Read a book: We offer a complete library of texts for the novice to the expert. In this fast growing and rapidly evolving field, we pride ourselves in the fact that the documents are updated regularly, are comprehensive and practical, and are written in a way that even regular human type people can understand.
Our books are available in paper and/or electronic formats. Special pricing and associated curriculum available for schools.
Study online: If you want to understand how PV systems are designed and installed, but don’t have the time or budget to travel across the country or the world to get in-person training, then our online training is for you. Our introductory class focused on the design and installation of residential solar PV systems is comprehensive, current, and state-of-the-art.
This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics). It 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. We also host weekly ZOOM meetings where instructors can help clarify questions and concepts.
This curriculum has been approved by ETA as preparing persons interested in obtaining the PV Level 1 Certification. It has also been approved by for 35 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development hours.
Get Certified: Our curriculum has been approved by ETA-I (Electronic Technicians Association, International) as meeting their requirements to prepare students to take the ETA PV Level 1 and ETA PV Level 2 certifications. It can also be used to help prepare you for the NABCEP Associate of NABCEP Installer certification as well, if you choose that option.
We now offer three paths to certification.
- In-Person training and testing. This is the traditional tried-and-true method. Attend one of our scheduled courses that includes classroom instruction, hands-on labs, and proctored examination. Courses are offered periodically at various locations.
- Remote training and examination, with in-person hands-on labs. This is a structured course that marries self-study with ZOOM-based instruction. Students can study at home, avoiding much of the travel expense and time away from the job. You then travel to a central location where you will work with PV systems to better understand how these components work and integrate into a complete system. In this way you can complete the hands-on requirements of certification in a one-day concentrated session, rather than over the course of a one-week long in person class.
- Remote training and examination, with remote hands-on labs. Sometimes scheduling, obligations or even viruses simply make travel impractical or impossible. For those folks who have access to PV components (from a nearby school, installation company, or perhaps you are installing your own system), we can work with you through Skype and/or ZOOM to monitor and complete the hands-on portion of the certification requirement. We will work with you individually to help facilitate this process.