Online: Foundations of Solar PV System Design & Installation

Online: Foundations of Solar PV System Design & Installation

$695 – 40 Training Hours
  • Prepares you for the NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate Exam
  • Updated per the NABCEP PV Associate Job Task Analysis dated September 2017
  • 12 months of access starts immediately
  • Includes Instructor-led Online Live Sessions

Our Foundations Online: Solar PV System Design & Installation course is a gateway to all areas of the fast-growing solar industry. This course bridges participants form entry-level solar fundamentals to intermediate-level concepts of PV solar system design and installation.

Detailed Course Description & Topics PDF

Course includes:
Photovoltaic Systems Textbook: 3rd Edition, by Jim Dunlop (Cost included in tuition)
*no international shipping; $70 refunded to international participants

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About the Course

- This course is based on the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Learning Objectives(PDF) and the Job Task Analysis(PDF) for the PV Associate Exam. After completing this course, participants are eligible to sit for that Exam. Click here to learn more about the credentialing exam.

- Live instructor support and special Online LIVE sessions give students access to guidance and expertise while taking the course.

- Our content-rich course is stocked with webinars, animations, slide sets, instructional videos, downloadable materials for offline study, as well as quizzes (more than 150 questions) and exam problem sets (more than 140 exam problems) with immediate feedback and grading. The exam problem sets are similar to what you can expect on solar credentialing exams.

- To gain hands-on experience to complement your online learning, enroll in our Advanced One Day Lab which takes place in our state-of-the-art solar field lab. You can take the lab before, during, or after your online course as it is a stand-alone workshop, providing 8 hours of advanced credit.

Who is this class for?

No matter what your experience or background may be, you can use what you learn in PV201e to launch your career in the solar PV industry or to determine if an investment in solar is right for your property. This course is designed for:

  • Property Owners, Business Owners, and Facility Managers
  • Electricians, Engineers, and Architects
  • Entrepreneurs, Sales & Marketing professionals
  • Contractors, Builders, and Remodelers
  • All other who want to become solar industry professionals

Not sure if this course is right for you? Check with our enrollment advisors at 512-443-5725 or email us at

Had an excellent follow-up interview last Thursday, and a KEY item that impressed him was the PV201 course. Thanks again! –Chris Jones 1/19/15

Thank you, very informative course.” –Daniel  Smith 1/1/15

“It was an amazing experience taking this course online. I am very confident to be successful in PV installation and design market. Thanks.” –Guy Koloko 11/3/14

“With a [megawatt] already under my belt , this course was still very informative and I learned that you can never know enough about a subject. thank you very much. I look forward to taking the entry level test and advanced class in the spring.” –Charles Cameron 8/21/14

Course Details:

  • Instruction Topics

    Course Introduction

    Math Formulas and Conversions

    Lesson 1: PV Markets and Applications (JTA Domain I: Application)

    Lesson 2: Working Safely with PV Systems (JTA Domain I: Application, JTA Domain IV: Installation)

    Lesson 3: Basics of Electricity and Photovoltaics (JTA Domain III: Design)

    Lesson 4: Solar Energy Fundamentals and the Solar Resource (JTA Domain III: Design)

    Lesson 5: Site Surveys and Preplanning

    Lesson 6: PV System Components and Configurations (JTA Domain III: Design)

    Lesson 7: PV Cells, Modules and Arrays (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)

    Lesson 8: Batteries (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)

    Lesson 9: Charge Controllers (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)

    Lesson 10: Inverters (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)

    Lesson 11: PV System Sizing Principles (JTA Domain III: Design)

    Lesson 12: PV System Mechanical Design and Integration (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)

    Lesson 13: PV System Electrical Design and Integration (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)

    Lesson 14: Commissioning, Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting (JTA Domain IV: Installation, JTA Domain V: Maintenance and Operation)

    Lesson 15: Sales and Economics (JTA Domain II: Sales and Economics)

    PV Associate Exam

  • About Our Instructors

    ImagineSolar has trained thousands of individuals who have gone on to be an integral part of the solar industry. Our course teaches best practices using the most current technologies and methods for the solar industry. Our course instruction is continuously updated with the latest developments as the solar industry evolves. Many of ImagineSolar’s consultants, instructors, and lecturers have obtained one or more NABCEP certifications. To view their credentials please click here.

  • About the Special Online LIVE Topic Sessions

    The special Online LIVE Topic Sessions are an optional support resource, giving participants a place to interact with instructors, ask questions, work problems, and discuss course material

    To the right, you can see a sample of the type of instruction that takes place in our Online LIVE portal.

    Our Online LIVE Topic Sessions use GoToMeeting. GoToMeeting is a web-hosted service created and marketed by the Online Services division of Citrix Systems. It is an online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing service that enables our instructors to conduct classes via the Internet in real time.

    The first time that you join GoToMeeting, you will be prompted to run the Citrix Launcher. For mobile devices, you will download a free app from the relevant app store.

    Online LIVE Lectures

    Online LIVE lectures will be held on Sundays from 4pm to 5pm CST on the following dates using the application named GoToMeeting.

    December 10, 2017

    January 14, 2018

    January 28, 2018

    February 11, 2018

    February 25, 2018

    March 11, 2018

    March 25, 2018

    April 8, 2018

    April 22, 2018

    May 6, 2018

    May 20, 2018

    June 3, 2018

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  • System Requirements for our eLearning Campus

    System Requirements for our eLearning Campus

    Our elearning campus uses the Moodle learning platform. There are no download requirements to use Moodle. The following are the system requirements to access the ImagineSolar elearning campus and to interact with our online material.

    High-speed broadband Internet access is recommended.

    You access our elearning campus from a web browser on your PC/tablet/notepad. Windows and Apple devices are both supported.

    Browser Settings and Plug-ins:

    Minimum Browser for using Moodle: Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11, Opera 9;

    The operating system is not important;

    Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or higher;

    JavaScript Enabled;

    Cookies Enabled;

    Pop-Up blocking Disabled;

    Moodle uses a Flash Player for viewing videos that is compatible with all PC-based and Android devices;

    If you are using Apple computers, install “Adobe Player for Mac” or its equivalent to view the video lectures;

    For Apple iPads, install Photon Flash Player for iPad or the Puffin Web Browser or the equivalent;

  • Provided and Recommended Materials
    • Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by Jim Dunlop from American Technical Publishers. 3rd edition.
      * Please note that international shipping is not available. Contact us for the International discount code before registration, or $70 will be refunded after registration.
    • Access to ImagineSolar’s online campus containing lessons, video lectures, slideshows, quizzes and additional materials for 12 months

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