Advanced PV Power Package:
3 courses | 80 Credit Hours
Regular Price $1695
$200 Early Bird Discount when you register 60 days before workshop start date
• Photovoltaic Systems Textbook, 3rd Edition
• Online: Foundations of Solar PV System Design & Installation – 40 Training Hours
• Advanced PV Project Experience: 5-day Workshop – 40 Advanced Training Hours at our Solar Lab
• Solar Technical Sales: Online Short Course
ImagineSolar’s Advanced PV Power Packages provide a combination of blended onsite, online, and Online LIVE support from ImagineSolar staff. Our blended learning approach is the best of all worlds, combining the flexibility of online training with the comraderie and support of having a campus and student community.
The Advanced PV Power Package earns you eligibility for taking the NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate exam, as well as 40 hours advanced training hours toward NABCEP Pro Installer Certification.
Feedback from our customers -
November 2016 workshop:
“This is one of the best courses I have ever taken (30+ years as an engineer and thermographer with lots of continuing educations classes). Lots of practical information and examples – all the instructors are knowledgeable and have tons of experience in the industry.”
- Alan K., Civil Engineer & Inspector
“The course provided a complete ‘snapshot’ of how to work and install solar. Great presentation! Mike Kuhn’s love for solar came through his explanations, and allowed for open discussions among the class participants.”
- Todd S., Entrepreneur
“Valuable real-life experiences conveyed to the class. Online resource is very helpful. I liked the discussions regarding application to actual installation situations.”
- Linda H., Solar Business Owner
“Wonderful instructors with great information and insight into the solar industry.”
- Jon M., Electrician
“I enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and especially the time taken (by each instructor) to provide a thorough response. I also like that multiple people taught the class – this allowed different perspectives to be appreciated.”
- Gary G., M.S., MBA, Entrepreneur
“Verbal and written material was very exemplary, well organized! Good mix of reading, video, problems, lab, exercise, lecture, etc.”
- Larry K., P.E., J.D.
“All the instructors were very knowledgeable in all aspects of the industry. The hands-on approach was very important!”
- David K., Solar Business Owner
“All questions answered, logical order, love the handouts; I was curious as to how the industry has changed in twenty years – I think it is time to jump in!”
- Bob W., Master Electrician
Who is this class for?
- Home Owners, Business Owners, and Facility Managers
- Contractors, Builders, and Remodelers
- Electricians and those skilled in electrical construction
- Engineers and Architects
- Entrepreneurs, Sales & Marketing professionals
- Everyone else who want to become solar industry professionals
No matter what your experience or background may be, you can use what you learn in the Advance PV Power Package to launch your career in the solar PV industry.
- 40 Training Hours | Online: Foundations of Solar PV System Design & Installation
This 40 hour online version of our Foundations of Solar PV Design & Installation course is incredibly content-rich. The e-learning site is stocked with webinars, animations, slidesets, 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 certification exams. See the course page for more detail.
This course is based on the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Photovoltaic Associate Learning Objectives and the Job Task Analysis for the PV Installation Professional certification. It goes far beyond a typical entry level course to build your skill in the photovoltaic science, site assessment, PV system components, battery-based system design, and electrical/mechanical integration.
After completing the Foundations Online course, participants are eligible to sit for NABCEP‘s Photovoltaic Associate Exam. You may take the exam at any one of the many computer-based Castle Worldwide testing centers across the USA.
- 5 Days | 40 Advanced Training Hours - Advanced PV Project Experience
Students will get a chance to assemble, energize and commission a complete grid-tied SolarEdge DC-to-DC Power Optimized PV system in our regional field lab. Our hands-on training is conducted in small groups to ensure concepts are grasped. Advanced PV Project Experience” href=”http://imaginesolar.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Advanced-Solar-PV-Project-Experience-Workshop-Schedule-100316.jpg” rel=”lightbox“>Click here to view a topic schedule
Labs and hands-on instruction includes:
- Solar PV Module Lab
- Safety, Meters, and Tools
- Site Assessment with the Solar Pathfinder and the Solmetric SunEye
- Grid-Tied SolarEdge DC-to-DC Power Optimized PV system Installation
- PV System Performance Analysis
- Tour Solar Equipment Distributor
- Professional PV System Design Software Demonstrations
- Online LIVE Topic sessions with ImagineSolar Staff
These instructor-led Q&A sessions provide a place for students to ask questions, get business coaching, check their PV system design work, or explore any niches of interest. Topics are decided completely by student questions and interests. To the right, you can see an example of our instructor-led Online LIVE sessions.
