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PV Entry Level Program

Build Your Foundation in Solar PV

Course Details

Category : Solar Photovoltaics
Credit Hours : 24 Hours Online or 24 Hours in 3 Days Classroom
Format : Self Paced Online or Live Classroom
Professional Certificate : Solar PV Entry Level Program
Recommended For : Building a foundation in Solar PV & Taking the NABCEP Entry Level Exam

This solar PV training program is designed for those wanting to enter the pv industry the right way. This solar training provides the skills needed for a variety of professions to work with PV systems and to understand the PV industry. This PV training creates the foundation needed to take the next step into our advanced solar courses, such as our PV Hands-On Installation, PV Commercial Design or PV Sales and Finance courses.

What Will You Gain?
You’ll gain the technical knowledge needed for entry level sales, marketing, installation and design positions in the Solar PV Industry. You’ll have the knowledge of technology, sizing, design and installation techniques needed to be professionally involved with Solar PV systems. You’ll have the basis of knowledge to understand trends and developments in the industry. You’ll also be well prepared for the NABCEP Entry Level exam, your first professional certificate and distinction in Solar PV.

Self Paced Online Description
You will be able to learn from our cutting edge online training program around your schedule. This solar training program is broken down into multiple modules that will help create a comfortable study pace for you. Our online training platform is owned by us, which means that we have full control and no excuses to deliver a quality user experience. There are quizzes attached to each module that will help you build confidence with the knowledge obtained. There is no need to rush through the training program because we give you 3 months to complete the training program.

Live Classroom Description
Take this training with interested peers at one of our locations. This solar training program is broken down into modules that will help guide the students along their path of completion. Our instructors make sure that all students are progressing along requiring student involvement every step of the way. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

Who Should Attend?
Designers, architects and engineers that is looking to get involved or is already involved with solar PV services should take this course. Any professional in the solar PV industry who is involved in producing system designs, quotes, or bid proposals should take this course. Any utility, incentive program, AHJ, or code enforcement employee responsible for reviewing these proposals should take this course as well. Any non-installation professional in solar PV, such as sales, marketing, finance, legal or management, will benefit greatly too. Marketing, policy, finance, or analyst professionals will gain an understanding of the context and meaning behind the driving forces in the Solar PV industry and the factors leading to a system’s financial return. Client facing professionals will be able to speak confidently about solar PV, and job seekers will be able to dazzle in the interview process for their first positions at a solar PV company. Individuals looking to learn how to install should also take this program prior to taking our advanced solar installation training.


Course Modules
  • PV-101: Solar Resource & Terminology

    • Solar resource
    • Evaluating the solar window
    • PV terminology
    • Differentiate between solar irradiance & irradiation
    • Photovoltaic effect 
    • Defining concepts of global, direct, diffuse & albedo radiation

  • PV-102 : Solar PV Industry, History and Trends

    • Identify key contributions to the development of PV technology
    • Advantages and disadvantages of PV systems
    • Segments within the PV industry
    • PV policy
    • Your effect on photovoltaics
    • Forecasts and grid parity
    • Manufacturing
    • PV history
    • Technology and research

  • PV-103 : Photovoltaics System Types

    • Identify common types of PV system applications for both grid tied and off-grid tied systems
    • Features and benefits for different systems

  • PV-104 : PV System Component Technology

    • Describe the purpose and principles of operation for major PV system components
    • PV system balance of system components, describing their functions and specifications
    • Inverters, charge controllers, junction and combiners boxes, disconnects, and more

  • PV-105 : PV Module Technology

    • PV cell types
    • Difference between cell technologies
    • Standards and module certifications

  • PV-210 : Introduction to Electricity

    • Understanding the meaning of basic electrical parameters
    • Current, voltage, power and resistance
    • Difference between electrical power and energy
    • Ohm's Law
    • Fundamentals of electricity

  • PV-211 : PV Safety

    • Workplace safety
    • OSHA standards
    • Ladder safety
    • Roof safety
    • Personal protective equipment

  • PV-212 : PV Site Analysis, Shade Analysis, and System Sizing

    • Performing a shade analysis
    • Identifying proper locations for system components
    • Utilizing shade analysis tools
    • Assess mounting locations

  • PV-213 : Grid Tied Design

    • Electrical design
    • Mechanical Design
    • System sizing calculations
    • NEC 690 code compliance
    • IV curves

  • PV-214 : Off-Grid Design

    • Battery storage calculations
    • Load analysis
    • Off-grid fundamentals
    • Battery enclosure
    • Depth of discharge

  • PV-220 : PV Project Elements, Participants and Processes

    • Critical project elements
    • Project participants
    • Site visit information gathering
    • Project processes

  • PV-221 : PV Mechanical Installation

    • Install equipment foundation
    • Install mounting system
    • Install PV modules

  • PV-222 : PV Electrical Installation

    • Electrical wiring
    • Wire management risks
    • Wire protection
    • System grounding
    • Ground fault protection
    • Arc fault protection
    • Connector installation
    • Weather proofing
    • Insulation types and applications
    • Thermal expansion/contraction
    • Underground circuits coverage

  • PV-223 : PV System Commissioning and Performance Verification

    • Test the system
    • Commission the system
    • Complete system documentation
    • Orient customer to system

  • PV Entry Level Final Exam

    • Final Exam consisting of 60 questions cumalative content.