WSQ Perform Design and Installation of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

What is this course about?


The Process Workforce Skills Qualifications (Process WSQ) is a national continuing education and training system designed for adult workers, jointly by the industry and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), to determine the competencies required by the Process Industry. It aims to support and facilitate specialized training and skills development to enhance the workforce, which will lead to an increase in the industry's overall competitiveness and productivity.

Course Synopsis


Globally, climate change is giving a strong impetus to countries searching for alternative energy sources to supplement power generation and to reduce carbon emissions.

Recent advancements in photovoltaic (PV) and inverter technology, resulting in better efficiencies and performance, have helped to promote PV systems as a reliable source of renewable energy.

The Code of Practice for Electrical Installation, CP5 :1998 - Amendment No 1 Section 612(L) incorporates provisions for design and installation of grid connected PV systems.

Engineers and licensed electrical workers (LEWs) will need the additional competencies to integrate this new technology to buildings.

The course provides a sound theoretical foundation and industry-relevant practical skills on designing and installing PV systems.

Participants will learn to perform PV system design, wire and terminate PV modules to inverters and use measuring and testing tools to commission a functional PV system.

This course is a module (Competency Code PI-EM-316E-1) in the
Singapore Workforce Skill Qualification (WSQ) in Process Technology (Energy Management).


Suitable for

Electricians, Licensed Electrical Workers and Engineers who have interest to upgrade their knowledge and skills in PV systems and CP5 amendment 1 related to Solar Voltaic (PV) Power Supply Systems.


Assumed Skills and Knowledge


1. preferably have knowledge of electrical installation work
2. preferably have knowledge of SS CP5:1998 Code of Practice for Electrical Installation
3. have basic knowledge and skills in handling common tools
4. be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the
5. Employability Skills System (ESS) level 4;
6. be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to ESS level 4; and
7. be able to process numbers at a proficiency level equivalent to ESS level 4


Funding Incentives


Course Fee: $2,500 (without GST)

GST: $175


SkillsFuture Subsidies

Funding Type Funded amount Amount Payable (with GST)
Singaporeans and PRs $660.00 $2,015.00
Singapore Citizens 40 years old and above $2,200.00 $475.00
Workfare Training Support (WTS) letter holders / Singapore Citizens 35 years old and above + earning <$1,900 $2,375.00 $300.00
Singaporeans and PRs from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) $2,200.00 $475.00

Participants have to meet minimum 75% attendance and attain competency in the module. If the 75% attendance and/or competency criteria are not met, participants will have to pay the subsidy amount to Singapore Polytechnic.


Please submit latest payslip and Declaration Form upon successful Enrolment to receive the subsidies.



Course Outline 

1. Develop PV system designs

- PV fundamentals
- PV systems
- PV systems components
- Earthing Method
- Lightning and PV Systems
- Code of Practice

2. Plan the installation of PV systems

  - Hazards related to PV installations and site conditions
- Safety precautions for working with batteries and installing a PV array
- Use warning notices in compliance with Code of Practice
- Installation procedure according to manufacturer's safety instructions
- Shutdown and startup procedures

3. Install and commission PV systems

- Importance of proper handling and storing of PV modules to avoid damage
- Site evaluation for best insolation for PV modules
- Static and dynamic loading of the array to existing structure
- Configuration of array modules to optimize space
- Appropriate fixing methods for modules and rack according to roof types
- Alignment and levelling of secondary structures to minimise stress on modules
- Maintaining the integrity of the roof material (weather seal)
- Methods of installing PV modules, inverter and ancillary equipment
- Wiring of PV system components
- Inspection, testing and commissioning of PV system
- Generating test reports
- Trouble-shooting of system faults


Mode of Assessment

Continuous assessments and project.




Participants will be awarded the WSQ Perform Design and Installation of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems if they meet 75% attendance rate as well as passing all assessments required by the course.


Documents Required for Registration (to be uploaded at point of online registration)

Upon completing online registration, please submit the following:

1. Photocopy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or “Employment”/ “S” Pass for foreign applicants

2. Minimum ESS Level 4

3. Pay slip (For WTS Applicant only)

4. Declaration Form

 IMPORTANT: Applications without ALL of the above required supporting documents will be considered incomplete and rejected. Singapore Polytechnic regrets that we will not be able to inform individual applicants of the incomplete documentation nor disclose the reasons for selection/non-selection of applicants.

PACE 500 Dover Road
Block T1A, Level 1, Room T1A12
Singapore 139651
Note: PACE Academy course schedules, course trainer, course fees and course availability are subject to change without prior notice.



a) For e-payment using Visa/Master cards, please click on the ‘Make ePayment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, please pay at:

Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy
Blk T1A, Level 1
Mon-Fri: 8:30am to 7:30pm


c) Cheques should be made payable to Singapore Polytechnic. Please cross the cheque and write the Registration Reference ID, Applicant Name and NRIC/FIN number on the back of the cheque. Mail the cheque to:

ATTN: PACE Academy
Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy
500 Dover Road
Blk T1A, Level 1
Singapore 139651

Withdrawal and Deferment

Withdrawal and deferment notice must be made in writing to the Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy via email to [email protected]. For withdrawal cases, the portion of course fee to be refunded is based on the date of notice as follows:

• 2 weeks before the commencement of the course - Full refund
• Less than 2 weeks before commencement of the course - 70% refund
• On or after date of commencement - No refund
* Unless otherwise stated in the course webpage

The Singapore Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the courses. Applicants will be duly notified and where applicable, the full fees will be refunded.

The Singapore Polytechnic also reserves the right to amend the fees charged or the period and duration of the courses.


General Administration PACE
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:
8.30am - 6.00pm (Mon - Thur)
8.30am - 5.30pm (Fri)

Counter Service:
8.30am - 8.00pm (Mon - Fri)

The Office is closed on Sat, Sun and Public Holiday.

Terms and Conditions





Course Date(s):

9 Oct 2017 to 4 Nov 2017


Registration Date(s):

4 Aug 2017 to 30 Sept 2017


Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. 



Duration: 40 hours conducted over 12 sessions and 4 hours for assessment

Day: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat

Time: 6pm - 9pm (Weeknight sessions), 8am - 4.30pm (Saturday sessions)

Venue: T1A27


Course Fee: $2,500 (without GST)


GST: $175.00


Please see Funding Incentives for more information


Please read the application procedure before proceeding to fill in the online application form.

1) Online application only.

2) Please prepare the softcopy of documents required before you begin the online registration. All required documents MUST BE uploaded during the online registration.

Please refer to "Documents Required for Registration". Download Declaration Form here
Complete the online application form and click ‘Submit’.

3) Upon completing your online application, please make the payment of course fee.

4) You will receive a ‘class list’ email which will include payment of course fee information.

5) You will receive an email when the course is confirmed.

Click here to register



Terms and Conditions