Solar Energy International is the leader in developing industry aligned textbooks and curriculum. From our leading textbooks to classroom presentations, assessments, and exercises, SEI’s learning material is the leading curriculum in the industry.
Solar Energy International’s Curriculum Licensing Program is a key way for training institutions to avoid reinventing the wheel when developing their own programs. We provide a fully-developed, fully-packaged training curriculum.
Founded in 1991, SEI’s mission is to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise to empower people, communities and businesses worldwide.
- Our PV curriculum was one of the first in the United States to be accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
- Our curriculum is updated twice a year in order to stay current with the rapidly changing PV industry. We have a full staff committed to keeping our curriculum current and in aligned with industry.
- Our textbook, Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaics and Applications and Photovoltaic Design and Installation Manual is used in colleges and training programs around the world and is available in English and Spanish.
- SEI was selected to be one of only nine Regional Trainer-of-Trainers through a $3.1 million Department of Energy Solar Instructor Training Network award. SEI is training-trainers at Community Colleges throughout 14 states in the West.
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SEI currently licenses the following curriculum:
- PV 101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)
- PV202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct)
- PV203: Battery-based PV System Fundamentals
- PV303: Advanced Battery-based PV System Design, Series 1
- PV304: Advanced Battery-based PV System Design, Series 2
Solar Energy International licenses its curriculum to public universities, community colleges, and technical schools in the United States. Currently, we do not license to for-profit or international institutions.
We encourage all instructors who will be teaching to complete SEI’s Train-the-Trainer Certificate through our Solar Professionals Certificate Program. At a minimum, we require that all instructors who will be teaching any of our curricula go through either our online or in-person training of that curriculum so that he/she is familiar with how we teach before teaching it.
Each curriculum includes the following:
- Dynamic and animated Power Points presentations with clear instructor talking points and notes
- Product spec sheets and calculation exercises for real world applications.
- Quiz banks with rigorous assessment questions and details answers
- All Curriculum is documented with learning outcomes and aligned with industry standards
Our curriculum, including assessments, has been reviewed by industry experts and instructional designers. The curriculum is for in-person training only.
must become a Registered Provider, per NABCEP’s policies. For more details, go to http://www.nabcep.org/entry-level-program-2/approved-providers
There are currently no national standards for who can teach solar (believe us; we’ve seen it when it comes to the lack of standards for training). We’ve seen trainers who have read a book to people who have only installed 1 or 2 systems without training. It scares the heck out of us, as it should the industry.
SEI holds high standards for who can teach for us. For example, SEI requires that an instructor be a working PV professional with 3 years or more of full-time experience in the PV field, NABCEP certified PV installer or currently working towards certification, previous educational experience, etc. We then go through a rigorous training process.
We encourage educational institutions that are interested in training to pursue the ISPQ accreditation for training programs. To ensure continuity, consistency, and quality in the delivery of training, the Interstate Renewable Energy Countil (IREC) is implementing the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) framework of standards and metrics to provide a means to compare content, quality, and resources across a broad range of training programs covering renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation technologies. This international framework ensures legitimacy of what’s being taught and by whom. For more details, go to http://irecusa.org/irec-programs/credentialing/ispq.