(PV) Solar Installer

Train for an entry-level job in a high growth profession!

In-Demand Career

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers are in high demand. Installers set up and maintain rooftop or other systems that covert sunlight into electric energy and, nationally, the job outlook is projected to increase 51 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The outlook for the field in the next five to 10 years is outstanding,” said Mark Richard from US Light Energy in Latham. Currently, he is seeking installers, electricians, project developers and inbound customer sales and land acquisition representatives.

“Taking a training or certification class in PV would make you more than a technician. You would be on your way to an advancing career and higher-level positions,” said instructor Joanne Coons.  “There are many nuances to PV and the technology is ever-changing, so receiving a good foundation is a wonderful way to grow your potential." 


The opportunity for advancement within the field, particularly for those who have completed training, is excellent. Beginning wages range from $18 to $22 an hour, and trained installers can move into positions as lead installers and project managers after a few years of experience.


The training offered at Hudson Valley prepares students to test for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP) PV Installation Professional (PVIP) certification exam.

Courses Available

The Office of Workforce Development offers a 40-hour non-credit PV-Associate (Solar Power) Online training course with instructor guidance. Students must complete the self-paced course within 10 weeks of registering.

We also offer a PV-Advanced Solar Power Systems with Installer Workshop course and project management courses that give you advanced skills.

Get in Touch

Workforce Development
Amstuz Hall, Room 109
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)