Solar Photovoltaic Courses
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As we are open 7 days - Courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – All Course Times are: 08.30am - 16.30pm
A deposit will secure a course start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!
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Able Skills has their own accommodation available at £20 per night for those of you who are travelling longer distances to train with us.
Able Skills has been delivering C&G 2372 Solar PV for quite some time now but it isn’t suitable for everyone with it’s stringent pre-requisites and 7 day training requirement.
This NICEIC accredited, 3 day Solar PV training and assessment course is designed to provide experienced electricians with the necessary skills for basic design, installation, commission and service of Solar PV systems and deliver a certificate of competence to individuals who will self certify installations through Government scheme operators.
This NICEIC PV course will cover the majority of small scale Solar Photovoltaic systems currently installed within the UK. It will also cover information required to design, install, commission, service and fault find.
Solar PV cells produce electricity directly from sunlight and provide an opportunity to drive the uptake of renewable and low carbon energy. Solar PV forms a key technology set within the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), which offers government grants for the installation of Microgeneration based products and systems.
The introduction of Feed in Tariffs (FITs), the government backed support measure which has been designed to increase the uptake of Microgeneration and help deliver the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets.
FITs provide those generating renewable energy with 20 year – or 25 years for Solar PV – guaranteed per unit support payments (p/kWh) for electricity generation.
NICEIC Solar Photovoltaic Pre-Requisites
Only a registered full scope electrician can make the final grid connections and testing before the system goes live.
This course will not cover areas that form part of the main prerequisites so it is essential that candidates who wish to attend this course hold:
o City and Guilds 2382-10 or City and Guilds 2382-20 (17th edition wiring regulations)
o Accredited Full/Defined Scope qualification and registered with a conforming body
NICEIC Solar PV £495 (inc vat)
NICEIC Health & Safety Course £150.00 (inc vat)
Course Duration: 3 or 4 Days dependant on H&S requirements
A requirement for the certification of this course is that delegates will be required to attend a separate 1 day NICEIC certification Health and Safety awareness course covering CoSHH, Working at Heights and Manual Handling - this can be omitted if the delegate already holds an Iosh/Nebosh/Pasma certificate.
To ensure that you have met the pre-requisites, Able Skills provide the required 1 day NICEIC accredited Health & Safety training course covering the following
o Working at Heights
o Manual Handling
In addition, City and Guilds 2392-10 Fundamental Inspection & Testing or City and Guilds 2391-10 Periodic Inspection & Testing would be very beneficial but not essential.
• Health and Safety
• Environmental background
• Government grants and funding bodies
• The Site Survey and Initial Verification Checks
• Solar Irradiance Calculations and Insulator Test
• FIT Calculations and Revenue Estimates
• Building Regulations and the Built Environment
• Solar Photo-voltaic Panels (PV) - how they work
• The Different Types of PV panels
• Solar PV Panel Designs
• Grid-connected Systems and DC Cabling
• Solar PV Panel Arrays
• Other considerations including Lightning Protection and Solar PV Panel Maintenance
• Grid Tie Inverters
• DC/AC Supplies and the Hazards
• Appropriate Standards: G83/BS7671:2008
• Solar PV System Testing including AC/DC Testing
• Final Commissioning and System handover
We recommend that delegates who are attending this course purchase a copy of the Planning and Installing Photovoltaic Systems: A Guide for Installers, Architects and Engineers (2nd Edition)
Training for NICEIC Solar PV eligibility
If you have an interest in installing photovoltaic systems but you cannot meet the entry requirements, Able Skills can offer training for Part P (Full scope), C&G 2382 17th Edition, C&G 2392 Fundamental Inspection & Testing and C&G 2391 Inspection & Testing.
Training for C&G Solar PV eligibility
If you would prefer to look towards the commercial / industrial electrical industry, we also provide training and assessment for C&G 2330 at levels 2 and 3 as well as site assessment for C&G 2356 – NVQ level 3.
These qualifications, accompanied by C&G 2382 and C&G 2392 or 2391 will enable you to undertake the City & Guilds Solar Photovoltaic course: C&G 2372.
Cost and Duration of Solar Photovoltaic Courses
Duration: 4 Days
Able Skills is open 7 days every week and most courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – Please call for details
A deposit will secure your start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!
For all workshop based training and/or assessment we recommend suitable clothing and for your safety, protective footwear is essential.
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I took the 5 day introduction to electrics with Able Skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole week, it was very informative and taught in the simplest way possible to gain a good understanding very quickly. The course Tutor was quick to inform us “there’s no such thing as a stupid question” and was happy to answer anything and everything we threw at him! Great value for money and I would definitely recommend
I did not need to consider other training providers, Able Skills offered exactly what I needed. I had an excellent week training with the introduction to electrics with Bryan. I learnt a lot and I am really looking forward to the VRQ next week, I feel well prepared.
The web search helped me chose Able Skills to study with for my City & Guilds 2365 Level 3. It was a 7 week course and taught by Richard. I was impressed with the walk through their facility prior to booking with them. Richard did a good job in his presentation, he used his knowledge and experience to teach the course and meet with my expectations. I will be recommending them to others and would consider training with them for other courses.
