Solar Photovoltaic Systems

The solar power industry is a rapidly growing field that is expected to help ease human dependence on the use of fossil fuels. Solar panels are now rated to produce up to 600 volts of electricity, and the cost of purchasing and installing these panels for residential purposes has been reduced considerably. Because of this, the need for solar photovoltaic installers has increased and is projected to grow with the demand for solar installations.

In response to this demand, NCCER has developed a curriculum for both entry level and advanced solar PV installation technicians – all in support of the North American Board of Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP’s) educational standards for technicians. This one-level curriculum covers topics such as Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics, System Design, and System Installation.


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Additional Instructor Requirements

In addition to our standard instructor requirements, instructors of this craft must achieve the following:

  • Possess a minimum of journey-level electrician experience
  • Minimum of one year field experience installing solar PV panels


Created for those individuals wanting to attain a basic knowledge and application of solar photovoltaic system operations, NCCER’s Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics is the perfect introductory curriculum. This module is based on the ten objectives contained in the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP’s) Entry Level Program. Purchase Materials


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Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER's Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others. Click below to view a list of SMEs who contributed to the development of this series.

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