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Solar Installer Certificate Training

NABCEP Solar Entry PV & Exam

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Workforce Training & Continuing Education has been designated as an approved provider of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level course in Photovoltaic systems and Entry Level Exam. This seven (7) day series, 56 hours of training consists of class room lecture, computer analysis, to hand-on demonstrations and problem solving using Solar PV equipment. Ten (10) essential skill-sets of Learning Objectives are provided. They are as follows:

  • PV Markets and Applications
  • Safety Basics
  • Electricity Basics
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals
  • PV Module Fundamentals
  • System Components
  • PV System Sizing
  • PV System Electrical Design
  • PV System Mechanical Design
  • Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting


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All interested parties need to fill out the Application for Entry Level Solar PV Course & NABCEP Entry Level Exam (PDF). All returned applications will be reviewed by training staff. Those who are eligible will be offered a class-slot and contacted to enroll. Eligible individuals at this time are: electrical engineers, journeymen & master electricians. It is our intent to provide this important training to qualifying individuals, additional classes will be offered. Check the dates.

Do not have electrical experience? There will be other opportunities for those who lack electrical experience. Two new courses will be offered later this year: Solar Site Analysis/Assessment and Selling Solar Technology to a Growing Consumer Market. So filling out application will be a chance to get on the waiting list. 

Solar TechOnce an application has been received, candidates will be contacted to enroll into this exciting course. An investment of $875 includes the course, book, materials, and lunch. 

The above course has 16 continuing education credits for national Electrical Codes (NEC) for licensed Minnesota electricians.

Need more information? contact:

Cheryl Beaumier
Workforce Training Account Manager



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Installer Pilot Program

We are currently working to create "installs" for our students who have successfully passed their NABCEP Solar PV/Entry Level Exam. As projects come up, we are able to provide an instructor and limited number of students who need their additional two (2) installs in order to sit for the NABCEP Solar Installers exam. Below are photos showing our instructor and students installing a Solar PV system in Edina.

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Solar PV Design & Technical Sales Certificate

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This design is an example of what our students learn to do. This was a real project that was accepted.

The Solar PV Design & Technical Sales Certificate course is based on North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Job Task Analysis, and is open to anyone who wishes to enter the renewable energy field. This course requires physical activities. Ladder handling, climbing, roof safety, ropes and working with heights. If you are unsure about any or all of these activities, this course may not be for you!

The Solar PV Design & Technical Sales Certificate is a 250 hour course will introduce different methods of conducting a solar site assessment using contemporary technology to determine the solar viability of the site. After the site assessment, you will learn how to develop a design that optimizes the economic and energy opportunities of a given site. You will be guided to understand the economics of contemporary solar applications including rebate requirements, leading to a complete sales proposal.

Understanding the relationship of solar PV and the existing electrical infrastructure requires an emphasis on electrical technology. Given an understanding of how systems work, the student will develop the ability to communicate to electricians who are NABCEP certified to do the installations. Students are required to pass the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. This course requires skills in Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry to complete required tasks.

Computer software programs are used for shading, solar performance, economics and design. Using programs such as; Solar Pathfinder, Homer, PV Watts, PV Designer, Pictometry, EnergyPeriscope, OnGrid and Sketch-Up to develop solar sales proposals. Instruction on MS WORD, Excel Basic/ Intermediate and operating system is included. Financial analysis using spreadsheets and professional programs such as OnGrid gives the student power in their presentation and proposals. Formulas for return on investment, present value, cost of money and financing are covered. Sales principals and establishing good customer relationships are also highlighted.

Safety First principals are utilized in a full day of hands-on roof top training, taught by a roof safety & Rock Climbing expert sets the foundation for a long career. OSHA 10 certification is included. Class room study and out of class room site visits on real projects, makes this course one of the best.

Course Details:

  • Classes are Monday-Thursday 9:00am -3:30pm
    Site visits and project work may entail additional time.
  • All instructors NABCEP Certified Installers, with years of real-job experience in renewable energy systems.
  • Investment: $3,000
    Includes book, manuals, hand out materials, calculator, and flash-drive


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We wish to express our thanks to the following companies for donating software and/or discounting their great products and for their commitment to our students and program success:


Solmetric Corporation
SunEye 210 GPS
PV-Designer Software
Mr. Peter Hoberg, VP

OnGrid Solar
Andy Black, CEO

Energy Matters LLC
Scott Cronk, CEO

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The Aerial Oblique Photography Company
Andrew Mendola, Program Manager

Pictometry Parntership Program 


Solar PV Installer & Technical Sales Exams Refresher Course

  Date: View Course Dates and register
Time: Classes start each day at 8:30am and run until 4:30pm
Investment: $200 includes materials

Are you sitting for the final NABCEP Solar PV Installer or Solar PV Technical Sales Exam? This course is tailored for you. Individuals who are sitting for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Solar PV Installers and Solar PV Technical Sales Exams can enroll into this four evening-refresher course. Reduce the stress, refresh your memories, and hone your skills, to help ensure yourself the best possible outcomes, by enrolling into this four evening (12 hour) refresher course. Course is taught by a certified NABCEP instructor with over 50 years of solar experience. Reserve your seat now, by enrolling. Notice, this class will run with three enrollments so do not delay registering. Our goal is your success!

For more information contact:

Cheryl Beaumier
Workforce Training Account Manager

NABCEP Continuing Education Credits:
Solar Roof Safety Class

8 hours Continuing Education Credits PV & Thermal

A must course for NABCEP PV & Thermal installers. This course covers OSHA 10 on ladder and roof safety. Hands-on training covering climbing correctly along with class room instruction will help you be safe and protect you and others from falls!

For more information contact:

Cheryl Beaumier
Workforce Training Account Manager