I decided to choose Able Skills for my training because when discussing the course the information given was good and the cost was competitive. My Tutor was very good, extremely informative and a credit to the College. He really helped me with understanding difficult parts of the course. I will be recommending them to others.
Location and length of the course were the factors important to me when choosing where to train for my 2365 Level 3. The internet had great reviews and my friends had heard of them. We had an excellent tutor, who taught the syllabus not the exam and this made a huge difference in my understanding of the subject.
I studied my Introduction to electrics with Able Skills. It was all very new to me and being over 50 years old, could have been a struggle. My Tutor Richard explained all the ins and outs. The practice was great. I think that taking this course was the best decision I could have made.
I have been working in I.T. for 13 years and I have been on lots of training courses in my time. This was an excellent introduction course for a complete beginner. The facilities are excellent and our instructor Richard was first class. They had good class sizes also. I feel i gained knowledge and experience training at Able Skills to help me progress in the future.
Having trained with Able Skills last year for my Level 2, I decided to use them again to complete my Level 3 C&G 2330. There location was ideal for me. My instructor was Paul, he was helpful and his training was delivered well. The facility and equipment was exactly what was needed. I always enjoyed the practical, I was getting a lot of hands on experience. My training expectations were met and I was happy to pass my exams. I would recommend to others.
The course was taught to a very high standard and a good level of understanding was achieved. I would rate Able Skills as Excellent and would attend other courses with them.
As always, Richard made the course very enjoyable while imparting his vast knowledge and experience. I now have the knowledge to pass the 2391 !!! I give able Skills an overall rating of excellent!
Able Skills was recommended to me and the location was ideal. Special thanks to Bryan for his A1 tuition and Steve for his help. The overall rating for Able Skills is excellent.
I found Able Skills on the internet, further to visiting the training centre, I liked what I saw. The course and tutors were good and gave me everything I needed. The course was value for money and I would recommend to others.
Due to the short duration of the course, I found it quite intensive, but having the toughness of “Richard” the information was hammered home. All the electrical tutors were very helpful when asked questions and Steve was just as good when in the bays Thank you to all!
ALL staff were very personable and helpful. Very high standard of tutoring. Laura was outstanding with my initial enquiries which encouraged me to train at Able Skills. I would recommend to others.
Richard is a very knowledgeable tutor and has a good way of explaining things. Overall very happy with the teaching I received which will set me up well for my future career as an electrician.
Very good tuition and instruction by Richard Manell, very thorough and professional at all times. The course was value for money and met my expectations.
I opted for Able Skills which offers a more hands on experience. I have learnt so much and I am looking forward to part P. Thank you, I will be recommending Able Skills to others.
I found the method of training and tutor informative, in a relaxed atmosphere with excellent emphasis on safety and working practices. I chose able skills because there was no hard sell and I was able to visit any time before enrolling.
My instructor, Alan was excellent! Very knowledgeable. Had the right blend of humour, theory and practical. Alans instructural ability is first class. He caters for all abilities and puts the information across extremely well.
The tutor Steve was excellent! Very pragmatic hands on approach, very helpful!!
Very good training facilities and excellent organisation of the training process. The course was value for money and I would recommend.
I found Able Skills online and was told they were good. I found them to be helpful and friendly. The course met with my expectations and I would attend other courses provided by them.
I have been to the centre before and found them to be excellent. Good clear teaching, excellent communication.
Able Skills have a good reputation and reasonably priced. I learnt a lot during my course, the tutoring was clear, precise and efficient. It is an all round good centre for training.
Ray Matthews - 2382
Steve was very helpful and thorough with questions and made the wiring regulations easier to understand. He is a good instructor. Thanks!
Raymond Anderson -2382
I chose Able Skills as I thought they had competent trainers and the cost was the best I had seen. The course was very informative. Steve took care to explain all grey areas. Very helpful, thanks!
David Wood -2382
Able Skills is local to me so it was a no-brainer to train with them. Steve is a straight talking fella. And to be honest, it worked for me!
Simon Marlow - 2392
I have known about Able Skills for years and have been doing various courses with them for a while. This was one of the best courses I have done so far at Able Skills.
RAY POTTER – PART P
Even though I had considered training somewhere else, I chose Able Skills because the centre is near to me and also I read that Able Skills has really good feedback. Bryan was very knowledgeable and if I ever needed anything explaining to me he would take his time and explain things. Thanks Bryan.
VITCENT MCCAUGILIN – PART P
I have done a training course with Able Skills before. I chose them again because they are close to where I live and also for how often they run the course. I am very happy yet again with the training and I like Byrans method of teaching.
LUICE EVANS - PART P
I used my ELCAS credits to fund this course as I am leaving the forces. I looked at reviews on the ELCAS website and Able Skills were rated really well. Many thanks to Bryan for an excellent course.
LESLIE WAITE - PART P
I chose Able Skills because of a friend’s recommendation as they had also trained at Able Skills. Special thanks to Bryan for A* tuition and Steve the ‘terminator’ for his help.
