Industry-leading education to meet your solar aspirations

The SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP) is a selective admissions program to help ensure the success of our students and provide a quality workforce for the solar industry. To determine a candidate’s likelihood of program completion, alignment of career goals, and overall fit for this professional training program, we require a certificate program application to be completed by every student candidate. Multiple Certificates can be earned by adding courses to your original Certificate Path. Para información en español haga clic aquí.

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Residential & Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate

This certificate path covers a comprehensive spectrum of grid-direct residential and commercial photovoltaic design and installation applications.

Battery-Based Photovoltaic Systems Certificate

Through this certificate program you will be trained on the technical application of solar photovoltaic battery-based systems to serve many different areas.

Solar Business and Technical Sales Certificate

 A solid focus on the technical, economic, and financial aspects of the solar industry are covered in this program to prepare you for the fast paced solar industry.

International and Developing World Applications Certificate

This certificate program will take you through common battery-based photovoltaic technologies to apply renewable energy in some of the remotest areas of of the world.

Renewable Energy Applications Certificate

This certificate program will expose you to other renewable energy technologies and is often a good “add-on” certificate path for a solar professional who has completed another certificate program.

Solar Professionals Trainer Certificate

This certificate program will expose you to SEI’s best classroom curriculum and lab training experience for you and your instructional staff to put on a full solar training program at your school or training organization.

“SEI is to Solar as Harvard is to Law.”
Tony Michael
“SEI provided a very comprehensive yet understandable course for solar that will no doubt aid in my future endeavors in this industry.”
Adam Flanagan
“SEI was hands down the right choice for up-to-date, practical, and professional training in the world of photovoltaics. I will not be going elsewhere.”
Brad Sturm
“Eight years after getting my business going after attending SEI, I can still report their instructors are the very best.”
Scott Oman
“Incredible experience, incredible training, incredible staff, incredible location.”
Brian Angelo
“It’s so good to have a high quality and reputable organization like SEI to get your education from. It’s by the book and by the code, and that’s the only way to go. Learning from SEI gives me credibility.”
SEI Alumnus


❯ What is a Training Certificate Program?

❯ Why create a Professional Training Certificate Program?

❯ What is the difference between a Certificate Program and Certification?

❯ When will applicants be accepted?


Investing in your career and your future is one of the best uses of personal resources. With that said, a professional training program can be costly. Solar Energy International offers financial assistance for your certificate program through EITHER a tuition payment plan OR a tuition incentive.

❯ Tuition Incentives

❯ Alumni Loyalty Tuition Incentive

❯ Tuition Payment Plan Details

❯ Workforce, Grant & Scholarships


  • Solar industry specific career counseling and services
  • A certificate of program completion, with unique certificate number and certificate path listed, from the leading solar training organization in the industry – Solar Energy International – upon successful completion of the program
  • Fulfill the knowledge and training hours requirement to take both the NABCEP PV Associate Exam and the NABCEP PV Installation Professional or PV Technical Sales Certification Exam
  • Access to premium employment posting opportunities within the SEI Online Career Center and other premium online career resources
  • Use of the Solar Professionals Certificate Seal upon successful completion of program.  This is a great tool to use on LinkedIn.
  • Tuition incentive for discounted pricing (pay all at once) or payment plan option (full price, no interest).
  • Graduation announcement in SEI’s monthly e-newsletter.
  • An SEI sticker at your lab workshop in Paonia (based on availability).

To view a list of Program Graduates please visit our Certificate Program Graduate List.

The SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program is a selective admissions program to help ensure the success of our students and provide a quality workforce for the solar industry.  To determine a candidate’s likelihood of program completion, alignment of career goals, and overall good fit for this professional training program, we require a certificate program application to be completed by every student candidate.  This is required for any certificate path and acceptance into the overall program.

Some of this training program’s best experiences are found through our hands-on labs, but in order to qualify to take these lab sessions you will need to complete the required classroom prerequisites.  Through this certificate training program you have the option of completing some of the classroom portion of your training online or in-person.*

*Based on online or in-person course availability

At the end of each training course and upon receiving a passing grade of 70% you will receive a formal SEI Record of Completion for each individual course.  Upon completion of the entire program of training with a passing grade in all courses, you will have earned your SEI Solar Professionals Certificate.

A passing grade of 70% will be required to be considered as a passing grade for any given online course.  In-person classroom and lab trainings do not require assessments through quizzes, however your pass/fail grade will be based on an assessment demonstrating that you have mastered the essential knowledge and skills taught within the course, as well as your attendance.  For more information please click here to view our school catalog grading and assessment section.

In recognition to all of our past students in our 25 years of existence, you will be able to transfer in any SEI training you have taken in the past towards any certificate path.  This training will be honored as long as the training contact hours duration and learning outcomes are consistent with current course offerings for which you are transferring in to satisfy your chosen certificate path requirements.

For many of our past students this will mean that they have already satisfied all the required training for a given certificate path or may be only one or two courses away from completion. If you are an SEI alumni and feel that you have completed the required training for any of the Solar Professional Certificate paths, please fill out the certificate program application to join.  You can also call the Student Services Team for an SEI transcript review.  If you have indeed taken all courses that you need for any particular certificate program path and are accepted into the program, we require a $150 transcript review fee.

SEI will allow the application of previous training credit from another training organization, but only for a PV101 and/or PV203 equivalent training or comparable current solar industry work experience. This can only be used for a PV101 and/or PV203 level of training and does not apply to any other training experience you may have acquired elsewhere. The SEI Student Services Team will be able to determine if you qualify for this transfer of training credit upon reviewing your application.  You will be required to take the online quiz for PV101 or PV203 in order to qualify for this transfer of past training towards an SEI Solar Professionals Certificate path.

If you cancel out of the program you will be charged according to our cancellation policy.  To view our full cancellation and refund table please visit the full catalog link found here. If you are unable to complete the workshops and courses in your Certificate Program, or need to transfer sessions, due to illness or natural disaster, please contact the Student Services department at 970-527-7657 option 1.