Solar Panel Installation & Maintenance Training Programs
From certificates to two-year degrees, the options that are available to those interested in solar panel installation training vary. Below, we provide a look at some of these options and hope through them you can gain a better understanding of some of your choices:
The Training Center, in Harker Heights, Texas, offers a certification for solar energy technicians that is 6 weeks in length. Students learn how to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in a hybrid laboratory and classroom environment.
You’ll take classes such as photovoltaic fundamentals, construction management, and system interconnection. Students are prepared to enter the workforce immediately after graduation and support engineers and other professionals in installing photovoltaic systems.
Indian River State College, in Fort Pierce, Florida, offers a 12-credit certificate program. Your coursework will include four three-level classes that include DC circuits, AC circuits, solar thermal systems, and solar photovoltaic systems. An electronics engineering associate degree is also available through the school.
Solar Training Academy Offers a certificate program to become a solar installer at seven campuses across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Classes include site assessment, system design, and basic photovoltaics and others. Students should be prepared to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry level exam upon completion.
Delaware Technical Community College, with locations in Dover, Georgetown and Stanton, offers a renewable energy solar associate degree that can prepare students for employment positions such as PV Installer, PV technical salesperson or solar thermal technician. This degree requires a minimum completion of 66 credits and features courses such as solar energy systems, photovoltaic systems, and electrical circuits.
Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, actually offers both an associate of arts and an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in alternative energy (solar), as well as a certificate that could be of interest to those wanting solar energy technician training. The associate degrees include classes such as passive solar systems, solar thermal systems, and solar electrical systems. The certificate program is 20 credit-hours and includes coursework and applied research projects.