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PV201L: Solar Training - Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)

Put classroom theory into practice with the ultimate hands-­on PV experience available! This five-day lab class offers students the opportunity to work closely with experienced PV professionals and get their hands dirty by fully installing and commissioning a wide variety of system types before testing the system, then de-commissioning and breaking down. You will work with modules, inverters, and racking components from a wide range of manufacturers that are all big players in the PV industry. A low student-to-instructor ratio and the world­-class lab facility at SEI’s locations in Paonia, Colorado, Costa Rica and Oman combine to make PV201L the perfect environment for your first hands­-on PV experience.

what you will learn

Students who complete the PV201L workshop will be able to:

  • Determine safe, best practice installation techniques when working with different inverters, racking hardware, mounting methods including: ballasted roofs, steep asphalt and standing seam metal roofs, ground-mounts, and pole-mounts
  • Define fall protection requirements, and properly use different harness set-ups
  • Demonstrate lockout/tagout procedures to create a safe working environment
  • Properly use an assortment of meters to test equipment


Note: This class is a great complement to PV301L, the Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based).

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helpful information

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Before participating in the PV201L course, students MUST complete PV101 or PVOL101 OR an equivalent course from another organization, have NABCEP certification, or demonstrate field experience and pass a placement quiz. Please contact [email protected] if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PV201L.

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.

nabcep certification information

Contact Training Hours (shown on Record of Completion): 40 hours

NABCEP Training Hours:

  • PV Installer Certification Requirements: This course counts for 40 advanced training hours.
  • PV Technical Sales Certification Requirements: This course counts for 20 hours, which covers the PV Technical Sales JTA.
  • PV Technical Sales Recertification Requirements: This course counts for 12 JTA hours and 6 Non-Technical/Other.
  • PV Associate Recertification: 12 training hours
  • Solar Heating Installer Recertification: This course counts for 6 Non-Technical continuing education hours.

For information on SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program please click here.

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    Notice: This course has multiple locations!
  • Paonia, CO
    • October 07 2019 - October 11 2019
  • 5 days
  • 40 hours

course materials

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  • Carol Weis

  • Laura Conchelos

  • Gary Handelin