Training programmes for Installers

Updated: 14.02.2019

Author: Saša Rajković

Training programmes for RES installers are mentioned in the Energy Act (§ 359 EZ-1) and are specifically regulated by the provisions in RS 20/2013 that is set by the Minister responsible for energy matters in agreement with the Minister responsible for environmental affairs. The document foresees the required training and its content for installers and the examination process that potential candidates need to follow. If the candidate has been successful in both theoretical and practical parts of the examination he is entitled to receive a certificate valid for 10 years (§ 8, 9 and 10 RS 20/2013).

According to the Ministry of Education there are currently no specific educational programmes for RES installers. It is however a part of the standard curriculum for electricians/installers in the subject with the title “Renewable Energy Sources”, where students learn about new technologies in the fields of RES installations.

Installers who wish to specialize as installers for RES facilities can apply for a course and specialize as any of the following: biomass, PV or heat pump installer. So far only few educational institutions offer these courses as an individual programme – an example is the School Center Velenje (a pioneer in the field), while some additional courses are organised in partnership with the School Center Velenje on other venues.

The training course is completed with an exam, which, if passed, is the basis to obtain a valid documentation of competency as a RES installer. Currently, the programme is an integral part of all electricians/installers courses.

Exam and course organisers are obliged to publish on their website information on training programmes and a list of installers, who have a valid certificate of professional competence. They are also obliged to report to the ministry responsible for energy each year by March 31 on the performance of the trainees in the past year (§ 11 RS 20/2013, § 359 EZ-1).


The training course is designed for candidates with relevant work experience or candidates who have obtained the following skills:

a) for installers of small boilers and biomass furnaces: training as a mechanical installation installer

b) for heat pump installers: training in the art plumbing, heating and cooling equipment and have basic electrical and mounting skills

c) for installers of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal: Training in plumbing engineering, electrical engineering and have knowledge of plumbing engineering, electrical engineering, roofing engineering,

d) for candidates who have completed secondary or vocational education. A three-year vocational education with practical lessons in school and are in the process, to gain adequate knowledge in points a), b) and c).

Detailed information on the requirements for an examinee is explained in § 7 of RS 20/2013.

Competent authority

Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Ministry for Education , Ministry for Agriculture and the Environment

Further information

Further information on the school is accessible under the following link: 

As well as information about the course at:

Distribution of costs


The course is financed by the state budget.


Further information

Basic information on legal sources