Training and Assessment

SAPVIA acknowledges that the current lack of skilled labor in the PV industry as a key issue. The development of Solar PV installer skills will assist to improve the quality of Solar PV Installations.

It is recognised that education and training are the key requirements to a suitably qualified workforce, ensuring adherence to best practice and thereby safeguarding the future of the industry.

Please note that for all Training dates scheduled please contact the Training Institution directly.

Upcoming Assessments

Type Course Location Date Registration link Registration
Training Nepoworx Solar Academy (PV GreenCard) Johannesburg 25-29 January Register
Training Nepoworx Solar Academy (PV GreenCard) Johannesburg 01-05 February Register

SAPVIA together with GreenCape developed the “Solar PV Assessment” for PV installers. The aim of this assessment was to vet installers in order to ensure the integrity of the PV industry. This assessment was designed to be endorsed by industry association and has been developed in accordance with the national qualification.

The 2 day assessment includes a theoretical as well as a practical assessment where candidates are required to mount PV installations on a simulated roof environment. The purpose of this assessment is primarily to ascertain competency of installers and vet their abilities in order to gain access to the PV GreenCard quality programme.

In addition this pilot assessment served to inform the full assessment and will be used as a guide for the development of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Toolkit for the Solar PV service technician qualification.

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Having a registered national qualification means that public as well as private training providers are able to align their PV training offering to the nationally accepted and accredited qualification. SAPVIA supported by the GIZ and DGS Berlin developed reference training material (presentations and supporting documents) for a 5 day Solar PV Installer Course in accordance with the exit outcomes of the curriculum specific to the Solar PV Installer Part Qualification. The course was developed with the aim of presenting the minimum knowledge requirements for Solar PV installers and preparing candidates to undertake the Solar PV Assessment.

The reference training material will be provided (free of charge) to training institutions – both public and private – to offer installers a basic training on Solar PV Installations. Training Institutions are welcome to add components to the material provided to enhance the impact of the training.

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The Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician, Curriculum Code 313109001, NQF Level 5 was developed in 2010 and registered with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) under Qualification ID 99447 in December 2016. The National Qualification was based on the need for a national training offering to support the growing Renewable Energy Industry. Although specifically focusing on utility scale installations, the qualification consist of 4 modular part qualifications (Solar PV Mounter, Solar PV Installer, Solar PV Technician and Solar PV Service Technician) which ensures inclusivity of career prospects for a wide range of candidates from matric/school leaver.

Any training provider wanting to offer the SAPVIA Solar PV Installer training is welcome to apply to become a PV GreenCard endorsed training provider. Please see below the information pack for your perusal. All interested parties should submit their application forms to

Should you require assistance to set up your training centre to offer this training please refer to the GreenCape/ SARETEC Advisory Services proposal.

Once you have submitted your application, this will be reviewed and responded to within 5 -10 working days. Should the review panel not be satisfied with the application, they will contact you directly for more information. Training providers will receive a letter of acceptance or rejection based on the outcome of the review. Should you be accepted to offer the SAPVIA Solar PV Installer training you will be provided with the course material (presentation slides) as well as assess to videos (online) with guidelines on how to present the material.

Should you wish to become an PV GreenCard endorsed training or assessment centre, please email us at for more information.