to undertake this assessment, you will skip to step 3.
  3. Chat to our team - your teacher or course specialist will contact you to discuss the course in more detail and ensure the right units of study are selected for you.
  4. Enrol – you will be sent an email to accept your offer for the course. By accepting, you will be directed to verify your details and submit your enrolment for processing.
  5. Pay - once we’ve completed your enrolment, we will send you an invoice to arrange payment of your course fees.

If you need any assistance with applying, contact our team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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