5-Day Solar PV Certification Course

Date(s) - June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016
All Day

UpGrade Athens County

Want to learn how to install solar?  Maybe you even want to become certified to work in the solar field.  Now you can spend just five days of training (4 1/2 classroom instruction and 1/2 day taking the certification test) in a location near you – to realize your goal.  We have quite a selection of courses set for 2016 – located across the state (and even in Pennsylvania and Indiana).

Registration is limited to 10 students.  This course is offered in partnership (as a fund raiser) with several not-for-profits.  The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes:  Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, installation tool kit, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch.  This course is also eligible for VA and AmeriCorps funding.

A recent study shows that Solar jobs are growing at a rate 10 times the national average – and that PV installers average starting salaries are in the $20-24 per hour range (about $40,000 – $48,000 per year).

ETA Examination fees (normally $150) and course materials (installation toolkit and student workbook – also valued at around $150) are included as part of the course fee.

The course will consist of lectures (about 60%) as well as hands-on labs (also about 40%). You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. During the course you will learn to size your system according to your electrical needs, select the type of system that works best for your situation, select all the components for your system, size the wiring and over-current protection, price the system, size and select the battery bank (if needed) – basically, when you leave you will be able to design from start to finish a residential solar PV system and install it as well. This is an introductory course. We assume you have little or no background in electrical work. And while there is some math involved, it is basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Scholarships may also be available based on need.

Contact us at 740-674-4300 for further details.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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