This online eCourse is a highly interactive and innovative approach to learning based on the curriculum that offered in our popular in-person courses. Successful completion of this course qualifies students to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Associate Exam, an important credential for the solar industry. NOTE: The Associate exam was formerly known as the entry level exam and should not be confused with the Solar Installation Professional exam and certification.
Building on basic concepts of conservation and efficiency, solar industry dynamics and fundamentals of electricity, the course proceeds to cover composition of PV cells, system components, factors that impact performance, design and installation; safety is emphasized throughout. The course provides a solid foundation on which to build a career in the PV industry.
- Continuous enrollment, register and start today.
- Fifteen interactive, scenario-based eLearning modules with practice activities, integrative exercises and assessments.
- Access the course for review and reference for 1year from registration.
- “Ask the Expert;” get your questions answered quickly by expert instructors through email.
- Apply your learning in a challenging state-of-the-art PV Simulation.
- Other features include: discussion forums, PV installation videos, and Solar PV industry reference resources.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Explain how conservation of energy benefits homeowners and renters, businesses, and PV professionals
- State the advantages and disadvantages of the PV market
- Understand and define the fundamentals of electricity
- List the components of a PV module array and the factors that determine PV module performance
- Identify all components necessary for the balance of a system
- Define various terminologies related to site evaluation
- Design both Grid-Tied and Off-Grid PV systems
- Learn how to install a PV system, maintain it, and troubleshoot potential problems
- Know all safety measures necessary during installation
- Conservation & Efficiency
- PV Market, Applications, and Advantages
- Fundamentals of Electricity
- PV Modules
- Balance of System
- Factors Effecting PV Performance
- Grid-Tied PV System
- Off-Grid PV System
- PV Installation
- Maintenance and Troubleshooting of PV Systems
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Minimum Computer Requirements
Browser Internet Explorer 6,7,8, FireFox 3.0, Chrome 2.0 or Safari 3.1
Screen Resolution 1024 X 768 pixels
LAN Speed 10 Mbps
Internet Connection Speed 256 Kbps
CPU/Processor Pentium III/IV and above
Operating System Windows 2000/XP
RAM 256 MB
Hard Disk Space 1 GB
Sound Card Required, 16-bit
Color Depth 32-bit (highest)
Java Runtime Environment JRE 1.4.2_08
For pre-registration questions, call toll-free (866) 423-6475 or email Solar Living Institute's Online Course Support.
Because students will receive individual confirmations and log in information to the online program, the person registering must provide an email address for each attendee being registered.
Post-registration Technical Support
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (210) 254-1027.
Refunds, less a $40 processing fee, can be requested for up to (3) days following purchase assuming modules have been reviewed but not completed.
Optional Hands-On Solar Training
We offer a 1-day hands-on Installation Practicum for students who have completed our Online PV Design & Installation course, in Hopland, California. For the dates these workshops are offered see PV 201 in our solar training calendar.
Once you complete the course and receive your Certificate Of Completion, you may register for the NABCEP PV entry-level exam, either the computer-based testing at testing centers throughout the US and other countries, or the paper and pencil test held at the Solar Living Institute approximately 3 times per year.