Solar Panel Installation Level 1

CERT - Occupational Certificate

Students enrolled in this program using a nationally developed curriculum will develop knowledge and skills to successfully install photovoltaic panels. The student will gain a basic understanding of electrical theory, wiring to proper code requirements, proper safety and panel mounting, panel positioning and tie-in to the commercial grid. Students will have the skills necessary to enter the workforce as an entry level solar panel installer.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in the installation of both residential and commercial photovoltaic panels preparing them to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Examination.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe work place (NCCER module 00101-09 – Basic Safety, subject to revision).
  • Discuss the structure of atoms and the differences between conductors and insulators.
  • Determine the type and size of a conductor for a given load and identify the correct conductor color code for a given voltage.
  • Describe the wiring methods and equipment.
  • Describe the operating principles of contactors and relays and select contactors and relays for use in specific electrical systems.
  • Explain the basic differences between emergency systems, legally required standby systems and optional standby systems.
  • Identify factors to consider in a preliminary assessment, including the local solar resource, environmental conditions and building code and utility interconnection requirements.
  • Describe the role of the building codes and code enforcement in electrical installations and identify the applicable NEC articles for both general electrical systems and PV specific requirements.
  • Identify, set up and properly use various types of ladders and scaffolding.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office or with a Faculty Advisor.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Rev. 09/2019

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
TEC 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Major Requirement
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Major Requirement
ECT 110 AC/DC Circuits 4 Major Requirement

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 115 National Electrical Code 3 Major Requirement
SLR 105 Intro to Solar Photovoltaics 1 3 Major Requirement
SLR 110 Intro to Solar Photovoltaics 2 3 Major Requirement

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 220 Electrical Installation 5 Major Requirement
ECT 225 Load Calculation 3 Major Requirement
TEC 140 Roofing Construction & Safety 2 Major Requirement
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