Setting the Benchmark for solar PV installations

The Solar Specialist Programme is an industry driven quality assurance platform for solar PV installers and designers. The SSP is driven by-industry-for-industry and aims to set a benchmark for the Renewable Energy sector by creating a pathway for skills development, supporting job creation and ensuring quality designs and installations.

There are 4 Levels. Starting with the most basic information candidates have the opportunity to grow into a solar occupation by starting with skills development at Level 0.



Level 3

Advanced Test

For installers and designers


Level 2B

Intermediate Level

Practical Test for non-trade tested installers


Level 2A

Intermediate Level Test

Aimed at installers and designers


Level 1

Entry Level Test

For installers and designers


Level 0

Skills Development

For the unskilled and labour force

Most Installers and Designers will start at Level 1 and progress from there. Level 0 is focused on the un-skilled and labour market.

Where do I start?

The SSP has 4 levels, making provision for new entrants to learn while doing installations and for seasoned individuals to display their level of expertise.

What does it cost?

Tests and QA standards are industry driven, costs are kept low to motivate participation and knowledge growth.

At Only R500 for Level 1

How do I prepare for a test?

Simply look at the framework of what is being tested and ensure you understand the basic principles associated with each category.

Where do i write?

The SSP theoretical tests are currently offered in more than 30 different locations throughout South Afica with venues in Kenya, Namibia and Botswana following soon.


Suppliers can get involved by offering venues where candidates can write theoretical tests.

Training institutions can get involved by offering training to prepare candidates for the various levels of tests.

EPC’s can get involved by offering opportunities for new contractors to gain experience.

Participating Suppliers / Distributors