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Background

The Government of India has set an ambitious target of 100 gigawatts of solar capacity in the country by the year 2022, out of which 40 gigawatts are to be installed on rooftops. As on July 2015, the total installed solar capacity in India was just over 4.1 gigawatts, while under 99 megawatts (i.e. 0.099 gigawatts) were installed on rooftops.

Rooftop solar systems offer tremendous advantages such as lower transmission and distribution losses, lower investment amounts, lesser number of clearances, public participation and higher employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

One of the most critical component of aggressive rooftop solar deployment is the availability of highly skilled and qualified installers. It is estimated that India will need approximately 10,00,000 solar technicians by 2022 to meet its targets.

The National Certification Programme for Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Installer (this “Certification Programme”) is framed keeping this background in mind.

Vision & Mission

The Vision of this Certification Programme is ‘Decentralized Empowerment of Local Institutions with Global Capabilities’.

The Mission of this Certification Programme is to establish a conducive but robust training framework throughout the country to not only train and certify rooftop solar photovoltaic technicians, but also open doors towards successful entrepreneurship.

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee outlines the course technical objectives while ensuring relevance to the industry, undertakes responsibility of developing and upgrading curriculum and content to meet the course objectives, trains to certify Trainers, reviews the progress of the overall programme, and resolves any technical difficulties if and when they arise.

  • Dr. P. C. Pant
    Director (HRD, Innovative Programmes & Energy Storage)
    Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India

    Dr. P. C. Pant works on institutionalizing renewable energy education in India by the way of developing Centres of Excellence at selected higher education institutions, and also strengthening the capacities of Industrial Training Institutions for running renewable energy courses for tradesman. He represents MNRE in a number of committees such as Governing Council of ANERT Kerala, Executive Agency of MGIIREPD Bangalore, Power Sector Skill Development Council, National Task Force on Green Jobs, Steering Committee of National Mission on Power Electronics.

  • Mr. Arvind Karandikar
    Managing Director, Nexus Energytech Private Limited

    Mr. Arvind Karandikar is a Technical Advisor and Consultant to several rooftop solar photovoltaic projects and programmes undertaken by multilateral agencies and governments such as the World Bank, European Union, USAID, GIZ as well as private and public sector companies. In addition, Mr. Karandikar is also a regular faculty for trainings at the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE, an Autonomous Body of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India) as well as Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI).

  • Mr.Toine van Megen, Representative of Auroville Consulting
    Co-Founder, Auroville Consulting

    Mr.Toine van Megen represents Auroville Consulting, which provides multi-disciplinary expertise to project developers, manufacturers and policy makers undertaking ecologically responsible development projects in areas of renewable energy, waste management, green buildings, water harvesting, landscaping, organic food and awareness campaigns. In the area of rooftop solar photovoltaics, Auroville Consulting has extensive experience and expertise in research & innovation, strategic & operational planning, implementation, communication, documentation & design, policy advisory and capacity building.

  • Mr. Tanmay Bishnoi
    Solar Consultant,Trainer and Certified Assessor

    Mr. Tanmay Bishnoi specialized in solar photovoltaic power plant design, engineering, energy yield assessment, financial analysis and energy economics, performance audit and plant optimization. He is a Consultant Trainer with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME, Govt. of India) and a Capacity Building Specialist/ Master Trainer/ Solar Photovoltaic Consultant at the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE). He is also and Empanelled Solar Consultant with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Mr. Bishnoi is a Civil Engineer from National Institute of Technology (NIT)Warangal,who did his masters from Kingston University London, and specialized in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies from Stanford University USA. He is a qualified Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) holder in ‘Energy Efficiency in Buildings’ and ‘Renewable Energy Management & Finance’, and a certified Solar Designer by the European Union Energy Centre.

  • Mr. Shyam Sundar N S
    Director & Country Manager, Studer Innotec India Pvt Ltd.

    Mr. Shyam Sundar NS heads the business development, system design, inverter localization, manufacture facility establishment and training at Studer Innotec India Pvt. Ltd. He has an extensive experience working in companies such as AEG Power Solutions, Wipro Eco Energy and Shell Solar India in various capacities ranging from MW-scale, rooftop, BIPV and solar thermal project management, system engineering, and product engineering. Mr. Shyam Sundar also has an extensive experience in training for technicians as well as professionals.