NICHOLAS WILSON - PART P
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John Persaud–VRQ Part P Course
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Paul Mead– VRQ Course
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Barry Tuvey–VRQ Course
I found Able Skills on the internet I didn’t consider training anywhere else, I like at Able Skills that they offer accommodation for those who have to travel. More than happy with both practical and theory sessions, Bryan was patient and attentive to all of those in the class
Richard Mannells City & Guilds 2330 Level 2 Group Course Review
Richard delivers very thorough lessons. He teaches to a much higher standard than the exams required which gives me a lot of confidence for future courses and preparation for work.
I would just like to compliment all the staff at able skills. The course and admin staff for their professionalism and for being friendly and approachable.
The reason I chose able skills was because of its location and was impressed with the facilities. The quality of the teaching and the facilities are very impressive. All the tutors I met were excellent and I felt I got the most out of Richard.
I highly rate Richard Mannell as a very good tutor. Explained stuff clearly and helped you in difficult situations.
I liked able skills because they let me make up my own mind and did not push me into going with them. Richard was the best tutor ever and he was very helpful. The facilities are really good with a good practical workshop. All the teachers are excellent.
I picked able skills because all books and tools were included in the price and it still worked out to be cheaper than others in the area. The tutors were helpful and the facilities were good for practical and real life scenarios. I thought Steve, the technician, was really good and very helpful.
Richard was a very good tutor, very knowledgeable and always happy to go the extra mile when explaining things. Steve was very helpful when doing our practical assessments.
Richard is a fantastic tutor, professional, knowledgeable. He has the ability to teach to all levels, patient and maintains a high standard but is also fun. I hope to have Richard for my future courses. Steve, the technician, again is enthusiastic, always puts himself out for the students and is incredible hard working. He is also happy to pass on his knowledge. A real star.
I was impressed by what I saw when I first visited the centre and was also impressed that able skills could take me from a beginner to being fully qualified. Richard Mannell is a good tutor, a perfectionist when it comes to the practical (this is a positive as it raises the standard of work by the students). Steve is an excellent technician. He is helpful, patient and extremely knowledgeable. Thank you!
Richard Mannells City & Guilds 2330 Level 3 Group Course Review
These are some of the students that did 2330 level 3 course with Richard Mannell. Most found us on the internet and said that they hadn’t considered training anywhere else. All explained that Able Skills courses are value for money and that they really enjoyed the course. Richard was an excellent tutor and he is always very helpful.
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MICHEAL LIPKA - All staff very helpful. Very high standard of tutoring.
JOEL BRIXEY - The level 3 was an excellent course, Richard Mannell took us every step of the way guiding us to success. Steve was good with the class down in the bays and he was always willing to pass on his knowledge.
GREG - Richard is a very knowledgeable tutor and explains all aspects clearly.
ANTHONY COLLINS – Tutors were very informative.
MR YARNALL - Due to the short duration of the course I found it quite intensive but having the thoroughness of Richard the information was hammered home. All the electrical tutors were very helpful when asked questions and Steve was just as good when we were in the bays. Thank you to all.
KEVIN MOORE – Good tutors, Richard and Steve very helpful.
ROBERT GRAHAM - Richard is a very knowledgeable tutor and has a good way of explaining things. Overall, I am very happy with the teaching I received which will set me up well for my future career being an electrician.
MARTIN MACCORMACK – Fantastic course and the tutors know what they are talking about.
STEPHEN PRICE - Very good tuition and instruction from Richard Mannell, very thorough and professional at all times.
MARK BROWN - Very good course it was value for money. Gave me everything I needed including splitting my money so I pay when I train.
Able Skills has grown and so has the amount of students in attendance and we are being used by everyone right across the UK and abroad.
As a result of the increase in students, Able Skills has purchased 3 properties to accommodate the growing numbers of people travelling from distance.
Able Skills properties are licensed HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) and are fully equipped in line with local authority standards.
The properties will provide you with your own fully furnished room with washing facilities and TV. There are several bathrooms/WCs as well as fully fitted kitchens and a dining areas to eat and/or meet your fellow students.
Able Skills employs someone to maintain the properties on a regular basis and also to ensure that the property is being looked after by those staying.
We are very pleased to be able to offer this accommodation at £20 per night and we are keen to ensure that your time away from home is enjoyable and comfortable. The properties are situated close to all of our training centres and some have allocated private parking facilities.
This enables you to leave your vehicle in a safe and secure environment and make that short walk to whichever course you are attending.
We are a very popular choice of training centre and as a result we are very busy and so is our accommodation. We would recommend that you make every attempt to tie in any accommodation requirements at the time of booking your course.
If our accommodation is full, there are other local alternatives available which range from £20 per night upwards.
During your stay at Able Skills accommodation we will guarantee you a secure area to keep all of your belongings and additionally, we guarantee that the only people using this property are Able Skills students.
Should you require any additional information or wish to book training and accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact Gary, Angela or John on 01322 280 202.