Solar Energy International is the leader in developing industry aligned textbooks and curriculum. From our essential 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 in renewable energy to empower people, communities and businesses worldwide.  Please complete the questionnaire if you are interested in curriculum licensing with SEI.


Curriculum Credentials

  • 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 biannually in order to stay up to date with the rapidly changing PV industry. We have a full staff committed to keeping our curriculum current and aligned with industry and codes.
  • Our textbooks, Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaics and Applications and Photovoltaic Design and Installation Manual are used in colleges and training programs around the world and are 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 has worked with community colleges throughout 14 states in the West to implement solar training programs.
Central New Mexico Community College
College of Southern Nevada
Dixie Applied Technical College
Pueblo Community College
Hawaii Community College
Durham Technical Community College
West Virginia University
Kaua'i Community College
Red Rock Community College
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Truckee Meadows Community College
Front Range Community College
Clover Park Technical College
Central Arizona College
Maui College
Salt Lake Community College
Pima Community College
Flathead Valley Community College
South Carolina Technical College
Honolulu Community College
Solar Electric Light Fund
Weber State University
Billings Montana

SEI currently licenses the following curriculum:

  • PV101: Solar Training – Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)
  • PV202: Solar Training – Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct)
  • PV203: Solar Training – PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based)
  • PV303: Solar Training – Advanced PV Multimode and Microgrid Design (Battery-Based)
  • PV304: Solar Training – Advanced PV Stand-Alone System Design (Battery-Based)

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 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.

Colleges who license curriculum qualify for discounts on the Solar Electric Handbook.

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.

Our normal licensing agreements are based on an annual fee, which varies depending  on what an organization needs, how large an organization is, how long they want to  license curriculum, etc. As a non-profit organization, we strive to keep the price  affordable, especially when compared to what it takes for an organization to develop its  own curriculum. To learn more, please complete our questionnaire or contact us at 970-527-7657.

Our normal curriculum licenses are for one to three years in length, depending upon the contractual agreement.

Solar Energy International licenses its curriculum to universities, community colleges, and technical training schools in the United States. We do not license to for-profit institutions. 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 the content before teaching it.

No. Though SEI’s curriculum is IREC accredited, according to IREC’s policies, the accreditation does not transfer between SEI and the organization. To learn about IREC accreditation, go to

No. Organizations that want to administer the NABCEP PV Associate Exam must become a Registered Provider, per NABCEP’s policies. For more details, go to

No, SEI’s curriculum is protected intellectual property.

There are currently no national standards for who can teach solar (believe us, we’ve seen it all 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

Contact Lisa Niermann at 970-527-7657, ext. 200 or [email protected] Together, we’ll work through the details. Once we have a signed contract and payment, SEI will provide you with log-in details to download the curriculum.

Contact Kathy Swartz at (970) 527-7657, ext. 207 or [email protected] and she can create a custom training package based upon your needs.