Solar Photovoltaic Technician: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Solar Photovoltaic Technician: Certificate


Certificate

Learn the latest in solar photovoltaic technology, and secure a bright career.

Program Description


Photo what? Photovoltaic (PV) devices directly convert the sun’s light into electricity.

Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Solar Photovoltaic Certificate program teaches you to install, maintain, and repair solar photovoltaic systems. You will gain substantial knowledge of solar technologies and electrical installations equivalent to a master electrician.

The median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $37,830, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TCL’s 19-credit-hour Solar Photovoltaic Certificate program can be completed in as little as two semesters. Evening classes are offered. Hands-on courses include AC/DC circuits, electrical installations and code,  basic solar energy technology, and solar photovoltaic systems, design and installation.

Certify Your Skills


Students will have substantial knowledge of solar technologies and electrical installations equivalent to a master electrician. Students will qualify for and succeed on the NABCEP Entry Level Exam (North American Board of Certified Energy Providers). Students will perform at the Installer Certification level.

Accreditation & Accolades


Courses emphasize “green” building techniques, as outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles, to ensure you have the skills needed for jobs today and tomorrow. TCL instructors are LEED certified. Emphasis is placed on “green” building techniques outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles

Quick Facts


Quick Fact 1
Solar experts are in increasing demand locally and nationally.
Quick Fact 2
Hands-on: learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.
Quick Fact 3
Learn from the best: TCL instructors are LEED certified.

What People Are Saying


“At TCL, our focus green building benefits the students and the entire community.”

Tim Newsome Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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Important Additional Admission Requirements

None.

What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 19 credits x $170 per credit = $3,230.

Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

Career & Education Opportunities:

Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The continued expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Is this program for you?

The program is a great fit for those who:

• Have strong math skills and are detail oriented.
• Like hands-on projects.
• Have physical stamina and strength.

Other Resources

Gainful Employment: Learn more about the Solar Photovoltaic Technician Certificate.

Program Dean


Kenneth Flick

Division Dean/Business & Industrial Technologies

kflick@tcl.edu

Instructors


Timothy Newsome

Building Construction Instructor/Industrial Technology

tnewsome@tcl.edu

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