SEI SOLAR PROFESSIONALS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM TRACKS
Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate
Program Tuition: $4,175 or $3,775 with tuition incentive.
This certificate path covers a comprehensive spectrum of grid-direct residential and commercial photovoltaic design and installation applications. Applying the National Electrical Code and job-site safety considerations will be strongly emphasized in this certificate program. The technical concepts needed as a solar professional, whether you’re working on single family homes to commercial projects to utility scale systems, will be covered in this program. This Certificate Program will satisfy the training portion of the requirements for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and the NABCEP PV Certification exams.
Battery-Based Photovoltaic Systems Certificate
Program Tuition: $5,550 or $5,070 with tuition incentive.
Even though the vast majority of solar photovoltaic applications are now grid-direct, there are homes and industries that need battery-based photovoltaic systems. Through this certificate program you will be trained on the technical application of solar photovoltaic battery-based systems to serve many different areas such as the telecommunications industry, agricultural applications, off-grid homes and other remote applications, and grid-connected battery back-up systems. This Certificate Program will satisfy the training portion of the requirements for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and the NABCEP PV Certification exams.
Solar Business and Technical Sales Certificate
Program Tuition: $3,500 or $3,180 with tuition incentive.
This certificate path is perfect for an individual who is seeking a sales or product representative position in the solar industry or is considering starting their own business. A solid focus on the technical, economic, and financial aspects of the solar industry are covered in this program to prepare you for the fast paced and highly dynamic solar industry. In addition to understanding all the financial incentives and sales techniques, being technically competent in the application and installation of photovoltaic systems will make you a better sales professional. This certificate program will give you the confidence needed when talking with potential customers about this highly technical field. This Certificate Program will satisfy the training portion of the requirements for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and the NABCEP PV Certification exams.
International and Developing World Applications Certificate
Program Tuition: $3,975 or $3,575 with tuition incentive.
Not all solar professionals are on a roof in the United States installing photovoltaic systems. Some of the most rewarding and meaningful work can be found in the developing world. Solar professionals can be found working for government aid agencies and other non-profit organizations who are training local communities to become self sustaining. This work is often accomplished through application of renewable energy technologies in some of the most remote areas of of the world. This certificate program will take you through the common battery-based photovoltaic technologies and other developing world topics to prepare you for a rewarding career in helping the world realize the hope provided by renewable energy. This Certificate Program will satisfy the training portion of the requirements for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and the NABCEP PV Certification exams.
Renewable Energy Applications Certificate
Program Tuition: $3,000 or $2,680 with tuition incentive.
This certificate program will expose you to other renewable energy technologies and is often a good “add-on” certificate path for a solar professional who has completed one of the other certificate programs. When talking with home or business owners you may be asked your professional opinion about all the options in the renewable energy sector and which technology will best suit their energy needs and location. In order to explain these technologies with utmost confidence, it is best to get hands-on experience in other renewable energy technologies in addition to photovoltaic systems.
Solar Professionals Trainer Certificate**
Program Tuition: $7,100 or $6,460 with tuition incentive.
Hundreds of solar training programs are sprouting up all over, and gaining the knowledge of how to deliver a world class training program can be difficult and daunting. With over 20 years of hands-on and classroom instruction, the SEI curriculum and overall program is the gold standard for solar training and we want to share that knowledge with you. This certificate program will expose you to SEI’s best classroom curriculum and lab training experience for you and your instructional staff to get first hand experience in what it takes to put on a full solar training program at your school or training organization. This Certificate Program will satisfy the training portion of the requirements for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and the NABCEP PV Certification exams.
*This certificate program only introduces best teaching practices through the actual experience of taking these courses from SEI Instructors. It is designed for current instructors in a related field or people with a strong background in the PV industry who are seeking an instructional role. SEI recommends that an individual receive additional classroom instruction and classroom management training, if not currently an instructor.
**For the Trainer Certificate you must currently be a college or vocational school instructor in a related field.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Additionally, it is becoming critically important for solar professionals and the employers who hire them to consider WHERE employee candidates received their training and not just WHAT certifications they hold. These two indicators of professional achievement of training certificates and certification should be presented separately by individuals on resumes, during interviews, talking with peers, and talking with potential clients. Both are equally important, but are not the same.