  • Mr. Shailender Rana
    Principal Consultant, Lifeworks Unlimited

    Mr. Shailender Rana has more than 11 years of experience in marketing, sales & human capital across various industries like FMCG, retail, information technology, financial services, telecom and NGOs at all levels in India. He has trained client employees on presentation skills, business communication, customer relationship management, leadership & motivation, stress free productivity, mind management, team building, time management, effective selling, yoga and meditation. Some of his clients include Credit Suisse, Amazon, Aditya Birla Group, Bajaj Finserv, HP India, OTIS Elevators and the Art of Living. Mr. Rana’s educational background includes an MBA from IIM-K and a B.Tech degree in Electronic & Communications.

  • Dr. Omkar Jani
    Principal Research Scientist (Solar Energy Research Wing)
    Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI)

    Dr. Omkar Jani heads solar energy-related activities at GERMI and overlooks research, advisory, project management consulting and training activities. He is instrumental in developing GERMI into a globallyrecognized institute in a short timespan. He is also a member of the State Advisory Committee of the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission. Dr. Jani received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology with specialization in Solar Photovoltaic Science and Engineering; and did his post-doctoral fellowship from the Institute of Energy Conversion, University of Delaware.

  • Mr. Akhilesh Magal
    Head-Solar Advisory
    Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI)

    Mr. Akhilesh Magal is the Head, Solar Advisory at GERMI. Earlier, he was the Senior Manager, Consulting at Bridge to India primarily focusing on business intelligence and strategies in dynamic emerging markets such as India; he was also among the core in building the company. Among many reports he has authored, one of relevant here is India’s first and only flagship report titled, “Grid Integration of Distributed Solar PV in India: A review of technical aspects, best practices and the way forward’. He is an Environment Engineer from Carnegie Mellon University and is an expert on solar policies and grid integration of renewable energy.

  • Prof. Akash Davda
    Scientist-E2, (Solar Energy Research Wing)
    Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI)

    Prof.Akash Davda manages applied research for renewable energy projects at GERMI especially in the area of renewable energy and grid integration, micro-grids and energy & PV power plant audits. He is a Certified Energy Manager and Energy Auditor by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE, Govt. of India) with over 13 years of experience in research, academics and administration. Prof. Davda has pursued his B.E. and M.E. in Electrical Engineering, both with honors. He has several research papers to his credit and is a member/ life member of various professional bodies like IEEE, ISTE, ISES, etc.

  • Training Coordinator

  • Ms. Narinderjit Kaur Sethi
    Deputy Manager (Training)
    Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI)

    Ms. Narinderjit Kaur Sethi has rich and varied experience serving the UN agency, UNICEF and International as well as the National Non-Government agencies like Spanish Red Cross, Water and Sanitation Management Organisation (WASMO) and Handicap International on the issue of Primary Education, Health, Natural Resource Management, Water Resource Management, Mainstreaming Disability Issues, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. Her Bachelor's qualification is in Arts (Psychology) with distinction and has a Master's in Social Sciences from M. S. University of Vadodara. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management.

About GERMI

Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) is a centre of excellence in industry learning and has set up to develop human resource assets to cater to the renewable as well as conventional energy sectors, improve knowledge base of policy-makers and technologists, and provide a competitive edge to leaders to compete in the global arena.


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Mission

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GERMI’s Solar Activities

Authorized Training Centres


Gujarat Institute Of Solar Energy (GISE)
Office Address:
B-103, Sakal 24, Nr. Savita Green Party Plot, B/H Shrinath Bunglows Chandkheda, Ahmedabad-382424
Workshop Address:
Maharshi Gurukul - Opp -Akshardham Tample, Sector -20, Borij, Gandhinagar
Web: www.gise.in
Contact Person  : Dipti Harit Shah
Designation  : Director
Landline  : 079-27680122
Mobile  : +91 9898167732 / +91 7046188888
Email  : director@gise.in


Bergen Institute on Research for Development of Skills (BIRDS)
Office Address:
311, Time Tower, M.G. Road, Gurgaon – 122007, Haryana
Web: www.bergengroupindia.com
Contact Person  : Gp. Capt. Yogesh Sharma
Designation  : Director
Landline  : 0124-6519037
Mobile  : +91-9871003256
Email  : yogesh@bergengroupindia.com


TRIVEDI & ASSOCIATES TECKNICAL SERVICES (P.) LTD.
Office Address:
107-113, Sid-Cup Tower, Near Marble Arch, Race Course Circle, Vadodara - 390007
Workshop Address:
Survey No.-530, Village - Nana fofdia, Taluka - Dabhoi, Gujarat 
Web: www.trivediassociates.co.in
Contact Person  : Mr. Parvinchandra N. Trivedi
Designation  : Chairman & Managing Director
Landline  : 0265 2343511
Mobile  : +91-9825144045
Email  : hht@trivediassociates.co.in


