REGISTRATION DATES: Registration closes one week prior to the class start date

CLASS DATES: November 3 & 4, 2021 (Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm)
                           November 10 & 11, 2021 (Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm)

General Information

Hours of Instruction: 16

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 installers has increased and is projected to grow with the demand for solar installations.

The purpose of this program is to endow students with previously limited/no practical work experience in solar/photovoltaic equipment installation with the skills to obtain employment successfully and promptly as utility-scale solar installation technicians (DOL SOC 47-2231.00).


Final Exam:
Solar Installation Technician

Certifying Organization:
Solar Hands-on Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE)

Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding and value of safety culture
  • OSHA-10 safety principles
  • Solar-specific safety principles
  • Basic construction skills
  • Solar panel installation and mounting skills
  • Practical experience of utility-scale solar installation field work through
    repeated simulation in worksite conditions
  • Employability skills
Instructional Strategy:

Students will be equipped with skills and knowledge through a combination of classroom/outdoor lab. 

Full Tuition: $897 (without financial aid option)

Financial Aid Options Available:

Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG) – Student must meet Virginia Domicile criteria. Cost reduced to $299
Financial Aid for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credential (FANTIC) & G3 – 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 $149.50
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