Solar Photovoltaics Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 17.0

Term Effective: Fall 2013

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2017

Previous Versions:

Solar Photovoltaics - effective Summer 2012


As of December 2016, not all required courses are being offered. Please consult a counselor or program coordinator for more information.

The Solar Photovoltaics Certificate of Achievement prepares the student for work in the residential and commercial solar industry. This program emphasizes the integration of practical and theoretical knowledge in photovoltaic technologies so that the student can advance in this fast-evolving field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the knowledge of photovoltaic module characteristics, specifications, and response to the sun to photovoltaic system design and installation;
  2. conduct a solar site evaluation for installation of a photovoltaic system;
  3. optimally size utility interactive and off-grid photovoltaic systems to electrical demand;
  4. perform a basic NEC code compliant PV array installation;and
  5. work safely with photovoltaics.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Solar Photovoltaics program are:

  • Complete 17.0 units from
    • Solar Photovoltaics Requirements

Solar Photovoltaics Requirements - complete 17.00 units
CONS 62 Blueprint Reading and Construction Graphics3.00
CONS 183 OSHA 101.00
ELEC 51A Fundamentals of Electricity3.00
ELEC 156 Photovoltaic Systems Design and Installation3.00
ELEC 157 Advanced Photovoltaic Systems2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 5.00 units from the following:
APTECH 45 Basic Drafting Skills1.50
APTECH 46 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
APTECH 57 Advanced AutoCAD3.00
ARCH 56 Introduction to Architectural Drafting1.50
BMK 50 Marketing3.00
BMK 51 Principles of Selling3.00
CONS 63 How Buildings Work3.00
CONS 70A Introduction to Project Organization and Management1.50
CONS 181 Residential Electrical Wiring2.00
CONS 182 Home Performance with Energy Star, Level 13.00
ENVS 12 Introduction to Environmental Science3.00
WEOC 99I Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00

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.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Note: This program is NOT yet approved for federal financial aid.

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