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Solar Power Professional

Get the renewable energy training you need as you learn the basics of solar systems, their benefits, and their many applications. Examine the history of photovoltaic solar power, and gain a sense for where the PV industry is headed. We'll start with basic safety, including how to avoid potential accidents and how to create a safe work environment as well as the use of protective equipment.

You'll master the fundamentals of electricity and solar energy, including how to calculate simple circuit values and predict solar position using solar path diagrams. Upon completion of this course, you'll have a thorough understanding of PV applications, working safety as it pertains to this field, basic electricity, and PV module fundamentals.

3 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Trocaire College

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Solar Power Professional

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES722

What You Will Learn
  • Describe the history of PV technology and industry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and solar terminology
  • Identify safety hazards, practices, and protective equipment used during PV system installation and maintenance
  • Calculate simple circuit values
  • Describe basic solar movement and effect of earth tilt
  • Predict solar position using solar path diagrams
  • Identify factors that reduce or enhance solar irradiation
  • Explain how solar cells convert sunlight into electric power
  • Label key points on an IV curve
  • Illustrate effect of series and parallel connections on IV curve
  • Define measurement conditions for solar cells and modules
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain the knowledge you'll need for an entry level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company
  • Learn the required safety and communication skills needed to thrive on the job
  • Understand the functions and benefits of PV solar powered energy systems and be able to articulate them to potential customers
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by going the extra mile to receive training directly related to the industry

Outline

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PV Markets and Applications

Learn how to work safely around operational and non-operational PV systems.

Basics of Electricity

Understand electricity terminology, how to use a digital multi-meter, and how to calculate simple circuit values.

Solar Terminology

Develop the vocabulary and communication skills necessary to confidently discuss the solar industry.

Solar Position

Study solar movement and the tilt of the earth. Learn how to predict solar position and understand how this pertains to your job.

PV Module Fundamentals

Explore how sunlight can be converted to usable power and understand module output values.

Electrical Output and Comparing Characteristics

Complete the course by understanding how to compute electrical output, as well as how to compare characteristics of various module technologies.

Details
  1. PV markets and applications
    1. How to work safely around operational and non-operational PV systems
  2. Basics of electricity
    1. Electricity terminology
    2. Using a digital multi-meter
    3. How to calculate simple circuit values
  3. Solar energy fundamentals
    1. Solar terminology
    2. Describing solar movement and earth tilt
    3. Predicting solar position
  4. PV module fundamentals
    1. How sunlight is converted to usable power
    2. Understanding module output values
  5. Computing electrical output and comparing characteristics of various module technologies
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Instructors & Support

Adam Zellhoefer

Adam Zellhoefer is a NABCEP certified solar installer. He brings a wealth of knowledge in solar design and physics, having spent many years teaching at Cabrillo’s solar power program. Zellhoefer also served as an assistant to Joe Jordan, a pioneer in renewable energy.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

This course is for you if you want to learn the skills required for an entry level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company.

There are no specific prerequisites to take this course, but you should have basic skills or knowledge of keyboarding (typing), using computer courses and the Internet, and a good command of English grammar and punctuation. No previous experience is required.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC. A Mac is not compatible.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Photovoltaic Systems

About Certification

nabcep

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the “gold standard” of the solar and photovoltaic (PV) heating installation industry. The organization wishes to promote the use of eco-friendly energy sources by raising the standards of the industry and thereby ensuring consumer confidence. NABCEP administers several certifications, and if you are interested in becoming a solar power professional, earning these credentials is a great start to your career. Distinguish yourself from the competition by completing a course certified by NABCEP today.

FAQs

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are online, so you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

No.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive three (3) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

What jobs will the training prepare students to fill?

This course provides students with the knowledge required for a career at multiple levels of solar businesses, including: Sales, Assembly, Installation, Engineering, Manufacturing, Administration, Storage, Research and Development, Marketing, and much more!

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