Solar Training Designed for Our Service Men and Women
Solar Energy International’s (SEI) Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP) is authorized to accept Veterans Education Benefits for qualified candidates and offer outreach programs for veterans and active duty military personnel. We proudly offer educational opportunities to military members, their families, and veterans.
Additionally, SEI was selected as the lead training provider during the pilot program for the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative Solar Ready Vets program. SEI continues to support Solar Ready Vets as an advising and training partner to the program.
Approved for Veterans Benefits by the Colorado State Approving Agency, SEI is authorized to offer eligible veterans the ability to use their education benefits towards our in-person classroom and hands-on lab training through SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP). Online courses do not qualify at this time.
As an organization, SEI believes in the opportunities that renewable energy can afford our country, such as energy independence and sustainable use of our country’s natural resources. With that in mind, we also honor those who have served our country and who are choosing to follow up their military service with a new kind of service; service in the renewable energy sector.
Many benefits are available to advance the education and skills of Veterans. Some might find they’re eligible for more than one benefit or that one program is more suited to certain education and training goals than another.
Learn about these and other education and training programs administered by the VA or start your VA Education Benefits application now:
- Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) – Chapter 30
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) – Chapter 32
- Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) – Chapter 35
- Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) – Chapter 1606
- Reserves Educational Assistance Program (REAP) – Chapter 1607
- Post-9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
The two SPCP tracks that are eligible for this funding are the Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate and / or the Battery-based Photovoltaic Systems Certificate. Please remember: all training must be completed in-person at our Colorado training facility to be able to use the above Veterans Educational Benefits.
Special Educational Benefits for Disabled Veterans/Active Duty
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) – Chapter 31
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is for veterans who have a service-connected disability. To determine eligibility for VR&E, interested applicants need to contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) at a local VA or call a national VA representatives at 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311). For general information about eligibility and entitlement visit, VA – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E).
In order to use the various federal educational program funding, veterans must verify their Education Benefits eligibility through the various federal recognized programs by contacting their VA Education Counselor. When you first speak with your SEI Veterans Counselor to enroll in your courses, make sure to indicate that you have verified your eligibility.
All interested veterans will also need to apply for SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program acceptance and meet our selection criteria to help ensure their successful program completion. Be sure to click that you are a veteran or active duty military member when filling out the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program Application.
The Solar Energy International (SEI) Active Duty Military and Veterans outreach program will give Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines a jump start to starting a new career and learning new technical skills in solar applications. We are happy to offer this opportunity to those who are serving or have served our country in our military and we offer this program with the deepest sense of gratitude.
In order to use your Veterans Educational Benefits with SEI – follow these steps:
- Apply for VA Educational Benefits
- Complete the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program Application
- Schedule an appointment with SEI’s Veterans Counselor – Monique Turek at 970-527-7657 x 108 / [email protected]
- Enroll in your courses and complete a full track of study through the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program
Since 9/11 and during the past decade, SEI has had the honor of training soldiers returning from their military service with the hopes of starting a new career in the solar industry. Additionally, SEI has partnered with active duty military projects and installations in recent years to provide training with the goal of spreading solar energy applications to military bases all over the U.S. and abroad.
The SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program goes beyond a “certification test prep” format of training and takes participants to a higher level of educational experience to truly prepare them for the solar industry and a career. This Certificate Program is the most rigorous training that SEI offers. Successfully finishing the entire program of study requires completing multiple courses.
Click here for further details on the Solar Professionals Certificate Program and to apply for acceptance into the SEI Veterans and Active Duty Military Certificate Training Program. Additional scholarship funds may be available. Your Student Advisor can let you know about additional funds once you have filled out the program application.