General Information

Hours of Instruction: 80

Materials: Students will need access to a computer/laptop and internet.

Course Description

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.

Prerequisites: High School Graduate or GED holder.


Final Exam:
Solar Photovoltaic Systems Installer

Certifying Organization:
National Center for Contsruction Education and Research (NCCER)

Solar Photovoltaic Systems Installer Modules:
  1. Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics
  2. Site Assessment
  3. System Design
  4. System Installation and Inspection
  5. Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Core Introductory Craft Skills Modules:
  1. Introduction to Construction Math
  2. Hand Tools
  3. Power Tools
  4. Construction Drawings
  5. Materials Handling
  6. Basic Safety
  7. Rigging
  8. Communication Skills
  9. Employability Skills

Full Tuition: $1,296 (without financial aid option)

Financial Aid Options Available:

Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG) – Student must meet Virginia Domicile criteria. Cost reduced to $432
Financial Aid for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credential (FANTIC) – Funding based on income limits. Cost reduced to $0.
Tobacco Commission - Students that meet Virginia Domicile criteria and live in a county or city eligible for funding through the Tobacco Commission. Cost reduced to $216
Other: Additional resources are available through Community Partners. Cost reduced to $0.

Course offerings, dates and times, and locations are subject to change without notice. For up-to-date information, please call the Workforce Development office. Financial Aid funds are limited, and availability of the reduced tuition costs are contingent upon the allocation and availability of state funds for the program. A student's best option for determining eligibility is to arrange an appointment with Workforce. For information on our cancellation and refund policies, visit our cancellation and refund policies page.

*Registration dates may be extended depending on enrollment