Silver Oak Shops & Offices Co-operative Housing Society Ltd.*
Office Address:
352, 353 A, Near Bhavik Publication, Opp. Bhagwat Vidhyapith, S.G.Highway, Ahmedabad-382481
Web: www.socet.edu.in
Contact Person  : Dr. Saurin Shah
Designation  : Principal
Landline  : 079 66046603
Mobile  : +91-9408060155
Email  : principal@socet.edu.in


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Training Structure

Course Name : National Certification Programme for Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Installer
Sector : Renewable Energy
Specific Segment : Rooftop Solar Photovoltaics (PV)
Type of Course : (Vocational) Installer Certification
Total Hours : 204 hours (consisting of 96 theory hours + 108 practical hours)
Course Duration : 3 months (12 weeks)

A Typical Week

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thurday Friday Total
Focus Theory Theory Theory Soft-Skill Practicals -
Theory (hours) 2 2 2 2 0 8
Theory (hours) 1 1 1 1 5 9
Total 3 3 3 3 5 17

Note : This Certification Programme may be slightly modified by universities and similar institutions in order to synchronize with their academic calendar. Also some Authorized Training Centres may also conduct evening or weekend classes. Please inquire at your Authorized Training Centre to find out about the exact schedule and calendar.

Why become a Certified Installer ?

For Electricians and Domestic Technicians, Rooftop solar Photovoltaics (PV) is a unique and upcoming sector, which requires several cross-cutting electrical, mechanical, civil and structural skills. Such systems carry high DC voltages and are expensive;hence,safety,standard and performance compliance become very critical. Because rooftop PV system are small in size and large in numbers,in order to ensure quality,many countries have also mandated Installer Certification.

For University Students, this Certification Programme would provide the much-required hands-on skills enhancing their employability. This Programme also lays the very foundation for advance skill development such as designing of more complex PV systems,performance assessment,Owner’s Engineering,financial calculations,and even research.

For Professionals, this Certification Programme would serve as a fundaments course enhancing the understanding and appreciating how photovoltaic systems work. Moreover, this Programme is designed in a very flexible manner, where it can be conducted in the evenings and also weekends. Please contact your local Authorized Training Centres to know more about their timings.

Generally, as this sector is poised to grow, this sector also offers many entrepreneurship opportunities, which would require soft skills,awareness about administrative processes,and preliminary financial knowledge.

This Certification Programme is carefully designed by industry and academic experts providing updated resources and encompassing all necessary requirements to confidently distinguish the Certified Installer before his/ her Employers as well as Clients.

Who is eligible for the Certification Programme?

The minimum criteria for eligibility for registering into the Certification Programme are that.

Electricians who have been practicing for at least 5 years and possess basic writing skills can also be considered for the Certification Programme based on the discretion of the Authorized Training Centre where the Candidate wishes to register.

In addition to these minimum eligibility criteria,an Authorized Training Centre may have its own selection process,which the Candidate would have to undergo.

How can I register into the Certification Programme?

It is simple.

Universities,Colleges, ITIs that are running this Certification Programme may have a slightly different process. So please contact them directly to understand their registration process.

Become An Authorized Training Center

Technicians under the National Certification Programme for Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Installer are only trained and certified through Authorized Training Centres (ATC) in order to ensure overall quality of content, delivery and learning. It is through our ATCs that the vision and objectives of this overall Certification Programme can be achieved.

Who can become an Authorized Training Centre?

Any institute, old or new, with required resources (infrastructure and manpower) and commitment to excellence is welcome to become an ATC. The institute can be an already existing training centre, a university or a college, an industrial training institute (ITI), a solar company wishing to set up value-added in-house training, and so on.

The applicant institute will be required to:
Please see the Process Outline to become an ATC.

Process Outline

PART A : SETTING UP AN AUTHORIZED TRAINING CENTRE
Step 1 : Institute will apply express its interest to GERMI by for becoming an Authorized Training Centre (ATC).
 (Please use the Expression of Interest Form and submit along with the necessary annexures.)

  After preliminary verification, GERMI will provide an in-principle approval to this institute along with the
  necessary compliance requirements (including training manpower, laboratory, infrastructure, etc.).

  Based on this in-principle approval, the institute will…

Step 2 : Get its trainers trained and certified by GERMI through a 2-week course
  (Please use the ToT Workshop Registration Form and submit along with the necessary annexures.)

  …and…

Step 3 : Establish the necessary Training and Laboratory Infrastructure based on the detailed compliance requirements provided by GERMI.

  Once Steps 2 & 3 are complete, GERMI (or Authorized Representative) will inspect the training institute. Upon successful inspection,GERMI
  will certify institute as Authorized Training Centre (ATC).




