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Solar Energy International is the leader in developing industry aligned textbooks and curriculum. From our leading textbooks to classroom presentations, assessments, and exercises, SEI’s learning material is the leading curriculum in the industry.

Solar Energy International’s Curriculum Licensing Program is a key way for training institutions to avoid reinventing the wheel when developing their own programs. We provide a fully-developed, fully-packaged training curriculum.

Founded in 1991, SEI’s mission is to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise to empower people, communities and businesses worldwide.

Curriculum Credentials

  • Our PV curriculum was one of the first in the United States to be accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
  • Our curriculum is updated twice a year in order to stay current with the rapidly changing PV industry. We have a full staff committed to keeping our curriculum current and in aligned with industry.
  • Our textbook, Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaics and Applications and Photovoltaic Design and Installation Manual is used in colleges and training programs around the world and is available in English and Spanish.
  • SEI was selected to be one of only nine Regional Trainer-of-Trainers through a $3.1 million Department of Energy Solar Instructor Training Network award. SEI is training-trainers at Community Colleges throughout 14 states in the West.
Central Arizona College
APS
Solar Electric Light Fund
Central New Mexico Community College
Hawaii Community College
West Virginia University
Pueblo Community College
Salt Lake Community College
College of Southern Nevada
Clover Park Technical College
Kaua'i Community College
Truckee Meadows Community College
Front Range Community College
Pima Community College
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Maui College
Flathead Valley Community College
Weber State University
PCATT
Honolulu Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Red Rock Community College
South Carolina Technical College
Dixie Applied Technical College

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SEI currently licenses the following curriculum:

  • PV 101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)
  • PV202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct)
  • PV203: Battery-based PV System Fundamentals
  • PV303: Advanced Battery-based PV System Design, Series 1
  • PV304: Advanced Battery-based PV System Design, Series 2

Solar Energy International licenses its curriculum to public universities, community colleges, and technical schools in the United States. Currently, we do not license to for-profit or international institutions.

We encourage all instructors who will be teaching to complete SEI’s Train-the-Trainer Certificate through our Solar Professionals Certificate Program. At a minimum, we require that all instructors who will be teaching any of our curricula go through either our online or in-person training of that curriculum so that he/she is familiar with how we teach before teaching it.

Each curriculum includes the following:

  • Dynamic and animated Power Points presentations with clear instructor talking points and notes
  • Product spec sheets and calculation exercises for real world applications.
  • Quiz banks with rigorous assessment questions and details answers
  • All Curriculum is documented with learning outcomes and aligned with industry standards

Our curriculum, including assessments, has been reviewed by industry experts and instructional designers. The curriculum is for in-person training only.

Our normal licensing agreements are based on an annual fee, which varies depending  on what an organization needs, how large an organization is, how long they want to  license curriculum, etc. As a non-profit organization, we strive to keep the price  affordable, especially when compared to what it takes for an organization to develop its  own curriculum.
Our normal curriculum licenses are for one to three years in length, depending upon the contractual agreement.
Solar Energy International licenses its curriculum to universities, community colleges, and technical training schools in the United States. We do not license to for-profit institutions. We require that all instructors who will be teaching any of our curricula go through either our online or in-person training of that curriculum so that he/she is familiar with the content before teaching it.
No. Though SEI’s curriculum is IREC accredited, according to IREC’s policies, the accreditation does not transfer between SEI and the organization. To learn about IREC accreditation, go to http://www.irecusa.org/irec-programs/credentialing/ispq/how-to-apply/
No. Organizations that want to administer the NABCEP PV Associate Exam
must become a Registered Provider, per NABCEP’s policies. For more details, go to http://www.nabcep.org/entry-level-program-2/approved-providers
SEI’s curriculum is protected intellectual property. If an organization intends to develop its own original curricula and educational works, any copying of Solar Energy International’s materials could only be done with prior explicit agreement.

There are currently no national standards for who can teach solar (believe us; we’ve seen it when it comes to the lack of standards for training). We’ve seen trainers who have read a book to people who have only installed 1 or 2 systems without training. It scares the heck out of us, as it should the industry.

SEI holds high standards for who can teach for us. For example, SEI requires that an instructor be a working PV professional with 3 years or more of full-time experience in the PV field, NABCEP certified PV installer or currently working towards certification, previous educational experience, etc. We then go through a rigorous training process.

We encourage educational institutions that are interested in training to pursue the ISPQ accreditation for training programs. To ensure continuity, consistency, and quality in the delivery of training, the Interstate Renewable Energy Countil (IREC) is implementing the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) framework of standards and metrics to provide a means to compare content, quality, and resources across a broad range of training programs covering renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation technologies. This international framework ensures legitimacy of what’s being taught and by whom. For more details, go to http://irecusa.org/irec-programs/credentialing/ispq.

Contact Chris Smith at 970-527-7657, ext. 200. Together, we’ll work through the details.   Once we have a signed contract and payment, SEI will provide you with log-in details to  download the curriculum.
Contact Kathy Swartz at (970) 527-7657, ext. 207 and she can create a custom training package based upon your needs.