Renewable Energy Workshop Assistants

This Skills Programme is accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and covers unit standards at NQF Level 4 with 24 credits. Employers placing their employees on this learnership programme can receive a tax rebate from SARS for each learner.

Course Duration: 24 Days

A Renewable Energy Workshop Assistant will be able to identify, select, use, care for, hand and power tools within a Renewable Energy environment. The qualifying learner will know the functioning and operating requirements for hand and power tools, to monitor quality conformance; including health, safety and environmental requirements.



The typical learners for the skills programme are employed and unemployed South Africans, including those employed or previously employed in low-skilled occupations.

A consortium of sector organisations, including Green Cape, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies and South African Wind Energy Association, conducted and supported earlier studies by identifying the need for training in the Renewable Energy sector in South Africa.

Minimum entry requirements: NQF Level 1.

Course Duration: 24 Days
  • Get you a job in the renewable energy sector: solar farm, solar installation companies, wind farms, etc.
  • Develop you into a skilled renewable energy workshop assistant
  • You will learn how to use hand-, power- and measuring tools to install, maintain and repair renewable energy installations
  • Work safely with due care for yourself, others, equipment, materials and the environment
  • Access further learning to qualify as a certified service technician in Renewable Energy occupations (see below).

This skills programme is related to the following full qualifications:

  • Occupational Certificate: Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician
  • Occupational Certificate: Hot Water System Installer (Solar Water Installer)
  • Occupational Certificate: Wind Turbine Service Technician
Course Duration: 24 Days


Topic 1: Introduction to Renewable Energy

Topic 2: Overview of Renewable Energy 

Topic 3: Legal and economic frameworks

Topic 4: Legislation and regulations for workplace safety pertaining to Renewable Energy

Topic 5: Occupational health and safety legislation

Topic 6: Safety precautions and safe practices for working within industry and PV sites (including electrical burns)

Topic 7: Personal protective equipment

Topic 8: Safety symbols and colour coding

Topic 9: Fundamentals of isolating and locking out equipment and processes

Topic 10: Fundamentals of securing worksites

Topic 11: Protection devices

Topic 12: Causes, prevention and control of fires

Topic 13: Hazard identification and risk principles

Topic 14: Environmental protection and pollution concepts

Topic 15: Incident reporting

Topic 16: Evacuation procedures

Topic 17: Company or worksite safety procedures

Topic 18: Prolonged exposure to radiation (PPE)

Topic 19: Fundamentals of electricity

Topic 20: International System of Units (SI) symbols, atomic structure and electronic terms

Topic 21: Hand tools and power tools

Topic 22: Marking-off equipment

Topic 23: Lifting equipment

Topic 24: Soldering equipment and wiring techniques

Topic 25: Equipment for riveting



Topic 1: Mitigate and respond to hazards

Topic 2: Select, use and care of engineering hand tools

Topic 3: Select, use and care of power tools and equipment

Topic 4: Perform marking-off activities

Topic 5: Select, use and care of mechanical instruments

Topic 6: Rivet materials together

Topic 7: Perform soft soldering activities

Topic 8: Lift loads