The certification schedule covers the procedure and the timeline that must be adhered to by the applicants and the partner institutions.
The eligibility requirement for registering and taking the regional examination is illustrated in Schedule III. In brief, it requires that an applicant [must be at least 18 years of age]:
a) with at least two (2) years of practice as a solar technician; or
b) with at least two (2) years of practice as an electrician; or
c) has completed a training course conducted by a Training Institution that covered all the contents of the approved regional JTA;
can register for the regional examination.
Applicants with a Diploma, Certificate, Bachelor, Master degree and beyond in fields related to electrical, mechanical, structural, or civil engineering, or architecture are eligible for regional certification and can also register for the examination.
It is recommended that all applicants undertake the sample examination that can be found on the website to determine their preparedness for undertaking the actual examination before registering at an Examination Institution.
1) The dates of the upcoming examinations are published by the Examination Institution in the respective country and/or by the RCB.
2) An applicant must complete an application form (Schedule I refers) and submit it to the Examination Institution with all relevant supporting documents
3) The Examination Institution shall check if the application is complete and signed by the applicant seeking regional certification.
4) The Examination Institution shall prepare and share a list with the RCB of:
a) the registered applicants together with all attachments at least [ten weeks] before the exam.
b) those who applied who were found to be ineligible.
5) The RCB shall review and confirm which applicants meet the criteria and notify the Examination Institution of their eligibility.
6) The RCB shall notify the applicants [by email] that they are:
a) eligible to undertake the examination if and only if they complete the examination registration form (Schedule II refers) and pay the required examination fee; or
b) eligible to undertake the examination but the advertised course has no vacancies and they will be informed on when the next examination is available; or
c) ineligible and provide the reasons why?
7) The candidate that is eligible for sitting the examination shall:
a) sign a declaration that he/she agrees to abide by the RCB’s Code of Conduct (see Annex 1) and follow the Industry Best Practice Guidelines (see Annex 2) and
b) submit a the acceptance form (Schedule II refers) with the examination payment receipt to the examination institution [2 weeks]) before the scheduled examination. The examination fees are non-refundable.
1) The EI shall follow the procedures of the “Guidelines for Conducting Examination for the Regional Certification Scheme” when conducting the regional examination.
2) The EI shall check the identity of the candidates and ensure that the candidates abide by the examinations rules.
3) Practical examinations will be done and marked on the spot [with possible overseeing by selected RCB representative].
4) If a candidate is found cheating during the examination, the RCB with the support of the Examination Institution and examiners shall
⦁ give a strong warning to the candidate and if the candidate persists
⦁ stop the candidate from finishing the examination and inform him/her that he/she is ineligible to participate in RCS examinations within 12 months.
5) The EI shall request that all examination candidates complete the survey form (Schedule V refers)
6) The completed written examinations scripts will be evaluated by the Examination Institution in accordance with the marking scheme.
7) All results and marked scripts must be sent digitally to the RCB [at most two weeks] after the exams.
8) The EI shall submit a report on the training which includes: lessons learnt; overview of the examination results and based on the survey of the examination participants and implement any reasonable recommendation.
9) The RCB shall review the examination results and written scripts and make the final decision on candidates that meet the minimum pass mark.
1) The RCB shall notify the candidates about the results of the examination by e-mail and provide the Examination Institutions including a list of the unsuccessful candidates and their final assessed mark.
2) The RCB shall issue a Regional Certificate (with identification numbers and cards,) to successful candidates that meet the minimum pass mark (Schedule IV refers) after the examination [within four weeks].
3) RCB shall list all certified off-grid solar PV technicians on the RCB website;
4) The certificate will be posted to the EI for distribution to the successful candidates with information on how to maintain the credential as a regionally certified off-grid solar PV technician.
5) The unsuccessful candidates have the right to appeal by following the appeals process or retake the exam in accordance with the certification guidelines.
6) The initial certificate will have a validity period of 1 year [12 months from the date of issuance].
7) The 1 year validity period of the certificate may be extended to 5 years once the certified technician submits two (2) case studies and provides information on the role he/she played within the 12 months validity period of the regional certificate (Schedule VI refers to the format and requirements) to the RCB on systems they have installed.
8) The RCB shall review the case studies, re-issue a new Regional Certificate and add an identification card if the systems have been installed in accordance with industry best practice confirming that the certified PV technician has applied the knowledge that was included in the JTA and assessed in the examinations.
9) This newly issued regional certificate shall be valid for 5 years [from the expiration date of the initial certificate].
10) If the case study shows that the system does not comply with industry best practices the technician is informed of the non-compliances and the technician will not have his certificate re-issued until the non-compliances are rectified and evidence of the rectification is submitted to RCB.
1) The regional certificate shall be renewed [every five years from the date of initial issuance or from date of previous renewal].
The renewal process shall involve the Certified off-grid solar PV Technician either:
⦁ passing an oral examination; or
⦁ submitting three case studies (schedule VI refers) on systems installed in the 12 months prior to the certificate expiring; or
⦁ attending and completing a refresher training course.
2) The Certified off-grid solar PV technician shall submit an application form (schedule VII refers) and pay the renewal fee to the RCB at least three months prior to the Regional Certificate expiration date.
3) The RCB shall check if the application is complete and signed by the certified off-grid solar PV technician seeking renewal.
4) The RCB shall notify the certified off-grid solar PV technician on whether the renewal application has been successful or not and if not successful why the application has been unsuccessful.
5) The RCB shall reissue the Regional Certificate to certified off-grid solar PV technicians that meet the renewal criteria [within four weeks] and send the new certificate to the technician.
6) Certified off-grid solar PV technician that are unsuccessful in the renewal application have [eight weeks] to resubmit their updated renewal application.
7) The renewed Regional Certificate is valid for 5 years [5 years from the date of issuance].
1) The RCB shall withdraw regional certification of certified off-grid solar PV technicians when a complaint is made against the certified technician and the Complaints Sub-Committee recommends that the certification be withdrawn.
2) The RCB shall notify the certified off-grid solar PV technician in writing that his/her regional certification has been withdrawn (Note: This is final part of complaints process) and that he/she is forbidden to promote himself/herself as a Certified PV technician and that he/she shall return his/her certificate. (The ex-certified PV Installer does have the right to appeal to the RCB’s Director– see section 6.7)
3) The RCB shall remove the name of the certified off-grid solar PV technician from the website and add the name of the technician to the list on the website of the technicians who have had their certification withdrawn.