Passing a certification exam from a certifying authority like NABCEP is totally different than a training certificate program. Certification often includes a minimum required amount of training and/or real world experience to sit for a one time examination with required continuing education to maintain one’s certification.
Most individuals don’t have the required real world installation or sales experience to sit for an exam immediately after training. This makes the SEI Certificate Program that much more powerful in that it will prove to employers that you have at least received the most comprehensive and rigorous training in the industry as you work towards the experience you will need in order to sit for a certification exam.
During the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program you will exceed the baseline required number of training hours for industry certification exams. One thing to keep in mind when selecting a training program is that a quality training certificate program should offer you rigorous preparation for an industry and a career. It should NOT solely prepare you to pass a test. This explains why SEI’s certificate paths are at least 180 contact training hours in length.
This is a selective process based on preferred applicant criteria. Our selection phase is ongoing throughout the year and we will be informing recipients as they are accepted into the program. It can take up to 4 to 5 business days to hear back from our Student Services department. Individual training plans, payment plans if applicable, and the registration process will be explained to each recipient upon acceptance into the program. Once accepted, you will be notified directly.
TUITION INCENTIVES AND PAYMENT PLAN PROGRAMS
Investing in your career and your future is one of the best uses of personal resources. With that said, a professional training program can be costly. Solar Energy International offers financial assistance for your certificate program through EITHER a tuition payment plan OR a tuition incentive.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM DETAILS
- Solar industry specific career counseling and services
- A Certificate of program completion, with unique certificate number and certificate path listed, from the leading solar training organization in the industry – Solar Energy International – upon successful completion of the program
- Fulfill the knowledge and training hours requirement to take both the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and the NABCEP PV Installation Professional or PV Technical Sales Certification Exam
- Access to premium employment posting opportunities within the SEI Online Career Center and other premium online career resources
- Use of the Solar Professionals Certificate Seal & individual Certificate Number upon successful completion of program (for business cards, website, etc)
- Tuition incentive or payment plan option for program price.
- Graduation announcement in SEI’s monthly e-newsletter.
- An SEI T-shirt or hat and sticker at your lab workshop in Paonia (based on availability).
To view a list of Program Graduates please visit our Certificate Program Graduate List.
*Based on online or in-person course availability
A passing grade of 70% will be required to be considered as a passing grade for any given course. You will be required to take an online final exam that covers each lesson area covered for any in-person (lab weeks excluded) portion of your training. This includes PV101, PV202, PV203, PV206, and RD101.
The final exam format will be identical to the quizzes found in our online courses, but will be delivered in a hybrid online format for in-person students. Online students will be given 6 weeks to complete the online version of the classroom courses and in-person students will be given 6 weeks after the last day of their in-person courses to complete their final exam online. Both student populations will be afforded the same level of access to supporting resources to complete the required assessments.
Lab trainings do not require assessments through quizzes, but do require that you successfully complete the installation and hands-on portion successfully with 100% attendance.
You will be required to take the online quiz portions of the in-person classroom training in order to qualify for this transfer of past SEI training towards a SEI Solar Professionals Certificate path.
For many of our past students this will mean that they have already satisfied all the required training for a given certificate path or may be only one or two courses away from completion. If you are an SEI alumni and feel that you have completed the required training for any of the Solar Professional Certificate paths, please fill out the certificate program application to join. You can also call the Student Services Team for an SEI transcript review. If you have indeed taken all courses that you need for any particular certificate program path and are accepted into the program, we require a $150 transcript review fee.
SEI will allow the application of previous training credit from another training organization, but only for a PV101 equivalent training or comparable current solar industry work experience. This can only be used for a PV101 level of training and does not apply to any other training experience you may have acquired elsewhere. The SEI Student Services Team will be able to determine if you qualify for this transfer of training credit upon reviewing your application. You will be required to take the online quiz for PV101 in order to qualify for this transfer of past training towards an SEI Solar Professionals Certificate path.
If you fail to complete your entire program of study within a year of the start date of your program you will be charged the full price difference for the course or courses you have completed or started. For all other courses, the cancellation policy will apply.
If you are unable to complete the workshops and courses in your Certificate Program, or need to transfer sessions, due to illness or natural disaster, please contact Breccia in the administration office at 970-527-7657 extension 107.