PART B : RUNNING THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMME
Step 4 : ATC will develop its own training calendar and will market the Certification Programme to student trainees.

 Student trainees will apply directly to the ATC.
 (Please use the Trainee Admission Form along with the necessary annexures required in the form.)

Step 5 : The ATC will scrutinize the application forms and admit trainees based upon…
  1. Meeting the minimum eligibility criteria, and
  2. ATC’s own internal selection process, if any.

Step 6 : ATC will conduct the Certification Programmes based on the syllabus and content provide, and report the trainee’s grades to GERMI on a
  regular basis.

 GERMI will conduct the final examination, and after evaluation of all the grades of the trainees, award the Installer Certification to the successful
  trainees.

Become a Certified Trainer

Certified Trainers are the most critical link that will connect this Certification Programme’s knowledge to the technicians. The Certified Trainer’s job involves…

How to become a Certified Trainer?

For trainers/ teachers teaching at any institute/ organization, you can apply using Apply using the ToT Workshop Registration Form. If you institute/ organization has applied to become an ATC or is already an ATC, then please submit the form to GERMI through them.


Individuals can apply within their personal capacity too using the ToT Workshop Registration Form. Once certified, they can train at ATCs.

Programme Updates

25 April 2016

Third training of trainers is scheduled from 13 June – 25 June 2016 at GERMI, Gandhinagar. Deadline for application is 03 June 2016.

19 March 2016

Second training of trainers (08 Mar. – 19 Mar. 2016) successfully completed at New Delhi.

11 December 2015

First training of trainers (30 Nov. – 11 Dec. 2015) successfully completed at GERMI, Gandhinagar. Please find the Participants Database of the Training and valuable Feedbacks of the Participants here.

20 September 2015

The National Certification Programme is now accepting applications for Authorized Training Centres (ATC).

18 September 2015

Technical Committee for the Certification Committee got approved. Meet the Technical Committee here.

Training Calendar for Trainers

Date Type of Training Venue
28 November 2016 to
10 December 2016
Training of Trainer Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute (GERMI)
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Campus, Raisan
Gandhinagar 382 007, Gujarat
19 September 2016 to
01 October 2016
Training of Trainer Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute (GERMI)
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Campus, Raisan
Gandhinagar 382 007, Gujarat
13 June 2016 to
25 June 2016
Training of Trainer
(Participants Database)
Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute (GERMI)
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Campus, Raisan
Gandhinagar 382 007, Gujarat
8 March 2016 to
19 March 2016
Training of Trainer
(Participants Database)
New Delhi
31 November 2015 to
11 December 2015
Training of Trainer
(Participants Database)
Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute (GERMI)
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Campus, Raisan
Gandhinagar 382 007, Gujarat

Register using the ToT Workshop Registration Form.

For technician training, please contact Authorized Training Centres directly.

Please Contact Us for any questions or queries.

In the News

20 January 2016

GERMI wins the consultancy mandate to prepare a master plan for GIFT city as a solar city, a 40 week project that involves preparing of policies and development regulation for GIFT city project.

27 November 2015

GERMI wins the project from the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) to perform site survey and prepare DPR at various locations across Jharkhand state.

11 September 2015

GERMI wins the Earth Care Award-2015 under the ‘Innovation’ category for developing a novel public private partnership (PPP) model for accelerating deployment of rooftop solar photovoltaic installations on residential, public and government buildings.

18 May 2015

GERMI is awarded the project for ‘Development of Best Practices Manual for implementation of state-level rooftop solar photovoltaic programmes for India’ by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE),Government of India.

12 January

National Certification Programme for Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Installer launched by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Coal, Power and Renewable Energy on 12 January 2015.

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13 June - 25 June 2016

3rd Training of Trainer of National Certification Programme

8 March - 19 March 2016

2nd Training of Trainer of National Certification Programme

30 November – 11 December 2015

1st Training of Trainer of National Certification Programme

11 September 2015

Earth Care Award 2015 awarded to GERMI

27 July 2015

11th Solar Power Professional Workshop @ GERMI

12 January 2015

Launch of the Certification Programme

Contact Information

Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI)


1st Floor, Energy Building
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) Campus
Gandhinagar, Gujarat - 382 007
INDIA

Programme Coordinator

Prof. Akash Davda
Scientist E2


M: +91-90990 14 828

P: +91-79-2327 5362

F: +91-79-2327 5380

E: akash.d@germi.res.in

Contact

Ms. Radhika Savalia
Sr. Research Fellow


M: +91-90998 11 314

F: +91-79-2327 5380

E: radhika.s@germi.res.in

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