- Flexible Course Format
Step 1: Start your 40 hr Foundations Online course and request your textbook right away.
Step 2: Attend your Online LIVE Topic Sessions. You will retain access to the course resources for 12 months and can complete the course at your own pace.
Step 3: Plan to attend our 5-day advance workshop in Austin, Texas. Split up the days between sections if you prefer.
- Instructional Topics
Classroom Instruction Topics
- The Photovoltaic Industry and Solar Professional
- Basics of Electricity
- The Solar Resource
- Site Assessments
- Safety and Tools for the Solar Professional
- System Components and Configurations
- Cells, Modules, and Arrays
- Batteries and Charge Controllers
- Inverters: Types and Specifications
- System Sizing and Design
- Mechanical Integration
- Electrical Integration
- Utility Interconnection
- System Installation and Commissioning
- Performance and Troubleshooting
Click here for free viewing access to the National Electrical Code and other code books:
- 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 Our Online Courses
ImagineSolar Online allows you to learn at your own pace, on your own schedule, and from anywhere – all with live instructor support. In addition to the great course content, videos, readings, and problem sets, students can communicate with ImagineSolar instructors via live videoconferencing, forums, email, and by phone.
Visual learners will benefit from the various charts, videos, images, animations and graphics.
Auditory learners will benefit from recorded lectures, narrative video and recitation.
Tactile learners will benefit from the worksheets, writing repetition and note-taking.
- System Requirements for Online LIVE sessions
The first time that you join GoToMeeting from a computer, you will be prompted to run the Citrix Launcher. For mobile devices, you will download a free app from the relevant app store.
Equipment Requirements for ImagineSolar Online LIVE Sessions:
Internet connection (broadband is best)
Microphone and speakers (built-in or USB headset)
Computer or Mobile Device:
- Windows computer
- Mac computer
- iOS device (iPod, iPad, iPhone) – Free GoToMeeting App from App Store
- Android device – Free GoToMeeting App from Google Play Store
- Windows 8 & Windows RT mobile device – Free GoToMeeting App from Windows Store
Most computers have built-in microphones and speakers, but you will get much better audio quality if you use a headset or handset. You can also make calls on your landline or mobile device.
- 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.
Minimum Browser for using Moodle
Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11, Opera 9. The operating system is not important.
Browser Settings and Plug-ins
Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or higher
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.
To view documents that you download, you will need Adobe Reader or equivalent software.
To register for the Advanced PV Power Package:
Option 1: Purchase the course using the Buy Now button below.
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Click the Buy Now button above for the package including the May 20th through May 24th workshop
Get a $200 Early Bird Discount by registering 60 days before the start of the workshop!
Option 2: Call us at 512-443-5725 to enroll by phone.
Doesn’t fit your schedule? Live outside of Austin?
Start your training today with our Online: Foundations of Solar PV System & Installation course.
Or if these dates don’t work for you, join our Interest List for information on future training dates.
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“Very well conducted course. Glad that I came and with no working knowledge of the subject, I feel that I have learned a lot” –Matt Foster - 4/9/14
“Any question that was asked was answered and not cut off.” –Daniel Zweiner - 4/9/14
“This course definitely helped de-mystifying the subject of solar-PV power in a clearly organized and well-designed manner. The hands-on activities added to the overall experience of a fun course.” –Denis Guleiof
“Course was well done. I feel like I’m leaving with significantly more knowledge than I came in with… If asked I would recommend to another person.” –Jon Gorman
“A combination of Michael’s perspective & Doug’s practical know-how was amazing.” –Jeffrey Mathews
“Excellent presentation, down to earth, easy to understand.” –Don Garritano
“Doug’s experience with hands-on installation and NEC code made the course invaluable. The instruction has been excellent and met my need for practical experience.” –Sam Zoker
"ImagineSolar instructors: Thanks for your hard work this week with our solar class. Each of you helped our local understand the benefits and importance of solar energy! You made it fun to learn PV! Your patience and upbeat attitude with each of us was very kind. Your love of teaching solar energy has an energy all its own! Whatever level we are able to work with PV we will always be grateful to our instructors at ImagineSolar for having introduced us to the PV industry. Your new friends, David C. Etter and all the Brothers from Local #20, I.B.E.W."–David Etter, Dallas, Texas
There was no time wasted. Every moment was spent on useful topics.–Christopher Langham