Solar PV Installer
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Program Overview

Our 40-hour Solar PV Installer course includes hands-on solar PV installation as well as system maintenance and troubleshooting techniques. This course will provide individuals with the knowledge to assemble solar panels, a key concept to enter the solar industry. Solar PV Installer covers advanced electrical and mechanical integration of solar PV modules, racks and components. We want to help you build upon your renewable energy credentials and help meet the growing demand for solar installation experts!

Who Should Attend?

As a natural progression to follow the Solar PV Associate course, this Solar Installer course is designed for those individuals wanting to know how to physically install solar panels, modules and components. Students will be constructing an actual array on a roof deck rack and installing the balance of components including inverters, charge controllers and battery banks for grid-tied and off-grid systems.

This course will provide you with the skills required to work for an installer, or to work toward becoming a Solar Contractor yourself. In addition, you will be on your way toward qualifying to take the NABCEP Certified PV Installer Exam.

Please note that requirements to install solar devices vary from state to state. In the State of New Jersey,  the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Board of Electrical Examiners has determined that installation of solar panels emitting voltage greater than 10 volts must be installed by a licensed electrical contractor who holds a NJ business permit for electrical contracting.  This requirement does not apply to the mechanical installation of solar systems such as racks, roofing supports, etc.  New York State and Pennsylvania do not issue Contractor Licenses at the state level.  Please check with you local municipality.


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Additional Information

Everblue is teaming up with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) to offer certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America. The NABCEP is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. NABCEP’s mission is to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders–is intended to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.

NABCEP's Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge

NABCEP offers an entry level Certificate of Knowledge aimed at students wanting to get into the solar photovoltaic field. After taking a course from an approved provider and passing a national exam, this Certificate shows that the recipient has achieved basic knowledge, comprehension and application of key terms and concepts of photovoltaic (solar electric) systems operations. The Certificate by itself does not qualify an individual to install PV systems but it does prepare them for employment in the field.

As the market grows for photovoltaics, the person holding this industry-sponsored Entry Level Certificate is likely to find that their employment opportunities are enhanced by starting the job with an understanding of the basic terms and operational aspects of a PV system and that their NABCEP Entry Level Certificate is noticed by potential employers.

Solar credentials: what are they?

Certified, certificate holder, accredited,and licensed—do you know what they mean? What’s the difference between them?

In the rapidly evolving world of renewable energy credentials for installers and training organizations, knowledge is power.

In the February/March 2010 edition of Home Power Magazine, NABCEP’s Ezra Auerbach explains and demystifies the terms to help the consumer know what to look for when selecting a solar installer. Typically, certification status is awarded to an individual, and NABCEP is the organization that certifies solar photovoltaic and solar thermal installers.

Accreditation, on the other hand, is a credential awarded to a program or an organization that has met rigorous standards. The non-profit, Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ), develops and maintains international standards for renewable energy training providers.

Read the article in the February/March 2010 edition of Home Power Magazine.

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