Clean Energy and Sustainability

The college's Division of Workforce Development and Community Education offers Clean Energy and Sustainability courses for those preparing for a new job, promotion or looking to update their skills.

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Course Offerings

PV-Associate Online

The PV-Associate Photovoltaics (Solar Power) course covers the fundamentals of photovoltaic (PV) systems design and installation.

The objective of the course is to prepare students for taking the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Exam.

The course curriculum complies with NABCEP’s Job Task Analysis for the Associate exam.

Major topics covered include:

  • Introduction to PV Systems
  • General and PV System Safety
  • Solar Radiation
  • System Components and Configurations
  • Cells, Modules and Arrays
  • Inverters, Batteries and Charge Controllers
  • Site Surveys, Preplanning and System Sizing
  • Mechanical Integration and Electrical Integration
  • Utility Interconnection
  • Permitting and Inspections
  • Commissioning and Maintenance
  • Economic Analysis, Firefighters' Concerns

This course meets the 40 hour education requirement to sit for NABCEP’s PV Associate Exam. This course can be used to complete the  Photovoltaic Systems Certificate.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade-level reading and math skills; previous electrical training/experience helpful. Students taking this course may be eligible for NYS Part Time Tuition Assistance for Non-Degree Credentials. Click here for additional information.

PV-Associate Online
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Online, 6/1 - 8/31 ZSPT-017 700 29 seats left $800

Get in Touch

Division of Workforce Development and Community Education

Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 334

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer 2024 Hours (May 20 - July 26): Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, Closed
(excluding college holidays and vacations)