March 15th – April 26th: Six week self-study (online) solar course with instructor-led sessions, hands-on labs/build in Columbus, Ohio
This Residential Solar Installation & Design course is sponsored by WGRN Radio. This solar course is a comprehensive learning experience designed to take students with little or no background in electrical systems and/or solar photovoltaics.
The course provides solid foundation for those wishing to enter the industry, design and install their own residential PV system, or simply understand how this emerging and important technology works.
By the end of the course, students should have all the skills necessary to design and install residential-scale solar electric system. Students will also be certified (assuming you pass the examination) as a Level 1 ETA PV Installer – a credential recognized around the globe.
So how does the solar course work?
Online Self-Paced Study: Registered students will have access to the 40-hour online Residential Solar Installation & Design course. This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics), and is organized into 11 chapters, 71 major topic areas – with 11 review quizzes, 25 lab projects, over 550 narrated slides, dozens of integrated videos, links to online resources and materials for added comprehension and more.
Upon registration, each student will be given access to this program and can begin studying at their own pace. But most people need a bit of structure – so that will be provided as well.
Instructor-Led Study Sessions: Beginning September 1st, instructor-led sessions via Zoom will be held to walk through each chapter and session, clarifying difficult concepts and reviewing the most important highlights. These sessions will take place twice a week for six weeks (Tuesdays at 1 pm eastern and Thursdays at 5 pm eastern).
Instructor Availability via E-mail: Often questions arise and can’t wait for the next Zoom meeting. An instructor is available to answer questions via e-mail throughout the course.
Hands-On Labs/PV Installation: On April 24th – 25th, we will host course hands-on labs, that provide opportunity to work directly with actual PV systems and also fulfills the hands-on requirements of the ETA PV Level 1 certification. The hands on labs take a full day to complete. The student can choose which day best meets their schedule. Students will work in small groups and follow appropriate COVID-19 protocols. As part of this hands on event, we will actually construct and install a residential ground mounted system at a home in Columbus, OH.
Remote Hands-On Option: If it is not possible to travel to Columbus, OH to take the hands-on portion of the course, it is possible to proctor the hands-on tasks remotely (see task list below). In order for students to comply with the ETA certification requirements for remote hands-on testing they will need access to the appropriate equipment and materials. Contact the instructor to for more information.
Certification Examination: We will host an examination session on April 23rd in Columbus, OH for those who prefer the pencil an paper option. Remote proctoring is also available at a time scheduled by you.
Remotely Proctored Certification Examination: ETA now offers remote proctoring of their examinations through ExamRoom AI. In this way students can take the examination from their own device, with a live remote proctor monitoring the process. Help is available to walk students through the process of registering for the examination. The certification examination fee ($155 to ETA) is included in your course registration. However you will need to pay the $14 proctoring fee to ExamRoom AI when you schedule your examination (details on this process will be provided during the class).
The examination consists of 75 multiple choice questions (with a 2-hour time limit). Passing score is 75%.
This course content includes:
• Basic Principles and Concepts of Power
• Basic Principles and Concepts of Photovoltaics
• The Economics of Photovoltaics
• Photovoltaic System Options and Components
• Standard system configurations
• Site assessment
• Designing a PV system
• Battery Systems
• System Installation
• Permits and Required Agreements
• Testing and Commissioning the System
• System Maintenance and Troubleshooting
This course prepares you to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1. It is the first level of ETA’s certifications designed to assess renewable energy professionals. It is also a great first step for those seeking to enter the PV industry, and perhaps later prepare to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer Level 2 or NABCEP PV certification programs.
The fee for this six-week course is $599 and includes: Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination. This course may be eligible for VA and Americorps funding. Scholarships may also be available based on need. Contact us at 740-674-4300 for further details regarding the management of fees.
This course has been approved for 35 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development Hours. It appears to comply with the AIA definition of Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) – related training. While the Engineering organizations do not pre-approve courses, this structured course also appears to meet the qualification requirements for 35 hours Continuing Professional Development Education hours as defined by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.