Skills Certificate, Solar Energy Technician

This is a draft edition of the 2022-2023 catalog. Information is subject to change.

Program Description

The Skills Certificate, Solar Energy Technician will prepare students for entry-level positions as solar photovoltaic (PV) installers. Students will assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. This may include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules; and the student may perform minor electrical work such as current checks. Students must pass all coursework with a score of 70% or higher.

This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, it may be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships.

 Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENRG 120 Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency 3
ENRG 130 Introduction to Solar Energy 3
ENRG 132 Solar Photovoltaic Technologies 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total10
 Total Units10

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Certificate Requirements
ENRG 120Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency3
ENRG 130Introduction to Solar Energy3
ENRG 132Solar Photovoltaic Technologies3
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Total Units10

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Explain the basics of safety, electricity, and solar energy fundamentals.
  • Examine PV module fundamentals and system components, including sizing principles.
  • Apply PV system electrical and mechanical design principles.