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

PV351L is an intensive, advanced training designed for solar professionals already working in the PV industry who want to take their technical skills to the next level­ and gain hands-on experience with a wide range of advanced analytical tools and meters. Through a mix of classroom and lab time, theory is immediately applied in the field, with a focus on commissioning, operations and maintenance, troubleshooting, and performance evaluation. Students gain experience using a wide variety of the latest and greatest tools the industry has to offer, including various multimeters, insulation resistance testers, IV curve tracers, and infrared cameras. Learn the advanced skills required to ensure PV systems operate safely and reliably!

what you will learn

Students who complete the PV351 workshop will be able to:

  • Determine use 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
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helpful information

Check out the SEI Podcast Series regarding this training topic: Tools and Techniques for Solar PV Operations and Maintenance.

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.


PREREQUISITE COURSES: Before participating in the PV351L course, students MUST complete PV101 or PVOL101, PV202 or PVOL202, and PV201L 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 PV351L.

To view sessions of our online Tools & Techniques for Operations and Maintenance training, click  PVOL350.

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

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 Recertification Requirements:

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

PV Associate Recertification: 12 training hours

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

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  • Paonia, CO
  • 5 days
  • 40 hours

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  • Danny Bailey

    PV Lab Manager
  • David Del Vecchio

  • Brian Mehalic

    PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer