Solar Photovoltaic Systems (PLA)

L3 Level 3
Part Time
12 March 2024 — 15 March 2024
City Centre Campus, Cardiff
This course is available at other locations or at different start dates/levels.
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

About this course

This five day course has been developed by EALwith the aim of providing electricians with the skills and knowledge required to install small scale photovoltaic (PV) systems. The course has been structured to meet the requirements of the National Occupational Standards and is recognised as a demonstration of competence for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). 

What you will study

The assessment of the qualification involves the following aspects:
Knowledge Unit: onscreen exam - Closed book                           

Performance Unit: Practical assesment in simulated conditions.
Learners must pass all the assessments to achieve the qualification. Learners must 
complete both units to attain the qualification.

Pre-Course learning is essential.You must have a working knowledge of BS7671 A+22 and Guidance Note 3.   

Course fee per year

Part-time enrolment fee: £0.00

Entry requirements

Applicants must be conversant and have completed before applying for this course the latest version of the wiring regulations BS7671 Amendment 2022, and a L3 inspection and testing qualification.

To take this qualification applicants must be competent electricians and hold one of the following college and work-based qualifications.

Level 3 NVQ Electrical Qualification and AM2 (Trade) Certificate.

Level 3 Electrotechnical Experienced Worker Qualification and AM2 (Trade) Certificate.


A current ECS Gold Card, as a JIB Electrician, or Approved Electrician.


A current competent person scheme (NAPIT or NICIEC) member and L3 Inspection and Testing.

Stand-alone college only based L2 & L3 technical certificates/Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQ) are NOT acceptable.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

12 March 2024

End date

15 March 2024

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

32 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

Course code



60051759 EAL Level 3 Award In the Installation of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Career prospects & further study

Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation course.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

Automotive Centre,
City Centre Campus,
Dumballs Road,
CF10 5FE