Training of Photovoltaic Installers in Europe
The European Energy and Climate Change policies, as well as the supporting EU Member States’ legislations have resulted in high market growth for photovoltaics. Applying PV technologies however, requires highly-qualified technicians to install, repair and maintain them. Until today, national markets have been growing faster than the qualified PV installers force can satisfy. Furthermore, the interested parties (manufacturers, developers, investors) seek skills certification and quality assurance in all phases of a PV installation (design, installation and maintenance). The shortage of qualified workforce may result to poorly installed systems with negative impact on the PV industry’s credibility and development.
The PVTRIN training and certification scheme, creating a qualified installer workforce, supports the European Photovoltaic industry in addressing the need for skilled technicians. It will, initially, be implemented in six (6) countries: Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania and Spain, incorporating the criteria set by the 2009/28/EC Directive for qualification schemes in each Member State, as well as the national legislation.
The PVTRIN is supported by the Intelligent Energy-Europe programme of the European Commission.