Certificate in Solar Energy

This certificate provides students with the skills required to design, plan, install and troubleshoot photovoltaic solar electric energy systems. The certificate includes a foundation in AC and DC electricity, grid tie applications, and an introduction to solar hydronic systems. Students will acquire skills needed to seek entry- and mid-level positions within the solar industry or apply solar energy skills and knowledge to the green building sector. The certificate prepares students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level exam.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Provide leadership in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Describe how solar energy systems function, including basic design and installation.
  • Recognize wasteful practices and recommend sustainable alternatives.
  • Measure and describe energy and its relationship to solar energy systems.
  • Develop and articulate a definition of sustainability.
  • Understand the principles of entrepreneurship and creating a sustainable small business.

Class Requirements


ENVR 119        General Industry Health and Safety (3)


BLDG 111        Construction Safety (3)

BLDG 115        Trades Math (3)

ENVR 112        Introduction to Sustainable Energy Technologies (3)

ENVR 113        Instrumentation and Controls Lab (3)

ELEC 111         Electronic Fundamentals (4)

ELTC 227          Introduction to the National Electrical

Code (2)

ENEF 114         House as a System (3)

SOLR 111         Introduction to Solar Energy (1)

SOLR 121          Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems I (3)

SOLR 131         Design and Installation of Solar Hot Water Systems (3)



Solar Photovoltaic Focus (4 hrs.):

SOLR 221         Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems II (3)

SOLR 221D      Solar Photovoltaic Design Lab (1)


SOLR 221I        Solar Photovoltaic Installation Lab (1)


Solar Thermal Focus (4 hrs.):

SOLR 231         Advanced Solar Thermal Design (3)

SOLR 131I        Solar Thermal Install Lab (1)


SOLR 231D      Advanced Solar Thermal Design Lab (1)


NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.