The purpose of this workshop is to prepare advanced solar energy experts, architects and engineers to produce high quality specification and design documentation required by architectural design teams, engineering firms, developers and discerning property owners. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to do the following in regards to residential and small- to medium-scale commercial grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems:
Create accurate system design drawings
Write feasibility reports
Produce documents typically required for bids and building department reviews
Describe various aspects of construction administration as related to solar energy system installation
Successful completion of this course grants 24 credits of advanced PV training which can be used to satisfy the education requirement for NABCEP PV Installer certification and Continuing Education for those who already hold NABCEP PV Installer certification.
Prerequisite coursework: 40 hr. solar electric training (ONTILITY AS300 or equivalent). Significant industry experience is assumed. Field experience may be substituted for coursework. Knowledge of the NEC and familiarity with design documents and drawings is required. Use of the Internet, computer-based drawing tools (AutoCAD, Visio), advanced problem solving, and math skills are also required.
It is expected that students will attend scheduled classes regularly and on time. If an absence occurs, it is the responsibility of the student to make up all missed work. Students, who must withdraw from a class, will receive credit for work completed and may complete the course at a later date with instructor approval. Attendance will be tracked and maintained for various reporting purposes.
The curriculum for this course is based on the NABCEP Solar PV Installer Job Task Analysis and the course is accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) according to standards set by the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) Assessment Framework. In keeping with the standards of this accreditation, students are encouraged to provide informal feedback throughout the course. A survey is distributed to students on the last day of class whereby students are asked to evaluate the class and the instructor. This feedback is used to create an on-going professional development plan for instructors and to inform course improvements.
This institution complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must make their requests knows when registering for a course or workshop. If a disability is identified after class has begun, a non-retroactive accommodation plan will be developed.