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Solar PV Sales

The Solar PV Sales Certificate is designed to prepare students to analyze customer needs based on current utility usage, conduct site assessments, plan systems layout, explain types of incentives and savings and prepare a proposal based on the unique needs of each prospective customer and their project. Successful completion of these two courses meets the education eligibility requirement to take the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam.  
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Courses are approved for Utah DOPL re-licensing hours for both Contractors and Electricians. Check the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) website for current licensing rules and regulations.

This program has been approved for STIT funding (50% discount for individuals) 



Course WTSS 100
Title Electrical Principles for Alternative Energy

Designed to provide students with a basic understanding of electricity for the energy industry. Subjects include electron theory; magnetism; electromagnetism; Ohm's Law; series, parallel and multi-wire circuits; protection devices; capacitance; inductance; motor, transformer and generator theory; NEC Code navigation; voltage drop; and wire sizing.

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Course WTSS 200
Title Basic Photovoltaic Systems
Prerequisite WTSS 100 C grade or higher, or currently licensed Electrician or Engineer
This course introduces students to the principles of utility interactive PV system design. Through classroom and hands-on instruction, the course will prepare individuals to conduct site evaluations, prepare a basic electrical and mechanical design and select appropriate PV system components in accordance with the local municipality. Current NEC code updates will also be discussed.
This is a Hybrid course, meaning most of the work is done online and there are also in-class sessions every other Tuesday evening after start of class. Specific dates will be provided with registration confirmation.
Required Textbook:
  • Photovoltaic Systems, 3rd Edition,  by James P. Dunlop, In partnership with NJATC, American Technical Publishers
Suggested Textbook:
  • NFPA 70 National Electrical Code (NEC) Handbook, 2020 Edition, National Fire Protection Association,  ISBN-13: 978-1455922970
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There are 2 courses - Electrical Principles for Alternative Energy and Basic Photovoltaic Systems. Each of these courses is 45 hours and take approximately 8 weeks each to complete.

Yes, Salt Lake Community College will issue a Certificate of Achievement that acknowledges completion of 90 hours of instruction.

NABCEP is the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, a nationally recognized organization that offers certification exams for solar pv as well as solar sales. Their mission is to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners. NABCEP offers a PV Technical Sales Certification that, when successfully earned, allows someone to demonstrate skills and experience that can distinguish them from competitors.