This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. Expect to dedicate an average of 5 hours per week, but you can work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. Keep in mind that the instructor will be there to answer your questions and help you learn for the duration of the course. The instructor will only be available to answer questions during the posted session dates, so ask all your questions while we’re in session. You will have access to all of the online materials for a full year. Contact Tom McCormack, your Student Advocate, if you have questions before or after the posted session dates. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.
Content of the workshop:
This 40-hour comprehensive training workshop will teach participants how solar photovoltaic systems work, how they are designed, how to predict the output of a system, and how systems are installed. The program will cover the fundamentals of PV, such as how voltage, current, power and energy interrelate (which is very different from the conventional electric systems), and also fundamental knowledge about the economics and expected payback period. Participants will determine how to calculate for variables, such as roof slope, weather patterns, shading, tilt angles, and temperature effects on voltage and equipment variables. Most of all, they will enjoy learning how to install and design safe and cost effective photovoltaic systems.
This training program is designed for those who intend to pursue a professional career in solar PV system design and installation such as solar installers, contractors, project managers, engineers, electricians, quality inspectors, technical support crew and customer service professionals in the solar energy industry.
The workshop is also ideal for everyone who as a result of already working in this field needs to deepen knowledge about the practical aspects of PV system installations. The workshop therefore unites participants from a wide range of personal backgrounds, such as electricians, engineers, energy professionals, architects, contractors, plumbers, homebuilders, salespeople, students, enthusiasts, and more.
Nicolaus J. Yuan