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Solar Photovoltaics: System Installation, Design & Sales Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 16
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2020


The Solar Photovoltaics: System Installation, Design & Sales certificate of achievement is comprised of industry-driven courses focused on the development of skills and knowledge used in the installation, design, and sales of solar photovoltaic systems.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic technology, tools, materials, and equipment commonly used in residential solar photovoltaics systems;
  2. Apply necessary safety precautions to minimize workplace hazards and protect customer's property;
  3. Identify proper site location and installation of residential photovoltaic panels, electrical distribution, inverters, electrical connection, conversion, and distribution components;
  4. Assemble a simple racking and module system;
  5. Evaluate residential customer needs for current and future electricity use, recommend a sufficient photovoltaics system, determine financing options;
  6. Determine the suitability for advanced topics application to project-specific uses.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Solar Photovoltaics: System Installation, Design & Sales Certificate program are:

  • Complete 16 units from
    • Solar Photovoltaics Requirements

Solar Photovoltaics Requirements - complete 16.00 units
RENRG 101Renewable Energy Industry Careers2.00
RENRG 102Electrical Trade Tools, Parts, Components & OSHA 102.00
RENRG 103Basics of Grid Tie Residential Systems3.00
RENRG 104Grid Tie Residential Solar PV Installation3.00
RENRG 105Grid Tie Residential Solar PV System Design & Sales3.00
RENRG 106Photovoltaic Battery Storage System Specialty2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
BAD 53Introduction to Solving Business Problems With Spreadsheets1.50
CS 61.11AMicrosoft Excel, Part 11.50
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2020

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Solar Photovoltaics - effective Fall 2019
Solar Photovoltaics - effective Fall 2017
Solar Photovoltaics - effective Fall 2013
Solar Photovoltaics - effective Summer 2012

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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