Solar Photovoltaic Installation

Demand for alternative and renewable energy sources and technicians qualified to install them, continues to increase dramatically in Utah.  Whether you’re a tradesman or tradeswoman already in the industry, or just looking to join the ever growing solar industry, SLCC has a program to get you started.

The Green Academy - Energy Institute of Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) offers training in Solar Photovoltaics geared toward this emerging workforce. Students in the solar classes will have the opportunity to use the newly completed Solar Training Yard, the first of its kind here in Utah. The yard is a great addition to the student experience and allows prospective technicians to increase their knowledge and skills through hands-on training. All curriculum was developed and is instructed by NABCEP certified instructors. Many of the courses offer re-licensing credit required by the Department of Occupational and Professional LIcensing (DOPL). Students must provide full license name and number to register.

Installing Solar Panels

Learn how to assemble, install and maintain Photovoltaic panels and systems with online and hands-on training!

PV Installation Certificate

This certificate acknowledges an understanding of and experience in overall system installation. It is designed for the person responsible for installation such as contractor, foreman or supervisor.

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Salt Lake Community College is an authorized provider of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam and the Entry Level Exam.

PV Installation Professional Exam

This certification demonstrates a high level of skills and experience in the solar installation field that can distinguish you from your competition.

Entry Level Exam

This recognition demonstrates to potential employers achievement of a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of application, design, installation and operation of PV systems.

Please check for additional certification requirements.

What career options are available with this training?

The Solar Career Map will help you to gain a better understanding of the diverse jobs that are growing across the industry.

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Much of the Green Academy training is based upon work supported by the U. S Department of Energy under Award Number DE-OE0000457 and DE-OE0000458.


Advanced Photovoltaic Systems

CEAE 0300
This 48 hour course builds upon the foundation of knowledge students acquire in the Basic Photovoltaic Systems course. After successful completion of course work in both the Basic and Advanced...

Basic Photovoltaic Systems

CEAE 0200
This 45 hour course introduces students to the basic principles of utility interactive photovoltaic system design. Through classroom instruction and Solar Training Yard hands-on lab activities, the...

Electrical Principles for Alternative Energy

CEAE 0100
This 45 hour course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of electricity and the National Electrical Code (NEC) pertaining to the renewable energy fields. Through class room...

NABCEP Entry Level Exam Prep

CEAE 0510

NABCEP PV Cert Exam Prep

CEAE 0500
16 hours of intensive review in a two-Saturday course designed to prepare individuals to take the NABCEP PV Installer Exam. Class instruction will be detailed and fast-paced. Class size will be...

NEC 2014 Solar Photovoltaics

CEAE 0410
This eight hour course covers the newly revised 2014 NEC requirements that govern solar installations. Gain understanding of all the new and/or revised requirements for solar PV electrical energy...