The FY22 training package includes: (1) Solar System Fundamentals (PVOL101, PVOL203 and NABCEP Exam – also referred to as the NABCEP PV Associates Exam Prep Package) ‐ Students who complete the training will be able to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. This exam will be scheduled prior to the September 30, 2021 deadline, however the actual date of the exam may fall after the deadline, as it is administered by NABCEP (please see https://www.nabcep.org/certifications/associate‐program/ for more information about PV Associate exam); and (2) Solar Safety for residential/commercial roof‐mounted installations and for large‐scale ground‐mounted installations (also referred to as the Solar Safety Training Package).
Overview of PVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid‐Direct)
This training will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems. The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. The course will also cover the basics of sizing a residential grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and grounding.
Overview of PVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery‐Based)
The prerequisite for PVOL203 is PVOL101.
PV systems with energy storage are a rapidly growing segment of the industry. This course builds a foundation for understanding many battery-based applications, in which the complexity far exceeds that of a grid-direct PV system. Load analysis is addressed along with other critical design criteria such as battery bank design, equipment options, and electrical integration of system components. Component options are covered in detail, including batteries, charge controllers, and battery-based inverters. Solar Energy International ‐ Contract 4 Different battery chemistries, associated pros and cons, and cost comparisons are investigated along with safety and maintenance considerations unique to battery-based PV systems. This six-week training will be online, asynchronous, and facilitated by SEI instructors. Students will have daily assessments including exercises and quizzes to assess learning.
Solar Energy International ‐ Contract 3 Students who complete PVOL101 will be able to perform the following:
Students who complete the PV203 workshop will be able to perform the following:
Provider: Solar Energy International (SEI)
Course Type: This 6-week training will be online, asynchronous, and facilitated by SEI instructors. Students will have daily assessments including exercises and quizzes to assess learning.
Time Commitment: 12 weeks
Course Dates: June 27 – September 30, 2022
Exam Dates: To be completed by September 30
Registration Deadline: June 17th
Course Materials: All study materials are included within the course; no textbook required.
Record of Completion: Records of Completion is provided for each person who successfully completes each course. SEI Online Campus, course participation and acceptable progress is determined by attempting all quizzes and earning a cumulative average score of 70% or higher in the course. Not doing so, will result in the student not earning a record of completion and forfeiting any documented training hours for the course.
Cost to Register: $0
All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. Due to the time commitment for this course, registrants will only be allowed to signup for this course if they are not registered for any other courses through the DCSEU that present a time conflict (unless that course is self-paced). This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.