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Solar Training - PV Systems - Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week (Grid-Direct)

Course ID: PV351LStatus: Completed
Duration: 5 Days
Start Date August 19, 2013
End Date: August 23, 2013
Instructors: Brian Mehalic, Kristopher Sutton
Tuition: $1995.00


Category: Solar Training (Electric), Hands-On Lab Training

Course Description:  This intensive, advanced training is designed for solar professionals already working in the PV industry who want to take their skills to the next level. Students in this class will learn the theory behind and gain hands-on experience with a wide range of state-of-the-art analytical tools. The class will focus on PV system operations and maintenance, performance evaluation, and troubleshooting techniques using tools such as the IV Curve Tracer, Insulation Resistance Tester, Thermal Camera, Multimeter, and Clamp-On Meter.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define purpose and analyze results from various test tools used during commissioning, performance evaluation, operations and maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Define the theory, procedures, and processes behind insulation resistance testing, IV curve tracing, infrared cameras and thermal imaging, performance evaluation, and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up, use, and function of PV test tools including: IV curve tracers, insulation resistance testers, and thermal cameras.
  • Evaluate the performance of working systems using correct and complete field procedures.
  • Troubleshoot and locate common PV array and system faults using appropriate methodologies and testing tools




Course Options: This course is offered in a 3-day or 5-day format. The 5-day course is held at SEI's Colorado training center. The 3-day course is hosted by SEI training partners in various locations. Both versions of this course are taught by SEI instructors.


"What is the difference between the 3-day and the 5-day version?"

The 5-day course is offered at our Paonia, Colorado training center. This version extends field time and allows more "hands-on" tool use with working systems. Since this lab is hosted at our training center, numerous working systems and custom training stations are available to facilitate the learning process. Extra time is dedicated for use of IV curve tracers, system analysis, performance evaluation, and additional troubleshooting scenarios. While there may be less "hands on" lab time within the 3-day course, the core theory and tool use are covered in both versions of the course.

Prerequisites: Must have taken PV101, 202, and 201L or be actively working in the PV field. We will have a similar system as PV101 for opting in students who may not meet these prerequisites, please call for more details 970-963-8855. 


Check out these comments from past students:

"I have taken virtually all of the PV courses that SEI offers and every time I think there is nothing left to learn, they prove me wrong.  They are the best of the best at what they do".

"I see SEI as the leader in solar training and this course is one of the first of its kind". 


These trainings counts towards NABCEP CE requirements.

Contact Training Hours (shown on Record of Completion)

  • 3-day course: 24 Hours
  • 5-day course: 40 hours

NABCEP Training Hours: 

PV Installer Certification Requirements:

  • 3-day course: 24 advanced training hours
  • 5-day course: 40 advanced training hours

PV Installer RecertificationRequirements:

Both the 3-day and 5-day courses count for the following:

  • 6 NEC (Code Based) Hours
  • 6 Job Task Analysis Hours
  • 6 Non-Technical Hours

PV Technical Sales Recertification Requirements: This course counts for 6 Non-Technical/Other Hours 

Solar Heating Installer Recertification: Both the 3-day and 5-day courses counts for 6 Non-Technical continuing education hours. 

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP):  See our NABCEP information page at or for more information on the additional requirements for the PV Installer Certification.

For information on SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program please click here.  For information on SEI's workshop and training program policies please click here.

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PV351L: Solar Training - PV Systems - Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week (Grid-Direct) Workshop Sessions

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