Solar Energy Systems Installer

Program Description

This 200 clock hour program requires the completion of 10 weeks (days) of study. This program prepares students with skills and knowledge to install and repair solar-energy systems designed to collect and store energy from the sun for residential, commercial and industrial use.

Program Objectives

The program is designed to provide comprehensive training to become Solar Energy Installer in a residential or commercial building.

Occupational Objectives

Graduates from this program may obtain employment in the solar energy installer field working in residential or commercial building setting installing equipment that may enhance the conservation of energy in a building.
Licensure Goal/Requirements: None


Program Length/Class Hours

4 hours a day, 5 days a week, 10 weeks, 200 hours

Module Title: Total Lecture Clinical/Lab
Hours Hours Hours
Module ASE ASE, Terminology and Safety 20 15 5
Module BSE Electricity Basics 40 20 20
Module CSE Electrical Circuits 40 20 20
Module DSE Solar Energy Fundamentals 10 10 0
Module ESE PV Modules and SystemComponents 10 5 5
Module FSE Maintenence and Troubleshooting 10 5 5
Module GSE Site Assessment 10 5 5
Module HSE Installation of PV System 60 30 30
Total 200 110 90


Module Title:

Module ASE     ASE Terminology and Safety Basics – Students will learn basic theory regarding solar energy, including professional communication, positive attitude, honesty, self-confidence, work ethic, time management, as well as Cal/OSHA/ASE safety regulations that govern the workplace.

Module BSE     Electricity Basics – Students will learn how to work safely with electricity, how to test a circuit breaker using a voltage tester, and how to reset a breaker panel; students will also learn how to identify “hot wires” by use of colored wire. Emphasis will be place on safety in accordance with Cal/OSHA/ASE safety guidelines.

Module CSE     Electrical Circuits – Students will learn how to safely replace a basic three-way or four-way light switch. Students will also learn how to replace an electrical outlet. Emphasis will be place on safety in accordance with Cal/OSHA/ASE safety guidelines.

Module DSE     Solar Energy Fundamentals – Students will learn basic knowledge of solar energy systems and how their use provides for efficient energy management in a residential or commercial building. Students will also learn of current federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-power adoption more feasible.

Module ESE     PV Modules and System Components – Student will learn the makeup of a PV module (Photovoltaic module), also known as a solar panel and their main function in a solar energy system. Students will also learn various types of PV modules including Crystalline Silicone, Thin-film, Rigid thin-film and Flexible thin-film panels, and mounting components used for ground or roof mounted systems.

Module FSE     Maintenance and Troubleshooting – Students will learn how to conduct routine maintenance, evaluate performance output including correct pressure and non-leakage checks, and troubleshoot a solar energy and thermal energy system.

Module GSE     Site Assessment – Students will learn how to conduct site assessments to properly evaluate the type of solar energy system that is suitable for installation in a residential or commercial building.

Module HSE     Installation of the PV System – Students will learn how to properly install a full PV system in a residential and commercial building to exact specifications of the original plan.



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