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Essential Solar PV Design & Installation Training



Master the essential knowledge and skills needed to enhance your career options in the growing solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. Whether your career track is project management, installation, finance, sales, marketing, customer service or administrative support, this online course provides a solid foundation to build your solar industry career.

Learning Modules

  • Conservation & Efficiency
  • PV Market, Applications, and Advantages
  • Fundamentals of Electricity
  • PV Modules
  • Safety
  • Balance of System
  • Factors Effecting PV Performance
  • Grid-Tied PV Systems
  • Off-Grid PV Systems
  • PV Installation
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting of PV Systems

Course Features

  • Continuous enrollment, register and start today; 24/7 technical support.
  • Fifteen interactive, scenario-based eLearning modules with practice activities, integrative exercises and assessments.
  • Take eight (8) weeks to complete the course on your own schedule; apply for additional extensions if you need more time.
  • Access the course for review and reference for 12 months at no additional charge.
  • "Ask the Expert;" get your questions answered quickly by expert instructors through email and webinars.
  • Apply your learning in a challenging state-of-the-art PV Simulation.
  • Other features include: discussion forums, chat room, peer networking, PV installation videos, topical webinars, electronic notepad and useful reference resources.


NABCEP Certified Solar Installer Training

All our PV Design and Installation courses are accredited by the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ). Online learners in the US (and soon in Canada) can take the examination, offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP), an important entry-level credential for the solar industry.



There is a multiple choice quiz at the end of each module. Students must score 80% to pass these assessments. Students who wish to improve their score may review the material and retake the assessments until they achieve a satisfactory score.


It is highly recommended that participants understand basic math and algebra and are comfortable using a computer. Rudimentary knowledge of energy and electricity will expedite course completion.

course quick facts
course code PRO1000
cost $3495.00
estimated time to
complete course
36 Hours
course materials
365 Days

Solar Living Institute - Solar Panel Installer Training Online

The Solar Living Institute (SLI) is a not-for-profit organization created in 1998 as a spin-off from Real Goods Solar. For over 12 years we have been training people for renewable energy careers and sustainable living practices. Nearly 2000 people take our training courses or attend our workshops and special events every year. All our courses are developed and taught by instructors who are professionals with years of experience in their field.


From Students:

"Wow! This is hands-down the best online course I've taken. I really like the interface, the animation, and the overall look of the course. It contains a lot of great information. I like the exercises interspersed within the lectures and the fact that there is additional information on topics of interest through notes, hyperlinks, and through the resources link on the home page." J. Brown, Oakland, CA

"I liked the ability to pace the course according to my schedule. The realistic scenarios were helpful for learning." L. Newton, St. Louis, MO

"I enjoyed learning in detail all of the components of a solar PV system and getting to practice the calculations necessary to size the various components." S.S. Portland, ME